Cloudlift Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $20

By on May 28, 2016

cloudlift-chardonnay-2014-labelSeattle woodworker Tom Stangeland barrel fermentes this with 100 percent new French oak for almost four months before sending the Bacchus Vineyard fruit into tank. Toasty oak leads the aromatics, picking up butter, brioche, ripe pear and dried apple  through the passage. Those oaky tones are not nearly as apparent on the palate, which brings flavors of sweet Bartlett pear and fresh Golden Delicious apple. Bright acidity and a finish of ripe nectarine makes this quite enjoyable and complex. In spring and summer, he’ll pair it with clams sauteed with spicy sausage. When fall comes, Stangeland turns to rosemary-influenced pork tenderloin with roasted potatoes.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 100 cases

Alcohol: 13.3%

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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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