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2018 Willamette Valley Vineyards Dijon Clone Chardonnay

2018 Willamette Valley Vineyards Dijon Clone Chardonnay

There’s an interesting story behind this wine as evidenced by the clue in its name “Dijon Clone.”

Willamette Valley Vineyards founder Jim Bernau travelled to Burgundy France in the 80’s and brought back these vines for use in Oregon vineyards where he expected they might also thrive.  And based on my tasting on this bottle, thrive is definitely the right word.

I wasn’t sure what to expect but this turned out to be a delicious blend of the old and new worlds of wine.  Super pure and clean, just the style of Chardonnay that I enjoy the most as long-time readers will know.

Dijon Clone Chardonnay

The wine pours a medium gold in the glass; lemony citrus fruit with a hint of vanilla on the nose; in the glass is more lemon, apple and apricot flavors; super clean fruit that shines through with nice acidity.  Juicy and minerally in the finish.

This one is definitely on more of the clean fruit, pure side of Chardonnays vs the overly oaky and buttery.  The wine has plenty of depth and complexity to remain interesting, and it is certainly food friendly as well.

Retail price is around $25 so Costco’s price of $15.99 makes this a fantastic buy.  I’m going to put this on our Top Picks list as it’s one of the better Chardonnays from Costco that I’ve tasted recently in this price range. Rating: 90 points (a Costco Wine Top Pick)

Costco item number: 2812

Alc. 13.5%

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Bob Gorman

Saturday 8th of May 2021

Keeping with the theme of "old world" DiJon clone, but with a French Chardonnay; we just pulled a bottle of Marcel Servin's Chablis 2013 from the cellar to enjoy with the halibut we were preparing. It was perfectly mature with still nervy honeyed citrus notes and very long finish - it went beautifully with the poached fish. As this was our last bottle of the "13", I'm wondering if we can expect Costco to offer his wines again? Thanks.


Saturday 8th of May 2021

Nice pairing. I bet that was amazing. That bottle is still around. We just tasted the ‘18 vintage and loved it

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