ESTATE GROWN — Columbia Valley

• COMPOSITION: 100% Chardonnay
• pH: 3.83
• TA: 0.48g / 100 ml
• ALCOHOL: 13.5%
• RESIDUAL SUGAR : 0.2%
• BOTTLED: May 2007
• PRODUCTION: 4,100 cases


Vintage

The 2006 vintage was yet another year of perfect grape growing weather in Washington State. After a wetter than normal Spring, a long, hot summer blossomed, decreasing the quantity harvested, but increasing the quality. Autumn was ideal with dry and warm conditions, making harvest pleasant and flavors perfect.


Winemaking

In order to maximize the potential of our Chardonnay we took a portion of our juice and barrel fermented in a mix of new and older French oak barrels. The balance of the juice was tank fermented to retain the fresh fruit character. All the wine was allowed to fully go through malolactic fermentation and was kept on the lees for an extended period of time. Before bottling the various components were carefully blended giving the wine its nice fruity character with a beautifully rounded finish.


Winemaker Comments

This Chardonnay rocks! Golden delicious apples and a hint of melon are the impression left on the nose. A rich satin mouth-feel with pleasant acids lingers on the palate. Can you say Crème Brulee’? The flavors of vanilla, burnt caramel and hazelnut make this wine almost seem like dessert in a glass. Pair this wine with cream-based pasta sauces, pork tenderloin and fowl.