Aromatics of slight mineral, apple, pear, smoke and Horse Heaven Hills dust open this
elegant yet racy, medium-bodied Chardonnay. A balanced palate of fruit and French oak
leads to a seductive, creamy vanilla finish.
"Ripe and generous, not heavy, but heady with spice-accented pear, honey and floral aromas and flavors, echoing nicely. Drink now."
"The 2008 Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills is a bit more serious. Forty percent was barrel-fermented in new oak, 30% in seasoned barrels with the balance in stainless steel. Like the Grand Estates, it was aged for 6-9 months sur lie with weekly batonnage. It gives up aromas of buttered popcorn, pear, spiced apple, and mineral leading to a smooth-textured, ripe Chardonnay with very good volume and concentration. This well-balanced, lengthy effort should drink well for 2-3 years.
The Wine Advocate
I love this chardonnay, but I was a little bit dissappointed by the 08 vintage, it didnt have the balance of the 07...but it was still quite good.