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Chardonnay - Celilo Vineyard

Chardonnay - Celilo Vineyard Wine Details

Description: Panther Creek's only Washington wine comes from arguably the finest Chardonnay vineyard in the Northwest. Celilo sits on the south face of Underwood Mountain overlooking the Columbia River. The fruit is distinctive, and Celilo's "terroir" comes through clearly in this crisp, yet richly textured Chardonnay. Layers of lemon zest, minerals, apples and beeswax swirl through the nose, and in the mouth, pears, peaches and lemons are made even more mouth-watering by the zippy acidity. Our Celilo Chardonnay was harvested September 29, 2003, and was barrel fermented and aged in 20% new French oak, with the balance in neutral French barrels. The 300 case production was bottled September 7, 2004, and will be released April 1, 2005.

Varietal Definition
Chardonnay is by far the most widely planted grape crop in California and dominates California’s cooler, coastal, quality wine regions. The natural varietal ‘taste and smell’ of Chardonnay is surprisingly unfamiliar to many wine drinkers, as its true character is often guised with dominating winemaking signatures. Chardonnay’s rather subdued primary fruit characteristics lean toward the crisp fruitiness of apples, pears and lemon, but the variety’s full body is capable of supporting a host of complementary characteristics, such as oak, butter and vanilla. Regardless of what is the appropriate style for Chardonnay, the varietal continues to dominate vineyard plantings in every corner of the world. Close attention to clonal selection has made this broad geographic and climactic range of Chardonnay viable in thoughtful viticultural hands.


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