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Mountain Dome Chardonnay Washington Pleasant Prairie Ryan Patrick Vineyard 2002

Region: USA » Washington

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Mountain Dome Winery:
Our first crush was in September of 1984 in which we pressed one ton of grapes that were hand harvested in the Columbia River Basin. Following the classic proportions of 1/3 Chardonnay and 2/3 Pinot Noir, we pressed the grapes in our kitchen and fermented them in a small stainless tank. The harvest in 1985 and 1986 also were one ton. We experimented with different yeasts and vineyards. Our c... Read more
Our first crush was in September of 1984 in which we pressed one ton of grapes that were hand harvested in the Columbia River Basin. Following the classic proportions of 1/3 Chardonnay and 2/3 Pinot Noir, we pressed the grapes in our kitchen and fermented them in a small stainless tank. The harvest in 1985 and 1986 also were one ton. We experimented with different yeasts and vineyards. Our current production is 6,000 cases per year. From 1987 to 1990 we used David Ramey, then from Matanzas Creek Winery, as our consultant. Currently our consultant is Raphael Brisbois, who has been the wine maker for the sparkling wines at Iron Horse and most recently at Piper Sonoma. The 9,500 square foot winery and 4,000 square foot geodesic dome were built entirely by our family. The winery is temperature controlled all year around and serves as the "chai" for the barrels and the "caves" for the bottle aging. A 150,000 square foot underground bottle storage cave is planned for 2003. We have state of the art equipment and use both hand riddling and the Northwest's first Gyro-matic riddler from France. This computer controlled riddling machine uses the same program as our hand riddling but works 24 hours a day . Tours and tasting by appointment Read less


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