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Salem Wine Co. Oregon Chardonnay 2020
White Wine from USA - Oregon
This chardonnay from Oregon, USA, has almond-skin, lemon-pith and nectarine fruit flavours and an elegant food-friendly style. Salem Wine Co. is a project managed by Evening Land Vineyards – the Oregon property of Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman.
Price: £23.00 Bottle
Price: £276.00 Case of 12
- White Wine
- 2 - Dry
- Now to 2025
- 13% Alcohol
- oak used but not v. noticeable
- Cork, diam
Evening Land is the second venture from top sommelier Raj Parr and winemaker Sashi Moorman, the brains behind Sandhi and Radio Coteau wines from California. Heading north to Oregon they have found an excellent site to make their more European style of elegant wines in the Eola-Amity Hills not far north of Salem.
The principal vineyard here, an east-facing spot called Seven Springs, was first planted in 1984 with mainly pinot noir, plus some gamay and chardonnay. The vines have been farmed biodynamically for over a decade, without irrigation, and the warmth of the summer sun is moderated by cooler Pacific Ocean air coming through a gap in the mountains of the Oregon Coastal Range called, the Van Duzer Gap. The aspect of the slope and the cooling effect of the sea breezes provide excellent conditions for a lengthy ripening period, allowing the grapes plenty of opportunity to accrue depth of flavour and balance while the volcanic soils offer freshness and minerality.
Several cuvées of pinot noir, gamay and chardonnay are made, with the Salem Pinot Noir made from grapes from Seven Springs and two other vineyards of volcanic soil at Eola Springs and Rocky Hill.