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Bryn Mawr Vineyards 2017 Eola-Amity Hills Estate Chardonnay

92 Points
Wine Enthusiast
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Wine Enthusiast 92

Mission Codename More Mawr

Back for a Round 2 of a winner today: This phenomenal Willamette value serves style - UNDER $20!!

Like the Essere, this is a lush, creamy, and tropical style. A real crowd-pleaser. Even our resident Chard hater could not find a fault with it at a recent tasting. This stuff simply shines - even brighter when you toss in a 50% plus discount and 92 points. For not even 20 bucks!

We saw Cathy B. recently posted this wine on her Instagram saying “We don’t drink much Chardonnay….Finding a nice bottle from Oregon makes me realize we should have it more often.” Could not agree more, and this is the ONE everybody needs in their stash.

So… Bryn Mawr you say? Never heard of them? Neither had we. They’re a small winery up in Willamette with a fairytale story. The short version starts with Jon and Kathy Lauer, who got married in San Diego in the 1980s and took a drive up to the Bay Area. That’s where they encountered one of the greatest wines known to man – Newton’s Unfiltered Chardonnay – an ultimate benchmark to strive for.

From that point on, they basically became obsessed with wine. Jon planted a half-acre on his parents’ property in San Diego. The wine was good… but not great. During a visit to the Eola-Amity Hills, Jon and Kathy felt a connection with the appellation, and the rest is history. Almost. All they needed next was a rockstar winemaker to keep up with the high level of quality wines being made in the area.

Enter Rachel Rose. She took over in 2010 and was NOT impressed with the double-wide trailer, incessant rain, or the run-down house/basement winery. But she knew they could only go up from there. And up they went as this wine lays testament to their dedication and skill.

Buttery and ripe on one hand, but also zippy and fresh on the other. This walks a fine line between a richer New World style and Burgundian elegance. Lemon bars and lemon zest, flint, maybe some starfruit, and a little toasty brioche, nectarines, and yes, some butter, but not tubs of the stuff. Spending a long time in a third new French oak gives it some of that richness you love, and it has some terrific acidity to keep it all flowing.

Our advice? Get a bunch! And keep a bottle on permanent rotation in a safe, cool place for optimum enjoyment during the last days of summer and beyond.

92 Points – Wine Enthusiast

“Scents of flint, toast and cream open the door to a lovely wine centered around ripe and pretty nectarine fruit. Nicely focused and deep, the flavors show spicy wood highlights as well as a lingering finish which resolves in a wash of toasted hazelnuts. Credit 18 months in 30% new French oak.”

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Bryn Mawr Vineyards 2017 Eola-Amity Hills Estate Chardonnay 750ml Wine Label
Bryn Mawr Vineyards 2017 Eola-Amity Hills Estate Chardonnay 750ml Wine Label
dryness
acidity
tannin
body
fruit
Look

Brilliant gold with amber swirls deeper within and a glimmer of silver on a broad rim

Smell

Lemon bars and lemon zest, maybe some starfruit and a little toasty brioche, and just the right touch of butter

Taste

Buttery and ripe, while zippy and fresh, walking that fine line between a richer style and elegance

Finish

Spending a long time in French oak gives it some of that richness you love, with terrific acidity to balance it all

Pairing

Prawns served over a steaming bowl of fresh pasta tossed in a milder Cajun cream sauce

What the Winery Says 2017 Eola-Amity Hills Estate Chardonnay

Bryn Mawr Vineyards
Bryn Mawr Vineyards
Winemaker
Rachel Rose
Varietal
100% Chardonnay
Vintage
2017
Appellation
Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley
Vineyard
Bryn Mawr Estate
Clones
80% 95, 16% Field Blend, 4% 76
Alcohol
13%
Total acidity
5.8 g/L
pH
3.36
Aging
18 months
Barrels
30% new French oak

About the Winery Bryn Mawr Vineyards

Bryn Mawr Vineyards Winemaker Rachel Rose
Bryn Mawr Vineyards Winemaker Rachel Rose
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