Saturday, June 29, 2013

Review: *** $$ Ridge Crest Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2011

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Ridge Crest Chardonnay.

By way of background, opening thoughts: Ridge Crest is a line of value-priced second labels from Claar Cellars, a premium winemaker in Columbia Valley, Washington State.  We'll be sampling four separate varietals from this line.

Original tasting and review : This is Ridge Crest Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2011, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Clear, very light hints of yellow.

On the nose: Poured at cool temperature and swirled vigorously, shows funky bright, tangy, green fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be perky and full of acids, with little depth.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are clean, simple, slate-clean fruit, taut and well-controlled in all aspects.  Almost seems viognier-like in its ascetic character.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Ridge Crest Chardonnay.

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