Accolades for Chardonnay
Int'l Wine Review calls 2011 Chardonnay "Beautifully Balanced, Elegant"
"A beautifully balanced, elegant wine with well-integrated oak, energetic acidity, & Burgundian finesse...Among our favorite producers of Chardonnay..."
Mike Potashnik & Don Winkler, International Wine Review, Sept/Oct 2013
"Although Riesling receives much of the critical acclaim, Washington actually produces more Chardonnay...Chardonnay is grown almost everywhere & is typically made in a judiciously oacked & fresh, almost steely style...Among our favorite producers of Chardonnay are:...Forgeron...
Marie-Eve Gilla is winemaker at this Walla Walla winery established in 2001. Born in France & married to Gilles Nicault of Long Shadows, Marie-Eve has been making wine in Washington State since the early 1990s. Her winemaking is French in orientation aimed at producing wines of balance, elegance & refinement…"
2011 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley ($27)
"A beautifully balanced, elegant wine with well-integrated oak, energetic acidity, & Burgundian finesse. Notes of fresh orchard fruit, lees, & a hint of floral orange citrus show on the nose & palate, the latter contributed by a dash of Orange Muscat. About half the fruit comes from the Weinbau Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope. Aged 8 months in 32% new oak with frequent battonage. 91 Points"
Mike Potashnik & Don Winkler, International Wine Review, Sept/Oct 2013Tweet