Reserve

2011 Chardonnay

Horse Heaven Hills

Columbia Crest Reserve Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills
Wine Enthusiast

91 points

Editors' Choice

Dec 31, 2013

 

Columbia Crest Reserve Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills

This rich wine delivers aromas of butter and vanilla with hints of cinnamon and apple pie on the palate, and a crisp long finish.

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Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Total Acidity 0.52 g/100 ml
pH: 3.71
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Barrel Aging: Fermented and aged in 100% new French oak for 15 months.

A combination of weather conditions lead to one of the more challenging vintages in Washington state's history.

A freeze in Nov. 2010 affected sites throughout the Columbia Valley, although many sites were virtually unaffected. Additionally the diversity of Columbia Crest's vineyard sources evens out any vintage to vintage differences.

Cool temperatures prevailed during the springtime which delayed bud break and bloom by three to four weeks, depending on the site. Consistently warm summertime temperatures lengthened the ripening period. Many sites began harvest three weeks later than a typical year.

The warm, dry October allowed the grapes to hang a bit longer creating depth without sugar accumulation.

Overall the Columbia crest whites are incredibly elegant with higher natural acidity and a refreshing palate with loads of mineral and citrus tones.

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Meticulously hand-crafted in our Petit Chai – a “winery-within-a-winery” – our Reserve wines represent the pinnacle of winemaking at Columbia Crest. Sourced from premier vineyard sites, less than one percent of the finest grape yields will qualify for our Reserve program, and these wines receive the same hands-on care and attention-to-detail associated with the world’s most exclusive boutique wineries.

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