Citation 2011 Chardonnay, Oregon, $32

By on March 13, 2014

citation-chardonnay-bottleThe reserve label for Firesteed, winemaker Bryan Croft doesn’t make these wines every vintage at his Rickreall, Ore., facility, having skipped 2010. He relied on Chardonnay primarily from the Walla Walla Valley, which he had picked on Oct. 17. Whole-cluster pressing and 12 months of barrel fermenting in French oak accounts for an experience that begins with aromas of dusty apple, pear and bright lemon. The toasted oak and butterscotch grow in stature on the palate, which offers a pleasing round mouth feel with pear butter and apple, backed by lemon curd and lemon pith. Enjoy with crab cakes or Chicken Alfredo.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 500 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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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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