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Chinook Wines Chardonnay Yakima Valley 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

started in ss, 60% in new wood for two months, Fruity and fresh on the nose with almond and grape skin character. On entry here is a whisper of tannin here followed by fresh and lively flavors of candied citrus, mineral, green apple and candied lime character. Good length, not elegant but full and exuberant with a really firm and dusty character. This speaks of soil fairly clearly and is not your typical full bodied fruity Chardonnay. It would be fascinating to see how this ages. 89pts

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Chinook Wines:
Since its inaugural vintage 26 years ago, Chinook Wines has been a cornerstone of the Prosser wine community. In 1983, the husband and wife team of Kay Simon and Clay Mackey combined their extensive experience in winemaking and viticulture with the goal of creating quintessential Yakima Valley wines. With Kay’s distinguished background in winemaking and Clay’s as a respected viticulturist, it i... Read more
Since its inaugural vintage 26 years ago, Chinook Wines has been a cornerstone of the Prosser wine community. In 1983, the husband and wife team of Kay Simon and Clay Mackey combined their extensive experience in winemaking and viticulture with the goal of creating quintessential Yakima Valley wines. With Kay’s distinguished background in winemaking and Clay’s as a respected viticulturist, it is the perfect marriage. Through consistency and a focus on quality, Chinook Wines has become synonymous with a limited amount of highly acclaimed dry wines produced from Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. You can get a glimpse of the time and care that goes into Chinook winemaking by simply stepping foot in the winery. For a winery of Chinook’s size, the equipment is carefully designed and reflects Kay and Clay’s strong winemaking background and focus. They have designed their winemaking process to be extremely efficient; while at the same time all incoming fruit is minimally processed. They believe that cleanliness in a winery is just as important as in your favorite restaurant kitchen. For them, winemaking is all about balancing the natural juxtaposition of sugar, acidity and flavor one finds in Yakima Valley grapes. Extraordinary attention is paid from the instant fruit arrives at Chinook to the moment a finished bottle leaves the winery for your table. On the average day at Chinook, if there is one, you’d be just as likely to meet Kay pouring in their tasting room or baking loaves of fresh bread as you would to find her racking a tank or putting together trials for a new blend. Clay could be on his way out the door to hand deliver a vanload of wine to the Seattle area, chatting with a local farmer, setting up for a bottling day, or working in the vineyard. The couple’s no nonsense approach to winemaking, grape growing and life in general endears them to all who cross their (busy) path. Their wines are truly a testimony to a winning partnership. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Chinook Wines Chardonnay Yakima Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,818
4.00 5
03/05/2014

started in ss, 60% in new wood for two months, Fruity and fresh on the nose with almond and grape skin character. On entry here is a whisper of tannin here followed by fresh and lively flavors of candied citrus, mineral, green apple and candied lime character. Good length, not elegant but full and exuberant with a really firm and dusty character. This speaks of soil fairly clearly and is not your typical full bodied fruity Chardonnay. It would be fascinating to see how this ages. 89pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,818
4.50 5
03/05/2014

Four and a half glasses



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