2014 Raphaël Sallet Macon-Uchizy Les Maranches

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Yellow apple, pear, white peach, brisk lemon/lime and chalky mineral scents are enticing. Clean and fresh on the palate; mineral driven with hints of fresh cream joining the scent flavors. Finishes dry with vanilla bean, crisp citrus and chalky minerals lingering. Beautiful, balanced Chardonnay; can’t beat it for $15.

The commune (or village) of Uchizy produces only Chardonnay from its east facing slopes under the Macon appellation in Burgundy, France.

2014 Montinore Estate Borealis “The Northern Whites”

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Every source I look at has different percentages, but this wine is a blend of Gewürztraminer, Müller-Thurgau, Riesling and Pinot Gris. Extremely fragrant with peach, yellow apple, pineapple and bright citrus with accents of hay and fresh flowers. Ripe peach and pear rush the palate followed by fleshy citrus and crisp acidity. Extremely delicious, well balanced and versatile white.

Montinore Estate is a Demeter Certified Biodynamic® and Stellar Certified Organic estate that lies at the northern end of the Willamette Valley. The first time I tasted their Pinot Gris blind I thought it was French. Their wines are pure, clean and beautiful with a sense of place the French refer to as “terroir”.  All this and affordable too; the Borealis white is $16.99, the Pinot Noir is $21.99.