Columbia Crest Chardonnay Columbia Valley Grand Estates 2008
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.
Why this is only rated at 3.5 is beyond me. It's a delicious, creamy, with a bite of spice chardonnay and you want to savor each sip. I've bought two more bottles, one to age for a year or two in order to taste the flavors as it ages. I think it's excellent and a great price!
I am so disappointed in the 2008 Columbia Crest 2008 Chardonnay. It has very little flavor and doesn't come close to the 2006/2007. I would not buy this wine again, unless I find 2006/2007.
External Reviews for Columbia Crest Chardonnay Columbia Valley Grand Estates
Big, bright and round, with a buttery, oaky mix of tropical fruits and plenty of sweet, toasty oak. Very well made in a rich, round, approachable style.
Smooth and polished, with creamy oak character that's as prominent as the pear, tangerine and peach fruit, lingering gently on the finish. Drink now.
Bigger with more obvious oak than the CC "regular," this gets special treatment (hand-stirred for nine months once a week) and 25% new oak. It's nicely integrated, big and buttery, with pleasing layers of carmelized sugar and baked apple. A home run.
Chardonnay is the sweet spot in the white wine lineup (along with Riesling, of course). Big, bright and buttery, with plenty of legit oak highlights - none of this fake vanilla or microwave popcorn excess. Bacon fat, smoke and toast match the big, round, rich fruit.
Though the Wine Advocate has been bellowing it for years, it is worth repeating: Columbia Crest is the source of some of the finest values in the world. I am awestruck that winemaker Ray Einberger and his team can produce such quality in industrial-size quantities. For example, the 2003 Chardonnay Grand Estates (225,000 cases!) reveals delightful aromatics of vanilla bean and ripe pear. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine is broad, spicy, and silky-textured. Its vanilla, spice, and white fruit flavors linger in its appealingly supple and pure finish. Drink this awesome value over the next 1-2 years.
Polished, creamy and elegantly balanced to show off its pear, rose petal and clove flavors, lingering gently on the poised finish. Drink now through 2011.
Polished, round and spicy, this is generous with its creamy pear and caramel flavors, lingering on the nutmeg-tinged finish. Drink now through 2014.