2012 Waterbrook Columbia Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1155978 90 points Wine Spectator

 Vibrant and expressive, balancing complex pear, quince and clotted cream flavors on a pinpoint of bright acidity, with a harmonious finish. Drink now through 2017.  (2/ 2014)

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By: Bryan Brick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/22/2014  | Send Email
Iím not going to lie. Iím instantly skeptical of anything that we can retail for under $10 from the US. Iím not saying that I donít want to champion inexpensive wines, god knows we all need them, but with the cost of land, goods, equipment, labor, etcÖit is just really difficult to make good wine at this price. Thatís why when we actually do find one we get really, really excited for it. The 2012 Waterbrook Columbia Valley Chardonnay is a perfect example of an exciting value wine. The first thing that struck me about this wine is that everything felt natural. No acidification, no oak chips, no Frankenstein wine here. What is here is a lovely, surprisingly rich Chardonnay with the exotic spice of Hungarian oak and the creamy texture of partial Malolactic Fermentation. Add in round, delicious baked apple and apricot fruit and a touch of tropicality from 2% Viognier and this is a Chard that you can pick up by the case and drink by the bottle whenever the need strikes!

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M‚con, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Washington

- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46į north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.