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Columbia Crest Chardonnay Columbia Valley Two Vines 2008
Score: N/A Tasting Notes: Whole-berry Chardonnay from select vineyards was pressed. The juice was held at 50 degrees in stainless steel tanks for two days allowing solids to settle. 40% of the clarified juice was barrel fermented in new American and French oak, and 30% in older oak barrels to create complexity and maintain the fruit integrity. 30% of the juice was fermented instainless steel to retain the minerality and fruit-forward, elegant characters unique to the Horse Heaven Hills region. All barrels were hand-stirred weekly for six to nine months. Website: 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.
Creamy and vanilla flavors on the nose and palate. Nice finish. Great value!
This is such a spectacular chardonnay! Well balanced tropical fruits with just the right oak and a nice creamy quality but not overly so. Delightful and well worth the price. It's a great value!!
Citrus and buttery nose, leading into a creamy palate with orange notes, and a lengthy finish with notes of lime. Good acidity that cuts through the oak.
This wine is the perfect sipper for me. The balance was perfect - nice crisp acidity and fruit flavors as well as a delightfully buttery body and creamy finish. Highly recommend it as an asperitif, perhaps a nice bath-time drinker.
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Ripe and generous, not heavy, but heady with spice-accented pear, honey and floral aromas and flavors, echoing nicely. Drink now.
This Chardonnay from Washington is a terrific marriage of fruit and French oak with a bit of minerality. It is perfectly balanced between the old super oaky- buttery style and the crisp stainless steel tank versions of the last few years. On the nose, pear, apple and butter lead to a delicate taste of tropical fruit and baking spices with a creamy vanilla finish. Pair this wine with lobster bisque and crusty French bread.
H3 is Columbia Crestandrsquo;s line of wines from the Horse Heaven Hills AVA andmdash; the wineryandrsquo;s home turf andmdash; and the wines seem to have a bit more cut and flair than the slightly less expensive Columbia Valley bottlings. Here you will find a more complex blend of fruits andmdash; starfruit, apple, melon and a hint of bananaandmdash;and less focus on butter and toast. In other words, more of a food and sipping wine.
The 2008 Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills is a bit more serious. Forty percent was barrel-fermented in new oak, 30% in seasoned barrels with the balance in stainless steel. Like the Grand Estates, it was aged for 6andndash;9 months sur lie with weekly batonnage. It gives up aromas of buttered popcorn, pear, spiced apple, and mineral leading to a smooth-textured, ripe Chardonnay with very good volume and concentration. This well-balanced, lengthy effort should drink well for 2andndash;3 years.
Ripe and generous not heavy but heady with spice-accented pear honey and floral aromas and flavors echoing nicely. Drink now.
This Chardonnay from Washington is a terrific marriage of fruit and French oak with a bit of minerality. It is perfectly balanced between the old super oaky- buttery style and the crisp stainless steel tank versions of the last few years. On the nose pear apple and butter lead to a delicate taste of tropical fruit and baking spices with a creamy vanilla finish. Pair this wine with lobster bisque and crusty French bread.
Creamy and smooth, with a toasty edge to the pear and grapefruit flavors, lingering easily on the open-textured finish. Drink now through 2012.
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