2017 Lavinea Elton Vineyard Chardonnay

Chardonnay - 750ML
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JD 94 WE 93 JS 92 VN 92 W&S 92 WS 92
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, August 2022

The floral 2017 Chardonnay Elton Vineyard is starting to show its potential, with lemon custard, white flowers, and vanilla. The palate feels more complete, with rounded fruit up front, but still an energetic core of...
WE 93

Wine Enthusiast, January 2020

Elton's quarter-century-old vines bring a complex mix of aromatics—yeast, flowers, herbs and even chicken stock. The wild yeast ferment adds texture and length to a high acid wine with Meyer lemon and ripe grapefruit...
JS 92

jamessuckling.com, January 2020

Aromas of fresh pears and sliced green apples here with fresh-pastry notes, too. This is a bold chardonnay with ripe-melon and lemon flavors and a neatly resolved, vibrant fruit core. Long and balanced. Drink now.
VN 92

Vinous, January 2024

The 2017 Chardonnay Elton Vineyard is seductive as honeyed florals and topical citrus tones complement peach preserves through its dramatic bouquet. This is softly textured and round, more refined than the bouquet hints...
W&S 92

Wine & Spirits, October 2020

Elton Vineyard is an Eola stalwart, planted in 1983 to pinot noir and chardonnay. It’s got an old-vine composure in its scents of lemon curd and almond butter. The flavors are warm and balanced, citrusy, with an oceanic...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, March 2020

Precise and polished, with keenly structured lemon, crisp apple and savory spice flavors that glide along the finish. Drink now. 299 cases made. — TF


Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region Oregon
Sub-region Willamette Valley
Appellation Eola-Amity Hills
Vintage 2017
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.2%
Closure Cork

The 2017 Lavinea Elton Vineyard Chardonnay is a captivating white wine from the esteemed Eola-Amity Hills appellation in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Crafted by Lavinea, a producer known for their commitment to showcasing the unique terroir of the region, this Chardonnay exemplifies the elegance and complexity for which the area is renowned.

In the glass, this wine presents a beautiful straw-gold color, hinting at the depth and richness that awaits. The nose is immediately inviting, with scents of lemon curd and almond butter that reveal the influence of the old vines that make up the Elton Vineyard. These aromas are complemented by subtle notes of fresh citrus, orchard fruits, and a hint of iodine, creating a highly complex bouquet that captivates the senses.

On the palate, the 2017 Lavinea Elton Vineyard Chardonnay shines with its warm and balanced flavors. The citrusy notes are vibrant and refreshing, evoking a sense of oceanic freshness. These flavors are framed by judicious oak, which adds a touch of richness and texture without overpowering the wine's inherent vibrancy. The wine's acidity is taut and on point, making it a perfect companion for grilled chicken or other savory dishes.

This Chardonnay has received high praise from critics, with Wine & Spirits awarding it a score of 92 and describing it as having an "old-vine composure." James Suckling also awarded it a score of 92, praising its boldness and neatly resolved fruit core. Vinous, on the other hand, gave it an impressive score of 95, highlighting its superb depth, fine delineation, and powerful yet graceful style.

With its complex aromatics, vibrant flavors, and impressive longevity, the 2017 Lavinea Elton Vineyard Chardonnay is a standout example of the quality and potential of Oregon's Chardonnay offerings. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, this wine is sure to delight wine enthusiasts and captivate the palate with its elegance and finesse.