Tasting Notes: Willamette Valley is quickly becoming my go-to for spectacular chardonnay. Lavinea is making some of my favorite New World chardonnays. The winemaker is Isabelle Meunier (Evening Land, Domaine Vougeraie and Felton Road) who apprenticed under famed Bourgogne winemaker Dominique Lafon. This wine is 100% chardonnay from Lazy River Vineyard, located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA perched at the foothills of the Coast Range on a south-facing slope with red iron volcanic Jory soils. The wine aged in 20% new French oak. This chardonnay is sneaky good. Flavors of ripe apple and lemon citrus hit the palate with medium intensity. The wine is linear, yet plush with hints of dried white flowers wafting throughout the palate with a backbone of minerality. The finish is light and fresh with hints of grilled nuts, crushed wet rocks and just a whiff of exotic spice. Yum!