I love it when my wife, Faith, surprises me with a new wine that I haven’t tried. Last weekend she stopped by the 300 West Wine Store in SLC and picked up a few bottles of wine, including one that I instantaneously became a huge fan of: Elouan Chardonnay 2019 ($19.99).
This wine is a real beauty. I’ve had pricey bottles of Chardonnay from California and White Burgundy from France, and I’d stack Elouan Chardonnay up against most of them. Who knew Chardonnay from Oregon could be this good?
Then again, with a winemaker as renowned as fifth generation winemaker Joseph Wagner, you can and should expect excellence. According to Elouan Winery, “In January 2014, Joe formed Copper Cane Wine & Provisions, with the goal of focusing on innovations that have always captured his interest, and to find new ways to offer the highest quality products that satisfy consumers’ appetites for genuine craftsmanship. Elouan is a result of that vision.” Known especially for Pinot Noir, if Elouan Pinot is half as tasty as Elouan Chardonnay, I want a case of it NOW.
This Chardonnay offers gorgeous floral aromas of white pear, apricot, acacia and honeysuckle. It is well-balanced, with good acidity, tropical fruit flavors, and subtle (I repeat, SUBTLE) oak. This is a ridiculously elegant wine for 20 bucks and one that you should run, not walk, to your wine store to score.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.
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