Reininger Winery 2012 Reserve Chardonnay, Walla Walla Valley, $48

By on August 15, 2015

Reininger Winery-2012-Reserve ChardonnayBirch Creek Vineyard, a site in the southern Walla Walla Valley, gives Chuck Reininger the opportunity to work with nearly 20-year-old Chardonnay vines. He pays tribute to them with this project that begins with stainless steel fermentation before transitioning to 10 months of aging and lees stirring inside a pair of 500-liter French puncheons. That allows him to still present this as a fruit-forward Chardonnay with pleasing midpalate creaminess, and the experience opens with aromas of cotton candy, Bartlett pear, Pink Lady apple and a late hit of vanilla. Asian pear, lemon and pineapple lead the flavors that bring crisp acidity and a food-friendly finish of lemon pith and apple peel.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 47 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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