January 24, 2007

O’Reilly 2005 Oregon Chardonnay, about $14

Chardonnay often gets a bad rap from wine snobs—and they have a point, since the grape is all too often sweet and laden with enough sweet vanilla flavor from oak that it feels more like oak juice than grape juice. But when it’s made well, chardonnay can be a delight: rich and creamy with generous fruit flavors, perhaps a hint of oak adding a toasty edge to the wine. That’s how it is with O’Reilly’s chardonnay, an affordable bottling from Owen Roe, an Oregon winery that produces an array of sought-after wines. To taste more Owen Roe wines, head to Opus in Littleton on January 28 for a special dinner with winemaker David O’Reilly.

This review first appeared in the Denver Post.

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