Pinot noir specialist Siduri has announced the inaugural release of the Siduri Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2019.
Sourced from a collection of vineyards in Oregon’s wine country, the introduction of this new offering was overseen by winemaker Matt Revelette.
Siduri is no stranger to the Willamette Valley. For more than two decades, the winery has crafted single-vineyard and appellation expressions of pinot noir from the region. In Siduri’s 27-year history, the producer has put out only a handful of white wines, mostly experimental small-lot, limited-production blends.
Revelette has experience making chardonnay in previous roles at Sojourn Cellars, Kosta Browne and Williams Selyem grew his fondness for the variety. “There’s a freshness and energy to Willamette Valley Chardonnays — the acid structure combined with the aromatic and flavor complexity from these vineyards immediately drew me in,” says Revelette. “While Willamette Valley pinot noir is long established and much more widely planted, chardonnay has really hit its stride over the last couple of decades and has generated so much well-deserved excitement.”
“My goal is to make a wine that embodies Siduri’s signature style with weight, structure and vibrant acidity,” he adds. “These same characteristics exemplify chardonnay from Willamette Valley and is why this region was the obvious choice for Siduri’s first chardonnay.”
The inaugural release of the 2019 Siduri Willamette Valley Chardonnay is a blend of vineyards: Gran Moraine, Zena Crown and Maple Grove. The chardonnay was fermented in stainless steel to preserve floral aromatics while a few vineyard sections went into concrete eggs to add finesse. The balance of the blend was barrel fermented and stirred on the lees to continually build palate weight and roundness through the finish, the company says.
The 2019 Siduri Willamette Valley Chardonnay is available for a suggested retail price of $35 per 750-ml. bottle, in stores and online. To find the wine at a retailer near you, use the Siduri store locator.