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A rich, complex and buttery wine of vivid varietal fruit aromas augmented by French oak background. The finish is rich, mouth-filling, and long on the palate. This Chardonnay works great as a stand alone or may be served with appetizers, rich sauced dishes, seafood, or poultry.
2004 Chardonnay shows a rich buttery wine with firm acidity and great hints of
the 65% barrel fermentation that went into making this wine. The finish is rich,
balanced and mouth filling. There is a hint of green apple in the mid-palate that
adds to the complexity of this wine. Due to the excellent ripening in the vineyards
our 2004 Chardonnay is slightly higher in alcohol than the 2003 vintage.
Vineyards and Growing Season:
The 2004 growing season was again a long and consistently hot. A warm spring
and hot summer followed by a long fall was ideal. Sugars were high but the acids
looked excellent throughout the Chardonnay fruit that I saw in the vineyards.
65% Barrel fermented using M2, and Pris de Mousse yeasts
Aged on the yeasts in a mix of Vosges, Nevers and older Alliers barrels.
Barnard Griffin Winery was established in 1983 by Winemaker Rob Griffin and his wife, Deborah Barnard. Rob saw the opportunity to make great wine in Washington and moved north in 1977. Pleased with his move to Washington, he says "The northern latitude of Washington and the ideally drained sandy soils of the Columbia Valley make it possible to produce deeply concentrated wines of pronounced character."
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...Read More About Columbia Valley
White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy,
France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...Read More About Chardonnay
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