Clean and stylish, this sleek Chardonnay includes a few new barrels and some new stave wood. It's about 60% stainless-steel and 40% barrel fermented. This is a very nice compromise between barrel fermented, oaky flavors and the too-neutral character of all-stainless Chardonnay. There's a lemony lift to the aromas, and delicate hints of toast dappled throughout, but it's really the crisp apple and pear fruit that shines through.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.