Barry’s Pick: 2015 Haden Fig Chardonnay, $20

Oregon Chardonnay is a wine category that I feel has been flying under the radar for far too long. I have had a number of really good examples of these wines over the last few years, including last summer when I attended Oregon Pinot Camp. The winemaker for Haden Fig, Erin Nuccio, is also the winemaker for one of my favorite Oregon producers, Evesham Wood. His 2015 Willamette Valley Chardonnay is a serious wine for $20.00. Hailing from vineyards that are dry farmed, and fermented and aged in 100% French oak (only 10% new), this wine has a rich, nutty nose reminiscent of caramel Granny Smith apples. The palate is sharper and leaner than the nose suggests, consisting of mineral and citrus notes as well. Only 250 cases produced so get some!