Wine: 2010 Chardonnay “Desolation”
Let’s hear what Harvey Stieman from WINE SPECTATOR thinks: “Supple, focused and refined. A juicy beam of pear and Braeburn apple, with a hint of mint, cuts through to the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2015. 221 cases made. –HS”
Combination of ½ stainless steel and ½ neutral French barrels. It was then aged in 2-5 year old French Oak, with minimal lees stirring, thus attempting to capture the pure Chardonnay flavor instead of the oak. With that said, to keep with the logic, it was then not allowed to go through MLF or Malolatic Fermentation.
Simply stated: I love this chardonnay because it actually tastes like chardonnay; instead of buttered popcorn or a steaming pile of wood chips you get crisp Pink Lady apples & lemon zest with beautiful acidity that pleasantly extents the finish long after your sip is completed. mmm….good!
Appellation: Yakima Valley
Cases Produced: 221