2019 Lenne Willamette Valley Chardonnay
Lenne Estate sits on a small plot of land in Yamhill, Oregon. Owner Steve Lutz purchased the land in 2000 and planted the first vines in 2001. The 21-acre estate vineyard is situated on a steep south facing slope that is ideal for grape growing. While challenging to farm, the Peavine soil that exists in the vineyard is well drained and low in nutrients, which is ideal for vineyards. It tends to produce grapes that are more concentrated, with richer more complex character.
Lenne Estate operates mostly as a Direct to Consumer winery. It has limited distribution, so you will not find it everywhere. But worth seeking out!
This lovely chardonnay opens with medium golden color that is visc0us in the glass. The nose shows notes of brioche, white peach and papaya. It has a silky, creamy mouthfeel, showing butterscotch with a hint of minerality and acidity that integrates nicely. The finish is fresh, very pleasant feel, elegant and long. The wine can age nicely in the bottle but is great to drink right now!
By Perry Miroballi