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de Lancellotti Family Vineyards 2018 La Sorella Chardonnay

It’s all about attention to detail

Growing up, Paul de Lancellotti never would have imagined he’d be a farmer or a winemaker. He wasn’t sure what he’d end up doing; all he knew is that he was good with his hands and enjoyed being outside – wherever that was.

Fast forward to 1998 when Paul’s wife Kendall’s family bought a piece of property in Newberg and decided to plant a vineyard. Paul and Kendall were all in and helped the Bergstrom family create one of the most well-known Pinot Noir brands in the Willamette Valley. Paul learned by doing and caught the wine bug.

Before long, he decided to start his own brand – de Lancellotti Family Vineyards – and in 2001, Paul and Kendall planted their own family vineyard.

Paul and Kendall are committed to an organic and biodynamic approach to vineyard management – a hands-on approach that Paul had identified as the key to success of the high-quality wines coming from the Chehalem Mountains in those early days.

They now have a biodynamically-farmed vineyard and make 2000 cases a year.

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

de Lancellotti Family Vineyards, Newberg, Oregon
2018 La Sorella Chardonnay

The 2018 La Sorella Chardonnay is a blend of grapes from three amazing vineyards -- Anderson, Formaglini, and Hyland -- all in the Chehalem Mountains.

All of the de Lancellotti wines are made as naturally as possible with native yeast. They’re aged in well-used oak barrels to minimize the oak flavor impact while still ensuring the right mouthfeel.

You’ll notice aromas of kefir lime leaves and stone fruit along with a hint of flinty, wet stone. In the mouth, you’ll get pear, gooseberry, and preserved lemon -- well balanced by a marcona almond nuttiness. This has a nice, long finish with fresh acidity and just a hint of creaminess.

So good!

A Cellar 503 selection in February 2021, Oregon Classics Oregon | Chardonnay