2006 Columbia Valley Reserve Chardonnay

2006 Columbia Valley Reserve Chardonnay

Background

Washington Chardonnays are best characterized by more restrained tropical fruit flavors balanced with ample green apple acidity; these characteristics make our Chardonnays great with food.

Harvest & Winemaking

For the Columbia Valley Reserve Chardonnay, we prefer hand-picked fruit which is then whole-cluster pressed to provide a delicate juice. We transferred the juice to barrel for fermentation, stirring the lees once a week to develop and maintain a creamy texture.

The wines were put through partial malolactic fermentation to add body and roundness, then aged for approximately 6 months in a combination of 75% French oak and 25% American oak.

Wine Description

Our Columbia Valley Reserve Chardonnay is rich and round, yet balanced with enough crisp acidity to showcase the fruit. We consider oak to be a complement to the flavors of the grape, and do not let it dominate the fruit.

Mouth-filling flavors of butterscotch, glazed doughnut, baked pear, and pineapple upside-down cake meld with undertones of vanilla and light toast. This wine’s soft, creamy palate leads to a crisp lingering finish. Enjoy now or cellar for up to two years. 

Food Pairing Suggestions

You will want to savor it alone or enjoy it with chicken, pasta with cream sauces, richer seafood or other light but slightly oily fare.

$15.00 Per Bottle

2006 Columbia Valley Reserve Series Chardonnay Technical Data
Winemaker: Kerry Norton
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14%
T.A.: 0.57 g/L
pH:  3.49
Residual Sugar:  
Vineyard Source:  
Harvest Date: September 2006
Bottling Date: September 2007
Release Date: October 2008
Cases Produced: 5,157

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