Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay 2012
Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
The Grand Estates Chardonnay opens with rich fruit aromas of apples, melons and pears, joined by signature notes of caramelized sugar and butterscotch. Lush orchard fruit flavors are enhanced by buttery characters and lively acidity, creating a vibrant, complex wine.
Wine Spectator - "Silky and seductive, with pear and spicy grapefruit flavors on a taut, polished frame, lingering with intensity and brightness on the glowing finish. Impressive for the price. Drink now. 160,000 cases made."
Columbia Crest Winery
Founded in 1983, Columbia Crest has grown from a small winery in a relatively unknown wine region to one of the most significant wineries in the U.S. and a major force behind Washington state's emergence as a world-class wine region. Over the years, the winery has remained committed to delivery handcrafted, small-lot wines, as well as affordable, superior quality everyday wines. In 2009, the winery reached a milestone when Wine Spectator named their 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon "Wine of the Year," the first time a wine from Washington state has received the ranking. This accolade was not only a historic moment for Columbia Crest, but for all wineries in Washington and reinforced the belief that the region is among the best wine-producing areas in the world. View all Columbia Crest Wines
About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
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 helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review2.52.7 out of 5 stars
3 ratings, 1 with reviewekc1961 - Carefree, AZ44/1/2015I don't always agree with Wine Spectator but I do this time and think this is a solid 90 pointer. I may be influenced somewhat by the purchase price I found at my local grocer which was four bucks less than list - but I was pleasantly surprised by this wine. It has a great bouquet, nice supple fruit, with mild tannins- and is easy to drink with good moderate mouth structure. It is certainly not ORDINARY. It drinks like a much more expensive wine. It drank well right out of the bottle without aeration. While I think it's a cut above an average every day wine - based upon the price you can make this your every day or a dinner party wine that no one would turn their nose up at. While it's on sale at my local Kroger store, I think I'll go back and buy a few cases. It's a sleeper and it will be interesting to see if it opens up further if allowed to aerate. Don't think so because it's great right after opening..Chicago Wine Enthusiast - Columbus, OH31/25/2015ppppp - Minneapolis, MN111/17/2014