Kestrel 2005 Old Vine Estate Chardonnay (Yakima Valley)

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

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