Columbia Valley, Washington
Two of Washington’s oldest Chardonnay vineyards provide the grapes for this limited production wine. Wente clone Chardonnay from French Creek Vineyard, east of Prosser – including a selection of old vine Chard (40%) – and Boushey Vineyard, north of Grandview, were chosen for the vibrant, lively character that defines Chardonnay grown on both these sites.
Handpicked grapes harvested at perfect ripeness were crushed, then fermented and aged in three distinct vessels: new French oak barrels (37%), concrete tank (33%) and neutral oak (30%). A portion of the wine (40%) underwent malolactic fermentation to add a creamy texture. All the wine was then kept on the lees 17 months to increase viscosity and further develop texture on the mid-palate before blending each of these distinct components together to achieve a complex, layered wine.
90 points – Antonio Galloni’s Vinous Media
90 points – Jeb Dunnuck
90 points - Wine Enthusiast