The West Coast Pinot Noir Specialist Increases Offerings with a New Chardonnay from Oregon’s Esteemed Willamette Valley
SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (April 19, 2021) – Critically-acclaimed Pinot Noir specialist, Siduri, today announces the inaugural release of the 2019 Siduri Willamette Valley Chardonnay. Sourced from a collection of pristine vineyards in Oregon’s renowned wine country, the introduction of this new offering is evidence that Siduri’s innovative spirit continues to thrive under winemaker Matt Revelette, who began leading the winemaking program in 2019.
Siduri is no stranger to the Willamette Valley, home to iconic producers of Pinot Noir. For more than two decades, the winery has consistently crafted single-vineyard and appellation expressions of Pinot Noir from this esteemed region. The appellation is celebrated for its Pinot Noir, but its Burgundian counterpart, Chardonnay, has increasingly received critical acclaim.
In Siduri’s 27-year history, the iconic Pinot Noir producer has crafted only a handful of white wines, mostly experimental small-lot, limited-production blends. Revelette’s experience making Chardonnay in previous roles at Sojourn Cellars, Kosta Browne and Williams Selyem grew his fondness for the variety, and the energy and tension displayed by Oregon expressions drove his interest in crafting one for Siduri. The terroir of the Willamette Valley is gracefully captured by the Chardonnay grape, and when the opportunity arose to make a Willamette Valley Chardonnay, he jumped at the chance.
“There’s a freshness and energy to Willamette Valley Chardonnays – the acid structure combined with the aromatic and flavor complexity from these vineyards immediately drew me in,” says Siduri Winemaker, Matt Revelette. “While Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is long-established and much more widely planted, Chardonnay has really hit its stride over the last couple of decades and has generated so much well-deserved excitement. My goal is to make a wine that embodies Siduri’s signature style with weight, structure, and vibrant acidity. These same characteristics exemplify Chardonnay from Willamette Valley and is why this region was the obvious choice for Siduri’s first Chardonnay.”
The inaugural release of the 2019 Siduri Willamette Valley Chardonnay ($35) is a blend of vineyards that have been key pillars of the Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir program – predominantly Gran Moraine, Zena Crown and Maple Grove – that have Chardonnay plantings that are equally expressive. The Chardonnay was fermented in stainless steel to preserve floral aromatics while a few prized vineyard sections went into concrete eggs to add finesse. The balance of the blend was barrel fermented and stirred on the lees to continually build palate weight and roundness through the finish. The resulting wine is a harmonious blend that offers up freshness in spades, backed by mouthwatering acidity and balanced richness that begs for another sip.
The 2019 Siduri Willamette Valley Chardonnay ($35) is available for purchase in stores and online. To find the wine at a retailer near you, please use the Siduri store locator. To learn more, please visit www.siduri.com or follow Siduri on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @SiduriWines.
For over 25 years, Siduri has specialized in producing cool-climate Pinot Noir from five major AVAs along the West Coast, spanning from the Willamette Valley in Oregon, down to California’s Santa Barbara County. Their goal is to produce Pinot Noir that best captures the distinct flavor and character of a given vineyard site. To that end, they specialize in Pinot Noir and source only from vineyards that provide exceptional fruit. Siduri’s philosophy is that wine should be a pleasure to drink and that serious wine and serious fun aren’t mutually exclusive. To learn more about Siduri, please visit www.siduri.com and follow Siduri on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @SiduriWines.