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Hyatt Chardonnay 2002

Chardonnay from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Winemaker Notes

    Barrel fermented, full malolactic, aged "surlie" for 10 months in French burgundy and American oak barrels. Juicy, buttery, tropical fruits aromas and flavors great the palate. Enjoy now or cellar 2-5 years.

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    Hyatt Vineyards

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    Hyatt Vineyards, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    Hyatt Vineyards is a family owned enterprise created by Leland and Lynda Hyatt of Zillah, Washington. The winery site is located three miles north of Zillah, in the Yakima Valley Appellation. The vines were planted in 1983 with first releases in 1987. Currently, the vineyards have grown to three sites, consisting of 120 acres. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Riesling are the varieties grown in our estate vineyards. Case production is 30,000 year with a emphasis on superior red wines. Rare ice wine is crafted when conditions allow.

    Yakima Valley

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    Often considered to be the heart of Washington wine country, the Yakima Valley is a sub-AVA of the vast Columbia Valley. The first AVA established in Washington, it is home to some of the state’s most established wineries, and contains three smaller sub-regions: Rattlesnake Hills, Red Mountain, and Snipes Mountain. The climate here is cooler than the rest of the Columbia Valley, making the Yakima Valley ideal for growing white varieties.

    Chardonnay is the most planted grape here, followed closely by Riesling—both made in a wide range of styles depending on the warmth of the vineyard site. Because of the cooler climate, Merlot outnumbers darker-fruited, more tannic Cabernet Sauvignon here—an anomaly for Washington viticulture—and takes on characteristics of sweet red fruit with a supple texture, and sometimes notes of chocolate and mint. Yakima Valley Syrah is earthy and savory, complemented by a wide range of berry flavors from red to black.

    Chardonnay

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    One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

    In the Glass

    When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

    Perfect Pairings

    Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

    Sommelier Secret

    Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

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