Naumes Family Vineyards, Rogue Valley (Oregon) Chardonnay 2016

($30):  The Rogue Valley in southwestern Oregon does not have the cachet — yet — for wine that the Willamette Valley has.  Wines from the Naumes family suggests that will change.  The Naumes family has been growing fruit trees in Oregon for over a hundred years and added grapes and wine only in 2013, according to their website, making them a somewhat new player in the Oregon wine industry.  This Chardonnay and their Viognier show they either have extraordinary beginner’s luck or plenty of talent.  One success might be luck, but two suggests talent.  This is a graceful Chardonnay, delivering fresh apple-like notes enhanced with just the right hint of ripeness.   Bright acidity in the finish makes it a delight to drink now.
92 Michael Apstein Oct 15, 2019