Luke Chardonnay 2021
Luke Chardonnay is 100% Evergreen Vineyard, hailed as one of Washington’s signature white wine vineyards. Burgundian in style, this Chardonnay is barrel fermented and barrel aged. The result is a wine layered with notes of creme bruleé, vanilla, mango, banana peel, and baked pie crust. A thin layer of minerality and acidity lengthen the finish providing\ a lasting impression of what the Columbia Valley has to offer.
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The 2021 Chardonnay is more savory than sweet in the best possible way, as flinty crushed rocks give way to dried peaches and apricots. It soothes with its silken textures and ripe orchard fruits, coming across as seamless as mineral-tinged with juicy acidity adding further contrast toward the close. This tapers off remarkably fresh, buzzing with residual tension and energy as a note of floral-laced peach lingers on. This is a total pleasure to taste.
Centered in the heart of the Columbia Valley and roughly 50 miles north of Red Mountain and the Yakima Valley sits the Wahluke Slope AVA, a yet to be discovered but dynamic winegrowing region that is producing some of the most exciting wines the state of Washington has to offer.
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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 is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.