Dusted Valley Vintners 2015 Olsen Vineyard Chardonnay, Yakima Valley, $34

By on January 25, 2017

One of the Walla Walla Valley’s most enterprising and successful wine companies continues to explore higher-elevation sites in the Yakima Valley for its Chardonnay, and the Olsen family’s vineyard reaches up toward the Rattlesnake Hills at 1,350 feet. The multi-faceted fermentation by the Wisconsin boys includes 20% new French oak barrels, 15 percent in stainless steel and 5 percent in concrete egg, then aged on the lees and stirred during the course of 10 months. As result, the nose is filled with lemon curd, apple pie and hazelnut. On the palate, it comes across as fruit forward, food friendly and juicy with a mix of creamy pear butter, marzipan and lemony flavors, many of the good things that Chardonnay in Washington should aspire to offer. This wine already has earned a gold medal at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, and that probably won’t be the only hardware it merits this year. Serve it up with Clam and Leek Linguini, a recipe courtesy of Janis Frey of Savor Seasonings.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 800 cases

Alcohol: 13.6%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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