Delightful unoaked Chardonnay that opens with reviving scents of apple, honeysuckle and freshly-cut melon, before evolving to more complex quince, chamomile and beeswax characters. The palate is cool, fruity and very fine, with delicate fruit, flower and mineral flavours interwoven perfectly.
Pair with grilled halibut fillets marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, basil, and garlic.
This brilliant Chardonnay (The USA's best-selling Oregon Chardonnay) is a blend of 32 different lots, all fermented in stainless steel (no wood influence). During winemaking, malolactic fermentation (MLF) is intentionally blocked, to further emphasize the wine's steeliness and purity of fruit.
Founded in 2002 by Domaine Drouhin legend Bill Hatcher and his wife Debbie, A to Z has gone from blending in the Hatcher's kitchen to being Oregon's fastest growing winery. The winery uses biodynamic principles to farm on all owned/long-leased vineyards, and its noble mission is to offer "aristocratic wines at democratic prices."
Oregon, a boutique, family-heavy wine state, specialises in Pinot Noir (60% of production), Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Unheard-of fifty years ago, Oregon Pinots now rank among the very finest American wines. The best are uncannily similar to their Burgundy equivalents, and the mutual affinity between the two regions has led a number of Burgundy's wine icons (e.g. Drouhin) setting up shop in this cool, rainy state. Most of Oregon's vineyards are squeezed into the state's westernmost fifth, within 100 kilometres of the Pacific.