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2018 CHARDONNAY

$48.00 / 750mL  |  CLUB PRICE $40.80

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PROFILE

Our old-vine Chardonnay hails from the “Old Wente” block known for its chalky, stony soil that produces full-bodied wines of great complexity and balance. With a nod to French tradition, our ANVIL Chardonnay is aged for 17-months in 50% new French oak and 50% 1-year Burgundian oak. 

TASTING NOTE

A delicate straw yellow in the glass, this Chardonnay is true to our classic “French Creek” style profile with enticingly fresh aromas of starfruit, lilac, marmalade, and hints of white pepper. In the mouth you are greeted by lively and racy citrus and pineapple that lingers into the expansive finish. Enjoy with herb-crusted cod with pea purée, or rustic pizza topped with Honeycrisp apple and balsamic onions.

ACCOLADES

95 points, The Tasting Panel Magazine    

91 points, Wine Enthusiast

90 points, Robert Parker

90 points, Jeb Dunnuck

WINE SPECS
 

Vintage: 2018

Appellation: Yakima Valley

Composition: 100% Chardonnay

Vineyards: French Creek, Old Wente Block

Aging: 10 months in 45% new French oak and 55% one-year-old French oak

pH: 3.94  |  TA: 6.30 g/L  |  Alcohol: 14.5%

FRENCH CREEK VINEYARD

 

Located 10 miles west of Red Mountain in the Yakima Valley AVA, this low elevation vineyard enjoys a south-facing orientation and consistent westerly winds that cool the vines in the evenings during peak ripening which results in fruit with natural freshness and acidity. With a soil composition that is primarily silt loam with spots of clay, caliche, basalt, and river rock interspersed, the vines receive excellent drainage from the light annual rainfall. Planted in 1981 and sustainably managed by Damon LaLonde, the deep-rooted vines of the “Old Wente” block are highly sought after and able to provide consistently deep and complex flavors year after year. The warm Eastern Washington summers make this one of our earliest ripening sites and harvesting at the peak of ripeness allows us to retain the crisp freshness and lively acidity developed during ripening that complements the power and richness imparted by the old vines.

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