Sunday, February 8, 2015

2012 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Chardonnay White Label

*Sample Received*

Oregon Chardonnay has come along way since its initial introduction back in the late 60's early 70's when the thought was any burgundy grape would grow well in Oregon. After all Pinot Noir grew well here so will Chardonnay. The misstep then was the differences in climate, the length of the growing season and so in the 1990's a new trend occurred where growers realized the errors and started to study the characteristics of alternative clones and how they react to the soil of Oregon. The results of those in depth studies and meticulous attention to details are what you find in today's Oregon Chardonnay. Fresh and balanced with an elegant use of oak, today's winemaker is producing award winning wines especially my friends at Cornerstone Cellars

I have tasted Cornerstone wines for several years as many of you have as well. Each vintage is different which falls directly in line with the mission of the founders. "Each of our wines expresses the essence of the vineyard, variety and vintage, which combine each harvest to create something never to be exactly repeated." Each vintage Cornerstone reaches beyond excellence to establish higher goals year after year for their wines. The result are these beautiful aromatic and delicious wines we savor.

The nose exhibits creamy vanilla custard, green apple, pineapple and pears. A slight hint of oak, very subtle and not overpowering. A lot of fresh citrus and wild daisies as the wine opens and warms.A character of Cornerstone Wines are their beautiful aromatics and this one does not disappoint!

The mouth is lively with pear, apple and a hint of cantaloupe. Very little oak influences the taste and I enjoy the long lingering finish of slightly sweet pear. The wine really emphasizes the ripe fruit from which it originated and nicely balanced. I paired with my Maryland Crab Cakes and outstanding how the wine complimented the food. This bottle of wine is why you drink Cornerstone and Oregon. Well done gentlemen.

If your stopping by the Yountville tasting room make sure you have a sip of the entire portfolio of Cornerstone Wines. A friendly room where the knowledgeable staff will treat you like family. Headed to Oregon then email Craig and ask for a private tasting. Sip and enjoy Cornerstone Cellars!


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