Canoe Ridge Chardonnay 2004

Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington

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Item No. 84917
  • white wine
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1998
  • WS88
  • 1996
  • WS86

Winemaker's Notes

The 2003 season started off a little on the cooler side but that quickly changed in early June as it went on to become the warmest year since 1998. This resulted in an earlier harvest than usual and fairly compressed– with everything ripening quite close together. It also made for a situation where physiological maturity, sugar maturity and flavor maturity coincided more so than in recent vintages.

Our estate vineyard sits above the Columbia River at its widest point, and therefore the climate is moderated by this large mass of water. Its location on the northeast side of the ridge protects the vineyard from the wind that sweeps up the Columbia River gorge. The vines are own rooted and planted in fine sandy loam soils with volcanic basalt subsoils, which slow vine growth and produce grape clusters and berries that are small and very concentrated in flavor and color. The fruit displays great structure and balance.

Our 2003 Chardonnay was made in a manner to emphasize the fruit character in balance with the oak. A portion of the blend was barrel fermented, while the other portion was stainless fermented. This resulted in a wine with wonderful apple, pear and citrus notes, accented by some caramel and toasted coconut aromas from the barrels. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, and there are hints of tropical fruit on the finish.

The crispness of this wine makes it a wonderful accompaniment to just about any chicken dish. This Chardonnay is also a natural with seafood dishes such as grilled shrimp, seafood paella and, of course, wild salmon. A Canoe Crew favorite is halibut filet encrusted with pistachios and parmesan cheese.

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Canoe Ridge Vineyard's estate vineyard, uniquely sited at a broad section of the Columbia River in eastern Washington, produces grapes of uncommon quality. The vast river moderates temperatures, prolonging the grapes' time on the vines during summer days, which are longer at this northern latitude, while protecting the vines from hard freezes in the winter. Sheltering ridges limit...

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Learn About Columbia Valley

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...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, 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...

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