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2012 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Unoaked Chardonnay

Columbia-Crest-Grand-Estates-Unoaked-Chardonnay

Spring temperatures in Eastern Washington started off relatively cool but rose quickly, and the region soon settled in to a more typical weather pattern. Summer was predictably warm, without any prolonged excessive heat events, with temperatures rarely breaking 100° Fahrenheit. Late summer and early fall brought on slightly cooler daytime highs and a significant diurnal shift, a pattern that continued well into October. A few sporadic rain showers in mid-to-late October were quickly dissipated by persistent winds and had no effect on the harvest.

Overall the 2012 harvest was outstanding; the white wines are flavorful with beautiful natural acidity.

From the winemaker – “The Grand Estates Unoaked Chardonnay is a light-bodied wine that reveals a pure expression of the varietal. The wine displays aromas of lemon seed, green mangoes and orange blossoms. On the palate, layers of citrus fruit flavors combine with lively acidity, creating a refreshing style of Chardonnay.”

Great with green salads, cheeses, fish with citrus.

Rating:

This wine was given a 87 point rating by Wine Spectator.

Availability:

2012 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $13.99 a bottle, $75.55 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $134.31 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#31883

2014 Tolosa No-Oak Chardonnay

Tolosa-No-Oak-ChardonnayFrom the Wine Maker – “This pale greenish gold wine opens with the aromas of honey, lemon, apple and peach. There is some underlying minerality that is close to flint. The mouth is fresh with floral aspects evident in the mid-palate. Additional nuance and silkiness develops as it sits in the glass.”

Great with fish or chicken cooked in light butter sauces since the wine is crisp enough to cut through the fat of the butter. It is a delightfully versatile wine that compliments a wide variety of foods.

Rating:

This wine was given a 90 point rating by Wine Enthusiast.

Availability:

2014 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $15.99 a bottle, $86.35 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $153.51 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#18853

Summers 2008 Le Nude Chardonnay & 2007 Adrianna’s Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon

Paired with Smoked Duck Ham, pineapple & puree of white beans.

Andre’ — “The two wines in this post come from Summers Estate Wines. The first is the 2008 Chardonnay, “La Nude” a reference to the fact that it is produced without any oak barrel aging. As much as I love a buttery oaky California Chard, many of them are overdone. The La Nude is rich and mouthfilling, well-balanced with bright acidity and a lingering tropical fruit finish.

The second wine 2007 Andriana’s Cuvee’ is a dynamite Cab and at this price I think a great value as well. Nice spice and berry fruits with soft green tannins this is a medium to full-bodied cab that has a lot to offer.

Now the challenge, come up with one dish that pairs well with both wines. I am serving it to a few hundred people at An Evening of Wine and Roses. My first thought as I tasted the chardonnay was to use duck breast as a starting point. The meat wouldn’t overpower the white but it still has enough flavor to stand up to the Cab. As I have said before when you are pairing food and wine the pairing is more about the garnishes than the center of the plate. I decided to turn the duck breast into a smoked duck ham. Add a touch of sweetness and play off the fruit flavors in the La Nude with a pineapple chip, and finish off the plate with a puree of white beans. The smokyness in the duck and earthiness of the beans mirroring some of the flavors in the Adriana’s cuvee’.”

From the winemaker:

“The 2008 Le Nude Chardonnay possesses a pale straw color with tropical fruit aromas, finishing with crisp pear flavors. The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Andriana’s Cuvee is a bright red fruit wine with smoky oak aroma that leads to a mouthful bursting with blackberry and spicy tones.”

Rating:

The Le Nude Chardonnay was given a 88 point rating & the Adrianna’s Cuvee Cabernet was given a 89 point rating  by Wine Advocate.

Availability:

2008 Le Nude Chardonnay in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $10.99 a bottle, $59.35 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $105.51 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#18717

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $23.99 a bottle, $129.55 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $230.31 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#15063

About the Chef:

Andre’ de Waal is the owner of Andre’s Restaurant &Wine Boutique in Newton NJ. For more information about Andre’ and his restaurant, visit www.andresrestaurant.com


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