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2010 Chardonnay

Horse Heaven Hills

Columbia Crest Reserve Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills
Columbia Crest Reserve Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills

Opens with aromas of ripe apples, peaches and pears with hints of butter, toasted coconut and subtle minerality. Apples and pears follow on the palate, complimented by a creaminess that lends weight and substance. Balanced fruit notes and juicy acidity give way to a seamless, persistent finish.

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Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Total Acidity 0.53 g/100 ml
pH: 3.51
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Barrel Aging: Fermented, then aged for more than 14 months in 100% new French oak

The 2010 vintage was cooler than the past vintages; bud break arrived on schedule in early April, but a cool, wet spring delayed flowering and reduced fruit set across many varieties.

An unusually cool summer produced dramatic differences in ripening between warmer and cooler sites, with veraison extending into September in some cooler areas.

However, naturally low yields, combined with over a month of consistently warm weather from late September through late October, produced phenolic ripeness and flavor development with extraordinary natural acidity.

Cool, wet weather returned in late October, an appropriate bookend to a challenging harvest.

Overall, 2010 produced balanced, elegant wines with lower alcohol and higher acidity.

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