Duck Pond Cellars 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $12

By on December 25, 2013

duck-pond-cellars-chardonnay-2012-bottleThe Fries family recently celebrated their 20th anniversary in the Oregon wine industry, but this consumer-minded Chardonnay from their Wahluke Slope estate vineyards brings some of the best of world with its use of 29% barrel fermentation and full malolactic fermentation. That creates a complex nose of a caramel apple, pineapple preserves on toast and backed by jasmine and fresh-cut celery. Think of apple, pear and butterscotch flavors with clean acidity and a bit of apple-peel bitterness in the finish.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 5,000 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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