Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $25

By on January 25, 2015

chateau-ste-michelle-cold-creek-vineyard-chardonnay-nv-bottleOne of Washington state’s oldest plantings is by no means a cool site, and it’s also gained a reputation for pleasurable, reserve-style Chardonnay. The Woodinville team aged this lot for nine months on the lees in 100% French oak, with half of those barrels being new, while sending it through 100% malolactic fermentation. That formula accounts for aromas of heavy toast, butter, Golden Delicious apple and Bosc pear. There’s less oak showing on the palate, allowing for long flavors of lemon, apple, butterscotch and toasted pine nuts, accented by minerality and brioche. Serve with seafood risotto, salmon, veal and fresh asparagus.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 5,000 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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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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