Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

"The Grand Estates Chardonnay opens with bright tropical fruit aromas that lead in to notes of soft oak and butterscotch. Ripe fruit flavors are bolstered by lively acidity, yet balanced deftly with a subtle creaminess." -Winery

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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.
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Member Reviews for Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay

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Snooth User: Zuiko
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2.50 5
11/04/2014

After seeing praise for this wine, I had to try it. The nose has noticeable toast and honey notes but the fruit is dominated by the oak. There just isn't enough fruit to come through the oak. Been drinking Chardonnay for 40 years now and must say, this is no 90 point wine. Short finish and simple. My rating-- 84


Snooth User: red0hot0wine
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 04/11/2009

Rich and creamy! Freakin awesome!

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rich
  • creamy
  • oaky.

  • Snooth User: Lawdeda
    6521238
    4.00 5
    Vintage: 2010 11/24/2010

    For the Awesome Price this wine really blew me away, it was better than some expensive wines I have had! Subtle and great with Chicken!


    Snooth User: DSIERRA1587
    146879402
    4.00 5
    Vintage: 2010 03/08/2009

    Four glasses


    Snooth User: forsynthia
    18480659
    5.00 5
    Vintage: 2008 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
    3447713
    0.00 5
    Vintage: 2008 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
    75825613
    3.00 5
    Vintage: 2008 02/05/2011

    Three glasses


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    External Reviews for Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay

    External Review
    Source: We Speak Wine
    Vintage: 2011 12/17/2014

    The Grand Estates Chardonnay opens with bright tropical fruit aromas that lead in to notes of soft oak and butterscotch. Ripe fruit flavors are bolstered by lively acidity, yet balanced deftly with a subtle creaminess. - Juan Munoz Oca, Winemaker ALCOHOL: 13.5% TOTAL ACIDITY: 0.55 g/100ml PH: 3.59


    External Review
    Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
    Vintage: 2011 02/04/2014

    For lovers of lush, buttery Chardonnay, this is the one to seek out. Generously toasty barrel flavors complement spicy pineapple fruit. It’s forward, full-bodied and ready to drink now.


    External Review
    Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
    Vintage: 2011 02/04/2014

    Polished, spicy and expressive, offering spicy, toasty overtones that push against the lemon curd and apple flavors, lingering enticingly, with a hint of smoke. Drink now through 2016.


    External Review
    Source: We Speak Wine
    Vintage: 2011 09/04/2013

    The Grand Estates Chardonnay opens with bright tropical fruit aromas that lead in to notes of soft oak and butterscotch. Ripe fruit flavors are bolstered by lively acidity, yet balanced deftly with a subtle creaminess. - Juan Munoz Oca, WinemakerALCOHOL: 13.5%TOTAL ACIDITY: 0.55 g/100mlPH: 3.59


    External Review
    Vintage: 2010 11/14/2012

    At Columbia Crest we pride ourselves on delivering handcrafted, superior-quality small-lot wines, as well as affordable everyday Washington wines.


    External Review
    Source: The Wine Buyer
    Vintage: 2010 02/05/2013

    This lighter style Chardonnay opens with aromas of fresh spiced peaches and honeysuckle. Lively fruit flavors are accented by notes of lemon zest and creamy marshmallow ending with a juicy, crisp finish. Intended for immediate enjoyment, this Chardonnay captures the varietal intensity indicative of wines from Washington state.


    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    Vintage: 2008 05/23/2011

    Columbia Crest is a perennial favorite for value, represented here by this lovely Chardonnay. Winemaker Doug Gore ferments some grapes in French barrels, some in American oak, some in stainless steel. Gore's master blend results in one of the best and most affordable Washington Chardonnays year after year.


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