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2019 Vintage 46 Chardonnay

2019 Vintage 46 Chardonnay

In 1973, Bill Fuller emigrated from California to Oregon to plant vines at Tualatin Vineyard. Forty-six years later, it is our pleasure to continue working with Bill to produce this wine from his favorite blocks of Draper Chardonnay.

On the Nose: Gold in color, the wine opens with aromas of lemon, lime zest, pear, butterscotch and vanilla.

On the Palate: Round and silky in texture, the entry is energetic with flavors of citrus, candied pineapple, saline, brioche and cedar that fold into a finish offering balancing acidity for freshness.

Food Pairings: Pair with both rich and delicate dishes including grilled halibut with sweet corn salsa, steamed clams, soups like French onion or curried butternut squash, hush puppies, lobster mac ‘n cheese, brined turkey and soft cheeses.

Peak Drinkability: 2021 - 2027

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Jim Bernau, Founder/Winegrower


A Wine Dedicated to Oregon Wine Pioneer Bill Fuller

In 1971, Bill Fuller began exploring sites in the Willamette Valley with his business partner Bill Malkmus and eventually moved from California to Oregon with his family to pursue his dreams of starting his own vineyard and producing cool-climate Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley. Established in 1973, Tualatin Estate Vineyard is one of the oldest and most respected vineyard sites in Oregon and was the first to produce an Oregon wine named to the Wine Spectator Top 100 List.

The vineyard site is located in a coastal rain shadow near Forest Grove, Oregon. The soil is called Laurelwood, an ancient ocean bottom uplift topped with loess — glacial scrapings or “rock flour.” The unusual aspect of this soil is the formation of “pisolites,” iron concretions that appear as rusted musket balls in the top layer, creating a pronounced “rose petal” nose that can be easily blind tasted in a lineup of top Oregon Pinots.

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