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2012 Chardonnay

Horse Heaven Hills

Columbia Crest Reserve Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills
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90 points

May 01, 2015


Columbia Crest Reserve Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills

This rich, complex Chardonnay offers aromas of ripe orchard fruits and caramelized sugar with hints of butter, vanilla and spice. Bold flavors of apple and pear are joined by a charming note of toasted coconut and creaminess on the palate, which lead to a crisp, yet lengthy finish.

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Blend: More than 99% Chardonnay
Total Acidity 0.58 g/100 mL
pH: 3.39
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Barrel Aging: Fermented and aged in 100% new French oak for 17 months. Less stirring occurred weekly for 16 months.
Fermentaion: 20 days with Burgoblanc, Premier Cuvee & Chanson 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 whites are flavorful with beautiful natural acidity.

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