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Dunham Cellars Shirley Mays White 2000

Other White Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    The 2000 Shirley Mays exhibits a medium straw color, as well as showing crisp pear, kiwi, banana and nutmeg in the nose. This full-bodied white wine displays apple, mango and hints of peach rolling on a viscous, yet crisp mouth.

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    Dunham Cellars

    Dunham Cellars

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    Dunham Cellars, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    A family-owned winery located in Walla Walla, Washington. We established our winery in 1995 and have been producing ultra-premium, handcrafted wines since that time.

    Dunham Cellars strives to source the finest grapes from renowned vineyards in the state of Washington. We partner with our growers to ensure the fruit is of the highest quality. It is our commitment and the combination of climate, soil and geography that allows us to create ultra-premium wines for our customers.

    Columbia Valley

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    A large and geographically diverse AVA responsible for a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington State’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA extends into northern Oregon as well. Because of its vast size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which is further split into three more even smaller AVAs. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences cold winters and long, dry growing seasons. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

    Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling, the styles of which depend on the warmth of the site. Citrus and green apple are common to both in cooler sites, while warmer vineyards will produce riper, fleshier stone fruit flavors.

    Other White Blends

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    With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

    EBW4006_1_2000 Item# 46787