2015 Willamette Valley Chardonnay - Torii Mor
Peeled lemon, chopped cucumber, Asian pear. Slightly underripe pineapple, celery salt, a dollop of sour cream. Lifted floral aromatics and tangy minerality. Like taking a big crisp bite out of a juicy golden apple while picking up stones from a babbling stream. This 2015 Willamette Valley Chardonnay by Torii Mor proves that Oregon can do more than just Pinot.
The Willamette Valley put itself on the map with Pinot Noir. Its similarities to Burgundy, both in latitude and climate, have made it a mecca for those aiming to achieve old-world sophistication from new-world soil. While the Pinot Noir coming out of the region certainly is worthy of the hype, there are a number of other terrific varietals being produced in the Willamette Valley as well. This barrel-fermented Chardonnay combines the textural richness of the new world with the minerality and restraint of Burgundy. It is zesty and acidic with the perfect level of roundness and approachability. If you're tired of the over-oaked butterbombs of California but can't stomach the pricetag of top white Burgundy than give this Torii Mor Chardonnay a shot.