A step up from the winery's other Seven Springs Chardonnay, in both price and quality, this comes from a section of the vineyard planted on a ridge of basalt under thin soils. Here the influence of new oak barrels is noticeable and welcome, bringing a rich, oily, nut and butter character to the peach and apricot fruit flavors. It's graced with spiderweb acidity that puts the perfect scaffolding around the fruit and barrel highlights.
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.