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Chelan Estate Non-Vintage Chardonnay/Viognier. $20. Glass $7. The nearly 50/50 blend shows both grapes best qualities. The 51% Chardonnay has the structure and acidity for the base wine with apple and pear fruit flavors. The 49% Viognier brings out all the fruit aromas with flavors of Mango and white peach. The “fruit forward” descriptor fits in this case.
Process change does not come easily for small wineries but, the quest to improve the wines is always there. Two changes to the 2013 Pinot Noir. In 2012 we changed the yeast to a Burgundian strain for one of our Pinot Noir clones. The results wer very positive and all the 2013 was fermented on this clone. For the first time we had Billion, Voges, 500-liter puncheons. This is now the barrel of choice for our Pinot Noir. Bright ruby red color, bold back cherry, cranberry and spicy aromas. Round and smooth, cherry, red berry center, soft tannins and a long lingering finish, delicious. 100% Pinot Noir. 325 cases produced.
Bright ruby red color with cherry, strawberry and vanilla aromas. Red fruit backed by oak. Medium weight tight structure, acidity and smooth tannins with a long finish. This Merlot is a good example of Merlot from our South Shore vineyard. Drinkable now but has al the necessary parts for extended bottle age. 195 cases produced.
Another in a series of warm vintages, 2015 brought ideal ripeness and flavor development to the three Bordeaux varieties in the blend. Powerful yet balanced and supple this wine carries the tradition of the exceptional wines that carry the Chelan Estate Reserve label. 44% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petit Verdot, 1% Syrah to top the barrel. 209 cases produced.
Petit Verdot, historically, has been almost exclusively used for blending. Now this grape is gaining some limited traction as a wine unto itself. To make Petit Verdot more approachable, vineyard practices have evolved thanks to Ed Kelly, Vineyard Manager at Stillwater Creek. In the cellar, fermentation practices also are customized so yo can enjoy the wine at a relatively young age. Dark red color, aromas of cocoa, ripe blackberry, plum and spice follow directly across the center palate. Silky tannins and the firm acidity on the finish show the traditional attributes that characterize Petit Verdot. This wine, with proper aging, will develop and reward the patient for many years. 98% Petit Verdot, 2% Melot. 144 cases produced.