2010 Brick House "Cascadia" Ribbon Ridge Chardonnay

SKU #1140664 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tunnell's 500 cases of 2010 Chardonnay Cascadia – based on a multiplicity of clones on contiguous plots, including a for him relatively recent, 2000 planting – boast effusively ripe pineapple, white peach, and grapefruit piquantly laced with lemon and grapefruit rind, peach kernel, toasted hazelnut, as well as alkaline, saline, marine breeze notes noticeable already in the nose. Buoyant, polished in texture and satisfyingly lees-enriched, yet infectiously juicy in its primary fruitiness all the way through a lip-licking and downright refreshing finish, this bottling should prove delightfully versatile for at least the next 4-5 years.  (8/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh and deftly balanced to show off its ripe pear, grapefruit and crème fraîche flavors, sliding in a tart edge to keep the finish in deft balance. Drink now through 2014. 500 cases made.  (9/2012)

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- 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.

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.


- 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.