Brief Wine Note – 2006 Quercus “Theia” Chardonnay

30 Oct

Quercus is one of the many unsung small producers in Oregon, putting out wonderful Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah.

The ’06 Chardonnay is a great representation of Burgundian winemaking style applied to Oregon fruit.  Notes of green apple, lemon curd, apricot, and stone fruits.  Hints of vanilla and butterscotch.  Intense minerality.

Fairly good dose of acid (medium ++), firm grip, and a LONG finish.

If I recall correctly, this was all Dijon Clone 76 fruit from the Temperance Hill Vineyard.

I understand that Michael Beckley (winemaker and owner) decided to pursue his music career and not the winemaking.  This bottle and bottles of his 2007 “Harmonia” Pinot Noir make me wish that he had kept making wine.

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