Wine of the Week - Gordon Estate 2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

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"A true Washington original."

Gordon Estate is located in the heart of the Columbia Valley in Washington State. They are the oldest estate winery in Washington state and use only estate-grown grapes in making their hand-crafted Washington wines. In 1985, Jeff Gordon released his first small lot of Chardonnay wine produced from their estate vines.


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View of the Snake River from Gordon Estate winery.

Gordon Estate, previously known as "Gordon Brothers," has been served at my table for over 25 years. I encourage you to discover the wines of Gordon Estate. A true Washington original. This is a well executed wine which satisfied my Chardonnay craving. Fresh, new world style with minimal oak. My speed. Grab an extra bottle if you have to share.

$14.99 Gordon Estate 2014 Chardonnay – Gordon Estate, Pasco, WA.
Strongly Recommended.

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Tasting Notes

Color: Gold.
Nose: Oh yeah. Terrific hit of Chardonnay, yeasty, nutty, with ginger, pear, fresh.
Palate: Good weight, expressive across the palate, focused to the middle, almost oily, hazelnut, pear, light vanilla cream, finish lingered at the front.

At 15 minutes: Aromatic toasty nose, pine nuts, pear, apricot, with vanilla on the fresh mineral breeze. Broad across the palate, savory quality with juicy pear and dried apricot, bread on the finish added a satisfying yeast component which tied it together. Well done.

At 30 minutes: Spicy nose with fresh chives, rising bread, pear and vanilla cream. Spicy vanilla, fresh melon, apricot, hazelnut, nutmeg, medium finish. Balanced, and satisfying wine.

After 4 hours: Nose was spot on. Very consistent. Extra nuttiness, vanilla more present, melon, pear, focused to middle, fresh, spiciness, apricot, herbal note, into the fluid medium finish. My speed.

Day two: Shiny. Just as aromatic as day one. Fluid, melon, hazelnut, pear, vanilla, focused to middle, touch of creaminess, a tingle of fresh apricot on the slightly bigger finish. Wonderful wine to Netflix and chill, food not required. Grilled shrimp, Halibut or trout would be good companions - popcorn would also be suitable for movie night. Perfect for a girls night out or sipping on the patio. Yes! My speed.

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Tyler Tennyson, Winemaker.
Thoughts: A well executed Chardonnay which satisfied my craving. Fresh, new world style with minimal oak. Definitely my speed. Suggest grabbing an extra bottle if you have to share. Well done.

Strongly Recommended + Wine of the Week.

Tyler Tennyson Winemaker.
BLEND: 100% Chardonnay
CLOSURE: Natural Cork
ABV: 13.7%
FERMENTATION: 60% Stainless, 40% Barrel (50% new French)
BOTTLED: February 2015
PRODUCTION: 2,300 cases
SRP: $14.99
Purchased locally
www.gordonwines.com

Gordon Estate Wine Bar
Broadmoor Park, 5236 Outlet Drive, Pasco, WA 99301
Hours: Monday – Thursday 11AM-9PM, Friday – Saturday 11AM-11PM, Sunday 11AM-Business
Contact: (509) 412-1225, winebar@gordonwines.com


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Gordon Estate Harvest Blessing September 2015.
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For the ABC partisans, you do not realize what you are missing. Don't behave like the elusive White Zinfandel drinker. Give this Chardonnay a try. You can thank me later.

Cheers!

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