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Foundry Vineyards Chardonnay 2011

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This exceptional, and exceptionally priced, wine just received 92 points from the Wine Enthusiast making it one you’ll want to cellar up on. Aged in a twelve hectoliter oak tank handcrafted by a small cooperage in Burgundy, the fruit is held rather than overpowered. With 93% Chardonnay and 7% Maria Gomes -- a stunner of a grape -- this wine gives off notes of delicate florals and greenery and tastes of Granny Smith apple and sun-ripened pear. A touch of viscosity on the tongue and fine balance comes from aging the fruit on its lees. Drink with Seared scallops, fancy Grilled cheese & tomato soup, grilled vegetables and stone fruits, and, of course, friends. Foundry vineyards celebrates the art of the celebrated Walla Walla Foundry, which casts bronze pieces for world-renown artists ranging from Tom Otterness to Roy Lichtenstein, with the art of fine winemaking. Consulting winemaker Ali Mayfield left her job as a UPS truck driver to pursue her passion for winemaking and honed her craft at Long Shadows Vintners and Corliss Estates before joining Foundry Vineyards in 2010. If the scores from her inaugural vintage are any indication, she’s a winemaker you’ll want to add to your “watch” list.

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Winery: The Foundry
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Varietal: Chardonnay
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The Foundry:
Beginning in 1998 Mark and Patty Anderson planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes on 3.5 acres behind their home. Initially, most of the grapes were sourced out to other Walla Walla wineries, but in 2003 they decided to hold back some of the fruit to create a small amount of wine that would commemorate the work of their clients at the Walla Walla Foundry. The inaugural vintage, a blend of... Read more
Beginning in 1998 Mark and Patty Anderson planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes on 3.5 acres behind their home. Initially, most of the grapes were sourced out to other Walla Walla wineries, but in 2003 they decided to hold back some of the fruit to create a small amount of wine that would commemorate the work of their clients at the Walla Walla Foundry. The inaugural vintage, a blend of Cabernet and Merlot grapes from their Stonemarker Vineyard, featured label artwork by renowned artist Jim Dine. The relationship between Dine and Anderson has been forged over twenty years, and it only seemed fitting that the first vintage celebrated their friendship. In the years that have followed, Mark and Patty have increased the number of bottles they produce, but intend to keep their focus on small lot production. Mark, who holds a degree in studio art from Whitman College, found the winemaking process similar to the process of making art. FV is strengthening the relationship between art and wine by combining inspired winemaking with a complimentary visual aesthetic. In early 2009 Mark and Patty Anderson brought Squire Broel on as a winery partner. Squire, a visual artist and life-long wine lover, will add his aesthetic vision to this exciting wine project. Foundry VIneyards is commited to the creative production of high quality wine that reflects the richness of the Walla Walla Valley. It's our intention to continue exploring the inspired similarities presented in both wine and art making. Read less

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Snooth User: terroir360
1176165202
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02/02/2013

This exceptional, and exceptionally priced, wine just received 92 points from the Wine Enthusiast making it one you’ll want to cellar up on. Aged in a twelve hectoliter oak tank handcrafted by a small cooperage in Burgundy, the fruit is held rather than overpowered. With 93% Chardonnay and 7% Maria Gomes -- a stunner of a grape -- this wine gives off notes of delicate florals and greenery and tastes of Granny Smith apple and sun-ripened pear. A touch of viscosity on the tongue and fine balance comes from aging the fruit on its lees. Drink with Seared scallops, fancy Grilled cheese & tomato soup, grilled vegetables and stone fruits, and, of course, friends. Foundry vineyards celebrates the art of the celebrated Walla Walla Foundry, which casts bronze pieces for world-renown artists ranging from Tom Otterness to Roy Lichtenstein, with the art of fine winemaking. Consulting winemaker Ali Mayfield left her job as a UPS truck driver to pursue her passion for winemaking and honed her craft at Long Shadows Vintners and Corliss Estates before joining Foundry Vineyards in 2010. If the scores from her inaugural vintage are any indication, she’s a winemaker you’ll want to add to your “watch” list.


Snooth User: terroir360
1176165202
0.00 5
02/02/2013

This exceptional, and exceptionally priced, wine just received 92 points from the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (April 2013) making it one you’ll want to cellar up on. Aged in a twelve hectoliter oak tank handcrafted by a small cooperage in Burgundy, the fruit is held rather than overpowered. With 93% Chardonnay and 7% Maria Gomes -- a stunner of a grape -- this wine gives off notes of delicate florals and greenery and tastes of Granny Smith apple and sun-ripened pear. A touch of viscosity on the tongue and fine balance comes from aging the fruit on its lees. Drink with Seared scallops, fancy Grilled cheese & tomato soup, grilled vegetables and stone fruits, and, of course, friends. Foundry vineyards celebrates the art of the celebrated Walla Walla Foundry, which casts bronze pieces for world-renown artists ranging from Tom Otterness to Roy Lichtenstein, with the art of fine winemaking. Consulting winemaker Ali Mayfield left her job as a UPS truck driver to pursue her passion for winemaking and honed her craft at Long Shadows Vintners and Corliss Estates before joining Foundry Vineyards in 2010. If the scores from her inaugural vintage are any indication, she’s a winemaker you’ll want to add to your “watch” list.




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