Cold Creek is one of the best vineyards in Washington, and does especially well with Chardonnay. This is a laid-back style, a bit coquettish even, that requires a little probing on the part of the consumer. But it rewards your efforts with layers of subtle flavors, beautifully balanced and aromatic. New French oak and sur lie aging help to define the contours and add creaminess, but it is the exceptional Cold Creek fruit that really shines.
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.