Cloudlift Cellars 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $20

By on February 11, 2014

cloudlift-cellars-chardonnay-2012-labelSeattle furniture craftsman Tom Stangeland singles out Bacchus Vineyard along the Columbia River upstream from Pasco, Wash., for his screwcapped Chardonnay, which does spend some time in French oak. That gives it balanced aromas of butterscotch, pear, Gala apple and a hint of salinity. There’s more intensity of fruit on the palate, where it strikes a pleasing balance of pear, apple and toast with a late burst of sweet lemon and peach for a lengthy finish. It toes the line of just enough wood influence that an oak lover would appreciate, but there’s not too much to keep it from pairings with a Caesar salad, Fettucine Alfredo or seafood.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 92 cases

Alcohol: 13.6%

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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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