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Canoe Ridge Chardonnay 1997

Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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Winemaker Notes

We intend to barrel ferment a good deal of the wine, but the emphasis will be on the fruit flavors with a well integrated touch of oak. The wine expresses itself in aromas of fresh green apples, tropical pineapple, and a pleasant hint of allspice.

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Canoe Ridge

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Canoe Ridge, Columbia Valley, Washington
1997 Chardonnay
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 wind damage and hold warmth around the vines. The grapes from this vineyard are as unique as the area, with layers of concentrated fruit and lush, supple texture.

The winery uses traditional French cellar practices, such as small-lot fermentation, gentle handling and French oak barrels, to enhance the fruit. To allow the best expression of each lot, the winemaker tailors the yeast strains, barrel selection and fermentation practices to complement the many different dimensions of the fruit. The winery is known for its unique Merlot, which displays the traditional elegant, classic flavors of Bordeaux Merlot, yet has the suppleness of Pinot Noir.

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