Sinclair Estate Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $33

By on May 21, 2017

Much of the focus for Amy Alvarez-Wampfler during her time at Columbia Crest was spent doting on the Chardonnay program – 10,000 barrels – which helps explains the success that Sinclair Estate Vineyards in Walla Walla has enjoyed with the white Burgundy. Alvarez-Wampfler developed this in her penultimate crush for the Sinclairs prior to joining her husband at Abeja. Traditionally, the fruit has been Lewis Vineyard in the Yakima Valley with new French oak dominating the barrel program. Beautiful aromas of butterscotch and almond lead to a creamy palate of ripe orchard fruit with Golden Delicious apple and pear butter that’s framed and balanced by lingering lemony acidity. And the juice from these 22 barrels earned a gold medal at the 2017 Cascadia International Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 500 cases

Alcohol: 13.7%

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