About This Wine
A little-known area of Washington state is producing some world-class bottlings of Chardonnay.
It’s the Yakima Valley, which was the first winegrowing appellation established not only in Washington, but the entire Pacific Northwest. The American Viticultural Area became “official” in 1983. It lies east of the Cascade mountain range, which creates a rain shadow, and is planted to more than 11,000 acres of vineyards.
The sun-soaked AVA with its volcanic soil accommodates the growing of numerous grape varieties, with Chardonnay among them. The Matchmaker winemaker is a Chardonnay enthusiast, and takes great pride in crafting renditions that are at home among the finest bottlings of France and California.
The 2015 vintage is medium in body and perfectly balanced, showing off rich fruit flavors (apricot, red apple, yellow apple) that are kissed with notes of lees and toast. Rich and delicious, it’s a sterling example of Washington state Chardonnay.
Relatively easy to grow in a variety of locations. Consistently produces some of the world's great white wines. Complex, full, rich and fruity with soft edges and moderate acidity. Offers rich and intense fruit flavors of apple, fig, melon, pear, peach, pineapple, along with creamy yeast spice, honey, butter and hazelnut flavors.
- Grape Composition:100% Chardonnay
- Grape Source:Yakima Valley Growing Area of Washington’s Columbia Valley
- Aromas & Flavors:Apricot, Red and Yellow Apples, Toast and Apple Pie
- When to Drink:Now Through 2018
- Food Pairing Suggestionmustard-crusted pork loin medallions.
27 recipes match for this wine.
Old World Rosemary Chicken With Chardonnay This recipe comes from our friends at Belvedere Vineyards &amp; Winery in the Sonoma County town of Healdsburg. It matches wonderfully with Chardonnay, and we've enjoyed it with Chenin Blanc as well. Use it as the main entree for a special meal,any meal. Get The Recipe
Roasted Garlic Scampi With Minced Prosciutto If you're a white wine drinker, here's another recipe that gets its flavor, in part, from garlic: Roasted Garlic Scampi With Minced Prosciutto. Begin by roasting some garlic in foil with olive oil for about an hour, and set it aside. Dice a quarter-cup of Prosciutto and saute with four tablespoons of olive oil and some minced shallots for about 15... Get The Recipe
Portuguese Style Roasted Pork Rare is the recipe that matches equally well with red wines and white wines. This is such a recipe. We came across it while doing research on the wines that will be included in an upcoming club shipment from The World of Wines -featuring the wines of Portugal. The recipe makes 6 servings. And if you'd like to learn more about The World of Wine, click on the Get The Recipe