Named 'White Wine of the Year' at Seattle magazine's Washington Wine Awards.
Marie-Eve is super excited about this release. Calling it Burgundian might seem like a cliché but it is definitely a cooler style Chardonnay, extremely balanced with good typicity and aromas of white flowers, almond, pear, and apple are complemented by a discreet and harmonious toastiness from the French Oak.
We were very diligent to pick the grapes earlier as 2014 was a very warm vintage. We source our Columbia Valley Chardonnay grapes from select sites, some warmer, some cooler, throughout Washington to impart different characteristics.
Our Gorge AVA grapes (Celilo, Underwood) provide freshness and minerality. The cooler Yakima Valley grapes (Crawford, French Creek) bring nice acids and flavor. The warmer Wahluke Slope (Weinbau) grapes impart fullness and complexity from the old vines (planted 1981). For 2014 we added a touch of Sauvignon Blanc (Dionysus) for its refreshing crispness in a warm vintage.
Chardonnay: 36% The Columbia Gorge AVA (Celilo Vineyard and Underwood Vineyard); 34% Yakima Valley (French Creek, Crawford vineyards); 25% Wahluke Slope (Weinbau Vineyard)
Sauvignon Blanc: 100% Columbia Valley, Dionysus Vineyard
We did separate the hard press wines from the light press to minimize phenol extraction which causes bitterness and heaviness.
Lush and full-bodied, with tangy acidity.
NOSE: creamy peach, pear flower, banana, tropical fruits and lemon
MOUTH: Bosc pear, juicy star fruit, and pineapple
FOOD & WINE PAIRING: oysters, scallops in light cream sauce, salmon risotto, fettuccine alfredo