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Del Rio Vineyards Chardonnay, Rogue Valley
Del Rio Vineyards Chardonnay, Rogue Valley
Del Rio Vineyards Chardonnay, Rogue Valley

2013 Del Rio Vineyards Chardonnay, Rogue Valley

Variety
Variety
Chardonnay
Vintage
Vintage
2013
Style
Style
Juicy
Region / Country
Region / Country
Rogue Valley, USA
Del Rio Vineyards supplies grapes to renowned Oregon vintners and also turns out handful of cuvées under its own label, like this silky Chardonnay.
$15.00 / each
Member Price: $13.50
This product is currently sold out in our wine shop but may be available in one of our gift packs.
Inside Story
For anyone who finds California Chardonnays too sweet and heavy, and French versions too tart and austere, Oregon wines represent a fabulous midpoint. The state’s northern climate produces whites that are both crisp and rich, with energetic fruit flavors and a lively crispness that begs another sip. Del Rio Vineyards is located in the Rogue Valley, an up-and-coming wine district in southern Oregon, just across the border with California.
Del Rio founders Lee and Margaret (“Cookie”) Traynham made their 1,000-acre ranch into one of Oregon’s premier sources of Rogue Valley grapes, selling their fruit to esteemed wineries such as Domaine Serene, Bethel Heights and Penner-Ash. In the early 2000s, Lee partnered up with Rob and Jolee Wallace and got Del Rio into the wine business, converting a former apple-packing house into a small winery and hiring winemaker Jean-Michel Jussiaume. A native of the Loire Valley, Jussiaume excels with white wines, like this creamy, vibrant Chardonnay.
In the Glass
Jean-Michel Jussiaume ages most of this Chardonnay in French oak barrels, but lets a small portion of it mature in tanks. The barrel-influenced wine gives this cuvée its hints of vanilla and nutmeg; the tank-aged juice contributes pure apple, peach and pear notes. The result is a juicy, lithe Chardonnay with pinpoint balance.
At the Table
Pair this Chardonnay with mildly seasoned poultry and seafood dishes, or vegetarian pastas and rice preparations that get a little richness from butter or cream. Think grilled vegetables tossed with pasta, a lemon risotto, creamy farfalle or spaghetti, grilled chicken breasts or richly sauced grilled scallops or lobster.

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