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Fantastic value in Chardonnay, from Oregon or anywhere else, for that matter. Firmly on the limier side of Oregon Chard, with excellent freshness and texture. 75% Wente clone and 25% Dijon clone Chardonnay, all from Four Winds vineyard. Just 226 cases made.

2012 vintage notes: It's like biting into a Key lime pie, then grabbing a piece of white peach. Throw in subtle shades of slate and herbs and yum, I can't wait to pair this with fresh halibut. Made entirely from Four Winds Vineyard. - Marcus

Previous vintage notes: If you want to taste the future of Oregon Chardonnay, this is it. Fantastic texture and weight, mouthwatering acidity, opening with kaffir lime and transitioning to this incredible lemon-bar with graham cracker crust thing. So awesome! I want to drink it for breakfast.

This is a single vineyard Chardonnay (Four Winds) that, alongside Cameron's and Arterberry Maresh's Dundee Hills bottlings, serves as the flagship for value in Oregon Chardonnay. . - Marcus

This is a really exciting wine (as is the Four Winds bottling)!! I love the fruit and personally worked hard at dialing in the barrel treatment more to my liking than last year (though 2010 was pretty tasty). I think this is more refined across the whole palate. The partial malo also kept it both rich and refreshing. The Ph is 3.3 so it has plenty of attack from an acid standpoint, but also with a generous amount of complexity. Alcohol is in the low 12's, keeping it light enough for the delicate aromas and flavors to shine. I really like the fact that it sat in stainless to finish - that seems to have worked to tighten up the package and meld the different barrels. It's a Burgundian method (some producers) I'm prescribing to. It's also basically a single vineyard Chard so the expression of fruit is completely focused, no loose ends. - Tyson

Scent of an Oregon spring, flavors of lime blossom and crisp pear lingering with hints of minerals, jasmine and citrus.

Entirely Four Winds Vineyard (Coast range vineyard, 825 ft. elevation, old vines (planted in 1991)) 75% Wente clone, 25% Dijon. Barrel fermented, approx. 20% new wood, partial Malolactic, no lees stirring. Aged in wood 13 months, finished in stainless (new approach) for 2 months prior to bottling.

The blend is finished for the 2011 vintage and the eagerly anticipated Crowley Chardonnay is here. Tyson has quite a following for this wine - he's part of the new bunch of Oregon Chardonnay pioneers - innovative wineries, mostly small, who recognize that the grape is a natural for Oregon - it's White Burgundy, right? Just as Burgundy's famous red wine (Pinot noir) is a perfect fit for our climate, so is their famous white. Check out Tyson's take on cool climate Northwest Chardonnay - 2011 vintage.

2010 Vintage

98 points and #1 rated white wine from Portland Monthly, October 2012.

Tyson Crowley is one of the best things that has happened to Oregon Chardonnay. He's definitely an Oregon Chardonnay crusader. His 2010 Chard opens with Oregon aromas - lemon, lime, and a touch of green apple. There's a nice weight and roundness, and it moves in the glass, filling out as it opens. It's my kind of finish - acid-driven - and I'm thirsty just thinking about this wine. - Marcus

at right, Tyson Crowley

Only 9 barrels were made: 4 Wente clone from Four Winds Vineyard, 2 Dijon clone from Four Winds, 1 barrel from Maresh Vineyard. This is the first of three Chardonnays Tyson produced in 2010.

Tyson's Chardonnay is an excellent value and always sells out quickly. Don't wait too long to try this one.

Tyson Crowley is the owner/winemaker of his Crowley Oregon winery. He worked at Erath for six years and most recently, Cameron Winery. At Cameron, Tyson "beat out Jackson the dog as John Paul's most loyal companion." He also worked harvest at J.K. Carriere and Brick House.

Portland Monthly: "A perfect example of the new Oregon chardonnay, with lively acid and light, well-integrated oak aging (25 percent new barrels), this bottle allows the passion fruit and stone fruit notes to shine."

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