David Paige Wines, Willamette Valley (Oregon) Chardonnay 2018

($29):  The cooler Oregon climate likely explains why most Chardonnays from there are typically more understated than most California renditions of Chardonnay.  Finesse-filled and restrained, but certainly not lacking a presence, the 2018 David Paige Chardonnay fits that profile.  A real plus is its below-$30 price tag, unusual for a Chardonnay of this stature.  Delicate, yet persistent, it’s a wine that keeps you engaged because it’s not tiring to drink.  Initial floral notes become more apparent as it opens in the glass while hints of citrus in the finish amplify its charms.
93 Michael Apstein Mar 23, 2021