2013 Brick House "Cascadia" Ribbon Ridge Chardonnay (Previously $36)

SKU #1289318 92 points James Suckling

 Pretty sliced-apple and lemon-peel character to this with a medium body, fresh acidity and a long and flavorful finish. Complex and flavorful. From biodynamic grapes. Drink now.  (11/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chardonnay Cascadia comes from a Pommard clone block and sees 30% new oak. It has a muted bouquet at first, but it opens with aeration to offer scents of white flower and beeswax. The palate is clean and fresh on the entry with lemon rind, a touch of pineapple and guava, the acidity very well judged and the oak beautifully integrated. There is a wonderful crescendo to this Chardonnay, a quite delicious and complex offering from winemaker Doug Tunnell. (NM)  (4/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Light bright yellow. Tangerine, melon, smoky lees and a zesty mineral flourish on the nose. Sappy and seamless in texture, offering juicy, deeply concentrated orchard fruit and citrus zest flavors that become more animated with aeration. Picks up a subtle hint of toasted bread on the penetrating finish, which lingers with outstanding clarity and persistence. (JR)  (8/2016)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Here is a reserve-level wine that is a showcase for elegance rather than sheer power. Refined flavors of peach, pear and melon carry notes of cilantro and a finishing lick of Butter Brickle. Give this a little extra breathing time, or cellar till 2018.  (10/2016)

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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, Mâcon, 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.
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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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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
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