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2016 Chardonnay

Horse Heaven Hills

Columbia Crest 2016 Reserve Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills
Columbia Crest 2016 Reserve Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills

This Chardonnay has intense aromas of crème brûlée, toasted nuts, and baked apple. Fruit flavors like apple, pear, caramel and a hint of vanilla jump out on the palate. The French oak gives the wine a great mouthfeel to go along with the huge fruit flavors.

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Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Total Acidity 0.50 g/100ml
pH: 3.61
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Barrel Aging: Aged on lees for 17 months in 100% new French oak barrels

The 2016 vintage experienced the best of both worlds with a hot spring and early summer. A cooler than normal end of the ripening season allowed the wines to have ripeness, yet maintain freshness and elegance.

The early dry and warm spring, combined with cooler temperatures in August and September, slowed down ripening and resulted in the longest harvest on record in Washington State (August 15-November 15).

Overall, 2016 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing wines with nicely resolved tannins and maturity.

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