Chardonnay from Washington, USA
Made in a crisp, lean stylevery Chablis-like in characteran underlying mineral rich nose suggesting shell or chalk is veiled by more floral aromatics reminiscent of appleshoney crisp apples and apple blossoms.
Recommend food pairing: Chicken dishes, white fish, seafood platters, chowders, blue cheese dip, caprese salad (contact Bottlelegger for great recipe recommendations)
Recommended serving temperature: 50F
Previously a manager for rock bands in Europe, Charles Smith is a self-taught man and wine passionate. A talented taster with great intuition, he took the plunge and now produces his own wines in the state of Washington, cheered on by Christophe Baron of Cayuse Vineyards. His perfectly-mastered Chardonnay presents a fruity, floral and mineral style that will make for beautiful pairings.
Eve comes from the Upland Vineyard (farmed by the Milbrandt family in the Columbia Valley. It offers steep south facing slopes and lacustrine silt soil. Also, the Jones Vineyard (farmed by the Milbrandt family in the foothills of the Saddle Mountains with deep sit loam with cobbles. Both vineyards allow the vines to struggle which helps the grape mature. Fermented in stainless steel, aged in French oak of which only 15% new and remaining on oak for 10 months before being bottled in August.
Believe this, Washington ranks second in the US behind California in the production of wine! By 2011 the state boasted over 43,000 acres of vineyards and exporting to over 40 countries around the world from 850+ wineries. (WOW WASHINGTON). The western half of the state tends to be more wet so the majority of production takes place in the shrub-steppe eastern half of the state. The Cascade Range causes a rain shadow affect leaving the Columbia River Basin with around minimum annual rain fall, making irrigation a common and important technique in this area. This region also has long sunlight hours and consistent temperatures allowing the grapes to have an ideal environment.
The history began with Italian immigrants introducing the Cinsault grapes to the Walla Walla region (Cinsault origin is French). In 1950s and 1960s two major and biggest wineries in the state emerged Chateau St. Michelle and Columbia Winery. Since then Washington continues to evolve and grow following major wine trends - Reisling and Chardonnays in 1970s, Merlot in 1980s, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah in 1990s. Washington now has 14 American Viticultural Areas. The largest AVA the Columbia Valley. To find out more about Columbia Valley and/or Washington, contact the Bottlelegger.