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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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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.
Ripe and generous, not heavy, but heady with spice-accented pear, honey and floral aromas and flavors, echoing nicely. Drink now.
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.
Aromas of apple, pear and caramelized sugar carry through to the palate, the refined flavors of this Chardonnay end in a lingering finish that gracefully balances the fruit, and slight notes of butter. - Ray Einberger, Winemaker
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