The Monson family took the late Walter Clore’s advice and in 1998 began planting near Richland, Wash., what’s grown into one of Pacific Northwest’s largest vineyards at 2,200 acres. This Chardonnay exemplifies a winemaking tradition and style, undergoing a 10-month program dedicated to French oak, with 61% of it new. That explains its aromas of toast and butter, backed by pineapple, Asian pear and lemon custard. Ripe and luscious flavors of Bartlett pear and Golden Delicious apple push notes of butter and toast into the background, leading to a finish of lemon oil. The Monsons operate tasting rooms within the vineyard as well as in Woodinville. This wine earned a silver medal at the 2015 Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Awards.
Production: 300 cases