By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.sevenofheartswine.com/
Based in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Seven Hearts winery produces small, hand-crafted wines that have been garnering a loyal following from both wine lovers and critics. Its wines do a good job of expressing the terroir of the region there while remaining food-friendly.
- Cases Produced: 224
- Clone Selections: 76
- Vineyard: Crawford Beck
- Vine Age: Planted 1996
- Soils: Volcanic
- Harvest Dates: October 12, 2009
- Bottling Date: December 21, 2010
- Cooperage: 100% Neutral French Oak
- Alcohol: 15.7%
- Price: $24
Nose: Nice hints of kiwi, lime, cantelope and a hint of grapefruit along with a very slight amount of chalk dust.
Taste: A super-clean-tasting Chardonnay that delivers on that classic Oregon approach to making chardonnay that’s not overkill. Good acids, very good fruit and a finish that’s both bright and long. A very food-friendly chardonnay that is a breath of fresh air.