Duck Pond Chardonnay 2018
The 2018 Duck Pond Willamette Valley Chardonnay opens with a nose that is vivid and clean with refreshing notes of golden apple, Asian pear, and white peach. Minerality on the nose is marked by wet rocks, dust, and button mushrooms. On the palate, the wine echoes the fruit and earth tones with vibrancy and freshness. Loads of apple and pear with the accent of earth and lees lingering on the long finish. Again there is very little oak influence on the palate, only delicate layers of cinnamon and spice that unfold as the wine warms in the glass. This wine is driven by purity of fruit and mineral character with oak and lees adding subtle complexity to the structure and background of the finished product.