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DRINK LOCAL: Slagle Creek’s 2013 Chardonnay

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Missed our Wine Issue? We revisit one of last issue’s suggestions, and recommend you pair this review with our more complete online review of local wines.

slagelcreekChardonnay, as one of the most neutral varietals, is heavily impressed by the conditions of the vineyard and the winemaker’s touch. Though, at its worst, classified as wine for the non-wine drinker, or too sweet and buttery, Chardonnay in its diversity is constantly exciting. While the year and the vineyard often give hints to what you will find in a vintage, each and every bottle ultimately is a surprise.

Slagle Creek’s 2013 Chardonnay is a late summer’s dream. It’s unoaked, which leaves it crisp light and refreshing much like a fresh Southern Oregon apple. It features just a hint of sweetness, enough to wet your palate without overwhelming. With slight sea sand minerality and notes of white nectarine, pear and apple the finish is crisp with a touch of citrus. Reminiscent of being a student when summer vacation felt like it would never end, the warm days and cool nights are readily apparent in this vintage due to careful winemaking.

Light enough for the hot afternoon yet robust enough for the chilly evening this is a bottle for a Sunday summer dinner paired with grilled pork and apple sauce.
Photo Credit: Ryly Hamilton

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