Columbia Crest Chardonnay Columbia Valley Grand Estates 2008

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Wine Tasting Notes Intense aromas of apple and pear lead into hints of melon and creamy butter on the palate in this refined Chardonnay. The lingering finish is a lush balance of wood, carmelized sugar, and fruit.

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Columbia Crest:
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.

Member Reviews for Columbia Crest Chardonnay Columbia Valley Grand Estates

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Snooth User: forsynthia
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5.00 5
10/04/2010

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!


Snooth User: cchendoran
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0.00 5
01/02/2010

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.


Snooth User: floridafillie
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3.00 5
02/05/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for Columbia Crest Chardonnay Columbia Valley Grand Estates

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Polished, round and spicy, this is generous with its creamy pear and caramel flavors, lingering on the nutmeg-tinged finish. Drink now through 2014.


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Wine Tasting Notes Intense aromas of apple and pear lead into hints of melon and creamy butter on the palate in this refined Chardonnay. The lingering finish is a lush balance of wood, carmelized sugar, and fruit.

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