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This stunning 2014 Washington State Chardonnay was produced from Celilo Vineyard chardonnay (Wente clone) grown in the Columbia River Gorge and Woodward Canyon Estate chardonnay (Clone 108) in the northwestern corner of the Walla Walla Valley. The grapes were harvested by hand, sorted, and whole cluster pressed. The yield averaged around 3 tons per acre, with all grapes harvested by the end of September. This 2014 Washington State Chardonnay reflects the vintage well. The Walla Walla Valley influence is apparent due to the slightly richer character of nearly 40 year old estate grown fruit; the Celilo influence brings elegance, balance and length.
This wine was fermented in 100% French burgundy barrels; roughly 20% new. Beautifully vibrant flavors of ripe pear, caramelled apple, and peach marry perfectly with wonderful acidity. Whole cluster pressing gives delineated fruit which integrates beautifully with notes of vanilla, mineral and toasted hazelnut. Finally, the oak is understated by our choice and is in wonderful proportion with the alcohol, fruit and acidity. Fully mature fruit shows in the mouth; the texture is smooth and silky. The finish is complex, generous, and long. And while this wine may be consumed now, it will benefit substantially with a year in bottle and should continue to improve for another several years with proper cellaring.