Best ValueNov 15, 2014
Best BuyNov 01, 2014
The Grand Estates Chardonnay opens with rich fruit aromas of apples, melons and pears, joined by signature notes of caramelized sugar and butterscotch. Lush orchard fruit flavors are enhanced by buttery characters and lively acidity, creating a vibrant, complex wine.
Total Acidity 0.55 g/100 mL
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Fermentaion: 14-20 days with N96, CY3079, Chanson, Premier Cuvee and Prise de Mousse yeasts
Spring temperatures in Eastern Washington started off relatively cool but rose quickly, and the region soon settled in to a more typical weather pattern.
Summer was predictably warm though without any prolonged excessive heat events, with temperatures rarely breaking 100° Fahrenheit.
Late summer and early fall brought on slightly cooler daytime highs and a significant diurnal shift, a pattern that continued well into October.
A few sporadic rain showers in mid-to-late October were quickly dissipated by persistent winds and had no effect on the harvest.
Overall the 2012 harvest was outstanding; the white wines are flavorful with beautiful natural acidity.
The Embodiment of Extraordinary Winemaking
Every aspect of the winemaking process is carefully controlled during the production of Grand Estates. These uncompromising winemaking practices – while time-consuming and costly – are the only way to guarantee that every bottle of Grand Estates represents the varietal expression of the region. It’s this devotion to quality that has cemented Grand Estates as one of the world’s best wine values.