Columbia Crest 2013 Reserve Estate Unoaked Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills, $24

By on March 2, 2015

columbia-crest-reserve-estate-unoaked-chardonnay-nv-bottleMake no mistake — this Chardonnay didn’t spend any time in oak barrels, but the primary fermentation wasn’t in stainless steel either. While much of the Columbia Crest’s estate vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills near Paterson, Wash., are machine-harvested, Juan Muñoz Oca’s white team took special measures here. Not only did they have the Block 95 lot picked by hand on Sept. 23, but they also fermented it in a 422-gallon egg-shaped concrete tank for three weeks before aging on the lees for five months. The nose opens to a tropical theme with pineapple before giving off aromas of apricot, lemon curd, butterscotch and lanolin. Its entry is even more fruitful, leading with white peach and dried apricot flavors, followed by salivating lemon-lime acidity and Gala apple peel bite in the finish. Find this online or at the winery.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 125 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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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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