Columbia Crest Chardonnay Blend Columbia Valley 2002
Vinification * Grapes were destemmed, crushed and inoculated to begin fermentation. * Fermentation lasted 7-10 days on the skins, with a twice-daily pumpover regime. * The wine aged 12 months in French and American oak barrels. Technical Data * Total acidity: 0.53 g/100ml * pH: 3.66 * Alcohol: 13.50%
At Columbia Crest we pride ourselves on delivering handcrafted, superior-quality small-lot wines, as well as affordable everyday Washington wines. Our first release in 1984 started a tradition that has established us as one of America’s most popular and fast-growing wineries.
good value,fruity,spicy,medium bodied
All I can say is it tastes like butterscotch when it is paired with Goat cheese! Great oaky flavor! Delicious!
Maybe I kept it too long, but nothing special or inspiring. Leaves undesirable aftertaste on tongue.
For the unbelievable price, this is a great table wine. Thanks for Randy Elrod for the recommendation.
External Reviews for Columbia Crest Chardonnay Blend Columbia Valley
Smooth, polished style has tangy pineapple flavors, finishing with a creamy note. Drink now.
Fruity and soft and approachable, a mass-produced wine that still shows hand-crafted flavors. For the price this may well be the countryrsquo;s top chardonnay.
Chardonnay Grand Estates, a superb value. This entirely barrel-fermented wine (60% American and 40% French, each of the 11,400 barrels has its lees stirred by hand every week for 6 months) reveals rich almond and spicy
Bigger with more obvious oak than the CC ldquo;regular,rdquo; this gets special treatment (hand-stirred for nine months once a week) and 25% new oak. Itrsquo;s nicely integrated, big and buttery, with pleasing layers of carmelized sugar and baked apple. A home run.
Ripe and generous, a bright mouthful of lemon-scented pear and kiwi flavors shaded with just enough buttery oak to make it feel rich. Drink now through 2008.
Located in the middle of nowhere, Columbia Crest consistently produces massive quantities of good to excellent wine, a truly remarkable feat. For example, there are 285,000 cases of the 2002 Chardonnay Grand Estates, a superb value. This entirely barrel-fermented wine (60% American and 40% French, each of the 11,400 barrels has its lees stirred by hand every week for 6 months) reveals rich almond and spicy mineral aromas. Medium-bodied, satin-textured, and balanced, it offers loads of pear, apple, and melon flavors in its expressive character. Drink it over the next 2 years.
Yet another re-tool for this winery; Two Vines replaces the Columbia Valley tier. Smooth and flavorful, this chardonnay sports citrus/tropical fruit, suggestions of oak, and medium acids. Plenty of flavor in a balanced, forward, easy-drinking yet meaty effort.