Bright yellow-gold in color, this sends out penetrating aromas of pineapple, banana and tropical fruit. From a 35-year-old vineyard, this is a rare example of full-flavored, fully mature Wente clone Chardonnay from the early days of Washington viticulture. Though the winery struggled with this wine in earlier vintages, it is now dialing in what these old grapes have to offer. Broad, fleshy flavors are mitigated with firm acids, and nice grace notes fill out the finish.
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: email@example.com.