2010 Chardonnay (Belle Pente)
Belle Pente, Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2010ROUND PINEAPPLE & PEAR, MATURE YET LIVELY Mature, elegant Chardonnay is something that gets us really excited. Really, quite, very excited. Unfortunately, few Chardonnays are built to age gracefully, and those that are tend to be prohibitively pricey, but after six years of bottle aging, Belle Pente's Chardonnay is still drinking beautifully. In one local touch you won't often see, Belle Pente uses 50% homegrown Oregon oak, in addition to 50% French oak. Despite what sounds like a lot of oak from all over, the wine is not too oaky, since only 10-15% of the barrels are new. Harvesting in two waves gives the wine a perfect balance between rich ripeness and fresh brightness. Serving Suggestion: Creamy homemade mac and cheese w/ Firsthand Foods Country Breakfast sausage crumbles. Carrot salad w/ lemon-Dijon vinaigrette.