Though not quite up to the exuberant, ultra-ripe flavors of the 2005 Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay, the sleeker, more acidic 2006 is a fine effort. Firm and textural, with excellent concentration, its fruit flavors are lean and appley, with a hint of green banana. Balanced and tight, this is one Chardonnay that should probably be cellared for a few more years.
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.