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Oregon Oak in Winemaking

Although I had seen Oregon oak barrels at Belle Pente last year, I didn't realize how much of a part they played in the Chardonnay. For the last ten years, Belle Pente has aged it's Chardonnay in 50% French oak barrels and 50% Oregon Oak barrels. Belle Pente's Chardonnay is elegant and nutty, but does not tend anywhere near coconut and dill. That is because Oregon oak is a different species, Quercus garryana, that grows from the Puget Sound through Oregon to Northern California.