This 2012 Washington State Chardonnay was produced from Woodward Canyon Estate chardonnay (Clone 108) in the northwest corner of the Walla Walla Valley and chardonnay (Wente Clone) grown at Celilo Vineyard in the Columbia River Gorge. The grapes were harvested by hand, sorted and whole cluster pressed. The yield averaged 3.3 tons per acre, with all grapes harvested by middle of October. This Washington State Chardonnay reflects the warmer and slightly larger vintage from which it came. The Walla Walla Valley influence is noticeable given the percentage of fruit from the Estate Vineyard while the Celilo Vineyard continues to bring elegance and balance to the wine. Production Notes and General Characteristics:
This wine was fermented in 100% French burgundy barrels; roughly 20% new. Beautifully mature flavors of ripe pear, apple, and peach marry perfectly with wonderful acidity. Whole cluster pressing has given delineated fruit which integrates beautifully with aromatic notes of caramel, vanilla, spice and hazelnut. Finally, the oak is more understated by our choice and is in wonderful proportion with the fruit and acidity. The texture is smooth and rich while the finish is complex, generous, and long. This wine may be consumed now, but it will benefit substantially with a year in bottle and should continue to improve for several years, with proper cellaring.For information on older vintages of Washington State Chardonnay, please email email@example.com.