2014 Lavinea Elton Vineyard Chardonnay

Chardonnay - 750ML
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VN 94

Vinous, January 2017

Pale yellow-gold. A highly perfumed, complex bouquet evokes ripe citrus and orchard fruits, iodine, brioche and white flowers, and a hint of smoky lees emerges with air. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering intense...
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, December 2017

Lush and lovely fruits highlight this wine. White peaches, lemon curd, sweet pineapple, quince and a dash of honey all combine gracefully, with a nice kick of fresh acidity. A light touch with new French oak (20%) adds a...
WS 91

Wine Spectator, December 2016

Supple and focused, with lime-accented pineapple and clotted cream flavors, finishing with snap. Drink now through 2020. 303 cases made. — HS
WA 90

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2016

The 2014 Elton Vineyard Chardonnay comes from 22-year-old vines and was picked on 17 September, then matured in 20% new French oak. It has an attractive, quite low-key bouquet with grilled walnut and smoky scents...


Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region Oregon
Sub-region Willamette Valley
Appellation Eola-Amity Hills
Vintage 2014
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.4%
Closure Cork

Introducing the 2014 Lavinea Elton Vineyard Chardonnay, a truly remarkable white wine hailing from the picturesque Eola-Amity Hills sub-appellation of the Willamette Valley in Oregon, USA. This Chardonnay is the epitome of elegance and finesse, showcasing the exceptional craftsmanship of Lavinea, a renowned producer known for their commitment to quality.

In the glass, this wine exhibits a beautiful pale yellow-gold color, hinting at its vibrant character. The nose is greeted with a highly perfumed, complex bouquet, filled with ripe citrus and orchard fruits, brioche, white flowers, and a subtle hint of smoky lees. As the wine opens up, additional layers of aromas emerge, captivating the senses with their intensity and harmony.

On the palate, the 2014 Lavinea Elton Vineyard Chardonnay truly shines. Sappy and expansive, it offers a symphony of flavors that include intense Meyer lemon, pear nectar, and buttered toast. These flavors are complemented by mineral and floral nuances that add depth and complexity to the wine. The mouthfeel is rich and velvety, yet vibrant and refreshing, showcasing the perfect balance achieved in this exceptional vintage.

Critics have been captivated by the allure of this wine, with Wine Enthusiast awarding it an impressive score of 94 points. They describe it as lush and lovely, with white peaches, lemon curd, sweet pineapple, quince, and a dash of honey all gracefully intertwining. The fresh acidity provides a nice kick, while the light touch of new French oak adds a hint of vanilla and Key-lime pie to the finish. It's worth noting that the wine continues to impress even on the second day, showcasing its longevity and potential for aging.

Vinous also awarded this Chardonnay a score of 94 points, praising its powerful and deeply concentrated nature. They note the intense flavors of citrus, orchard fruits, and buttered toast, which are further enhanced by mineral and floral nuances. The finish is extremely long and sappy, leaving a lasting impression on the palate.

The 2014 Lavinea Elton Vineyard Chardonnay is a wine that speaks to the soul of Oregon, showcasing the unique terroir and skillful winemaking techniques of the region. With only 303 cases produced, this wine is a true gem that deserves a place in any wine lover's collection. Enjoy it now or cellar it for the next 6-7 years to experience its full potential.