Columbia Crest H3 Chardonnay 2007
Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
Aromatics of slight mineral, apple, pear and caramelized sugar open this elegant, medium-bodied Chardonnay. The balanced palate of pineapple and coconut leads to a seductive, creamy vanilla finish.
The mild winter allowed the vines to remain in good shape throughout the cold months. In May, one to two weeks before bloom, temperatures spiked to 100 degrees for about a week. The heat spike led to a smaller canopy which allowed for more light penetration, and contributed to good flavor development in the fruit. The hot temperatures also contributed to smaller berries with concentrated flavors. During fruit set the weather conditions were favorable and the summer saw mild to average temperatures. Veraison started 10 days ahead of average. At the beginning of harvest, temperatures were moderate, and September weather was ideal for harvest.
Wine Spectator - "Vibrant and generous, with a spicy edge to the soft, ripe pear, cream and lime aromas and flavors, lingering on the expressive finish."
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.
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2 ratings, 2 with reviews13/6/2009Wife and I each took 1/2 a glass down before giving up... one of the worst wines I've ever tried (and I've tried a lot!) Coconut-Pineapple finish is like eating metal.38/12/2009We normally drink higher rated, more expensive chardonnay, but were surprised to find such excellent complexity of nose and flavor at this price point. Ordered several more bottles.