Columbia Valley Chardonnay
Our 2016 growing season began quickly with warm, dry temperatures in April and May and rising as high as triple digits in June. Bud break and veraison arrived much earlier than previous vintages in most regions within the Columbia Valley. Cooler weather finally arrived midsummer and continued into the later months, allowing the grapes to slowly ripen and preserve their flavors. The hot climate early on ultimately contributed to higher yields with larger berries. The resulting wines are elegant with bright acidity and powerful fruit characteristics.
The 2016 Columbia Chardonnay has vibrant aromas and flavors of juicy pears, apples and subtle notes of tropical fruits. Hints of sweet vanilla and oak are complemented by bright acidity for an elegant Chardonnay that is distinctly Northwest. The perfect accompaniment for a variety of foods, try this wine with Dungeness crab or mussels.