Kelley Fox Durant Vineyard Lark Block Chardonnay 2018


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“Pale yellow-gold. Meyer lemon, pear nectar, saffron, jasmine and toasted brioche on the intensely perfumed, mineral-accented nose. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering densely packed citrus and orchard fruit, floral and sweet butter flavors and a nervy suggestion of saline minerality. Shows superb energy and mineral cut on the penetrating finish, which features a repeating floral quality and a touch of oyster shell. This wine’s blend of power and delicacy is remarkable. Drinking window: 2022-2028. 95 points

Having established herself as one of Oregon’s top producers of Pinot Noir, Kelley Fox is increasingly turning her attention to white wines, which she admits are probably her true “wine loves” on a personal level. She drinks a lot of Chablis, Blanc de Blancs Champagne, and Puligny-Montrachet, when she can find it, and it’s easy to deduce that given her light touch with Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc, even in hot years.”

Josh Raynolds, Vinous (09/20)