2011 Abeja Winery Chardonnay
*Editor's Choice* Another classic vintage of Abeja Chardonnay, this is a memorable style that’s built around yummy barrel flavors of toast and caramel, with notes of stone fruits. The three vineyard sources--Celilo, Conner Lee, and French Cree--form a perfect crescent across the state and capture the essence of three quite different AVAs. It has lovely texture and length, with impeccable balance throughout.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright yellow. Lovely lift to the aromas of peach, nectarine and sexy vanillin oak. Tactile and vibrant, with complex flavors of stone fruits, quince and spices nicely complemented by the wine's oak element. Generous and broad but with no excess weight. Finishes dry, subtle and long, with lingering spice character. An excellent showing.
Sleek, silky, creamy and refined, especially appealing for the nectarine and tangerine flavors that dance smoothly through the long and inviting finish. Drink now through 2016.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Coming largely from the renowned Celilo Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge, supplemented by fruit from Conner Lee and their Mill Creek estate, the Abeja 2011 Chardonnay leads with scents of honeysuckle, pear, and Persian melon, which translate into a luscious, buoyant performance possessed of considerable inner-mouth perfume. Hints of vanilla and coconut from oak toast segue rather nicely into the creaminess of a wine that is allowed to undergo malolactic transformation until it reaches the point where Abbott feels richness of texture and vivacious juiciness are in balance. The finish is soothing and retains a welcome modicum of refreshment. I suspect this wine will be best enjoyed over the next couple of years.