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VGW Chardonnay

9.311 ratings
9.34 pro ratings
Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.2

Rounding up here. Closer to 89-90 upon opening, but fleshed out and mellowed (in a good way) later in the day.

I’ve had the VGW, EGW, Eola Springs and the Richard Hermann and found the VGW to be the most different. The vein of simileties between these Chardonnays is a fair bit of reduction, but the others have this sweet-smoke to them…the VGW comes across more sweat/vegetal on the nose. I put it in a decanter and left it alone for an hour and it had shed that note and revealed grilled lemon and oyster shell in its place. Deep yellow in the glass with a bright yet mid weight profile. It’s not rich nor is it lean. Herb crusted yellow fruits and lemon oil dominate the palate. Stoney/mineral driven. I corked this after 6hrs and then revisited the next day and found that it was fairly similar to the last glass I had the evening before. Obviously a few years will benefit this, but if opening now, definitely give it a decant.

I’m not sure I can compare this Oregon Chardonnay to anything else. 13% ABV, and I suppose it’s very “Oregon” as I could see it being a bridge between OR and burgundy.

Rounding up here. Closer to 89-90 upon opening, but fleshed out and mellowed (in a good way) later in the day.

I’ve had the VGW, EGW, Eola Springs and the Richard Hermann and found the VGW to be the most different. The vein of simileties between these Chardonnays is a fair bit of reduction, but the others have this sweet-smoke to them…the VGW comes across more sweat/vegetal on the nose. I put it in a decanter and left it alone for an hour and it had shed that note and revealed grilled lemon and oyster shell in its place. Deep yellow in the glass with a bright yet mid weight profile. It’s not rich nor is it lean. Herb crusted yellow fruits and lemon oil dominate the palate. Stoney/mineral driven. I corked this after 6hrs and then revisited the next day and found that it was fairly similar to the last glass I had the evening before. Obviously a few years will benefit this, but if opening now, definitely give it a decant.

I’m not sure I can compare this Oregon Chardonnay to anything else. 13% ABV, and I suppose it’s very “Oregon” as I could see it being a bridge between OR and burgundy.

May 7th, 2022
Eric Urbani

Fabulous - drinks like a burg

Fabulous - drinks like a burg

Nov 26th, 2020
Aravind A

Pop and pour. Paired with a medley of roast vegetables: broccoli with olive oil, cayenne and nutritional yeasts, carrots wth cumin and olive oil, and cauliflower with nutritional yeasts and liquid aminos; yes, very vegan again. On the nose: wow, soft noble struck match, lemon oil, sweet apple, lemon, and a soft cooling mint. On the palate: fantastic acidity and density: black and white pepper, lemon, loads of mineral and wet stone, then soft white pepper and bright lemon on the finish. Absolutely lovely.

Pop and pour. Paired with a medley of roast vegetables: broccoli with olive oil, cayenne and nutritional yeasts, carrots wth cumin and olive oil, and cauliflower with nutritional yeasts and liquid aminos; yes, very vegan again. On the nose: wow, soft noble struck match, lemon oil, sweet apple, lemon, and a soft cooling mint. On the palate: fantastic acidity and density: black and white pepper, lemon, loads of mineral and wet stone, then soft white pepper and bright lemon on the finish. Absolutely lovely.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 26th, 2021
Jim Wagonfeld

Read @Aravind A review from 2/25/21 below. If blinded on this wine I would have said PM at 1er level or above from a notable producer. I’ve not had a better Chardonnay from OR.

Read @Aravind A review from 2/25/21 below. If blinded on this wine I would have said PM at 1er level or above from a notable producer. I’ve not had a better Chardonnay from OR.

May 21st, 2022
Jeff Orlowski

Lovely full bodied Chardonnay. Apples, citrus, nice acidity. Should age well if you choose.

Lovely full bodied Chardonnay. Apples, citrus, nice acidity. Should age well if you choose.

Nov 14th, 2021
Brendan Baker

Flinty, struck match, white Burgundy nose. Lemon zest, high acid, but a bit hollow on the mid-palate

Flinty, struck match, white Burgundy nose. Lemon zest, high acid, but a bit hollow on the mid-palate

Jan 31st, 2021
Eric Urbani

Eric had this a year ago

Eric had this a year ago

Feb 9th, 2021
Stanley Barrios

Stanley had this 2 years ago

Stanley had this 2 years ago

Nov 25th, 2020
Elizabeth Criner

Elizabeth had this a year ago

Elizabeth had this a year ago

Jun 13th, 2021
Sarah Oettel

Sarah had this a year ago

Sarah had this a year ago

Apr 3rd, 2021