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Canoe Ridge Chardonnay 1999

Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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Winemaker Notes

The 1999 Chardonnay stands up and dares the wine consumer not to notice it. The rich mango aroma and viscous finish tease the palate like no other Canoe Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay ever has. The usual flavors are all accounted for, honeysuckle, white peach, orange blossoms, freshly sliced pineapple and mineral. The tropical yum factor is an added plus to this vintage. As the vines are maturing, we are learning how to best accentuate the positive flavors of our Chardonnay. Barrel fermentation in mostly French oak, and 85 percent malolactic fermentation bring spice and richness to an abundance of fruit.

I recommend trying this wine with the summer bounty of fresh fish. Have a fish fry of orange roughy, sea bass, halibut, sturgeon, cod, or even shark. I caught a Dog Fish shark when I was a youngster and I'm pretty sure Chardonnay would have helped make it taste better. Try it with homemade pasta with a cream sauce. It also goes well with a mixture of country cheeses and fruit. I am sure Jake and Elwood would agree this wine screams for "Gimme Some Lovin" from The Best of the Blues Brothers. REM's Green CD would also go well. "Stand" and "Orange Crush" are great summertime toe tappers. -John Abbott ,Winemaker

Wine Alcohol: 13.4%

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RP 91
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Canoe Ridge

Canoe Ridge

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Canoe Ridge, Columbia Valley, Washington
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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 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.

NDF615854_1999 Item# 15361