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Mirth 2008 Chardonnay

"One for sorrow - two for mirth - three for a wedding - four for birth"

Evidently, this wine has had some buzz in the last year. The buzz, combined with the price, led me to purchase a bottle today. I was happy to find this wine priced at $7.99. While not the current 2009 vintage, this 2008 vintage is holding up well.

It was a pale straw color, with honey and Asian pear on the nose, crisp, with a lot of Asian pear in the mouth, and a bright, clean, apple finish. Typically, I would not go for this style of Chardonnay, see notes below – but I like this one. This would pair well with a crab salad, steamed mussels or grilled shrimp. Go buy some and share in the buzz.

It’s interesting to note that 65% of the fruit is from Washington and 35% is from Oregon. This makes for a very tasty dual State wine. Does this qualify as a Washington wine? Anyone know? Also of note is that this wine has very little oak, with a blend of 95% fermented in stainless steel and 5% in neutral oak, 13% alcohol.

I found some Winemaker notes: “Minimal oak influence and absence of malo-lactic fermentation allow the excellent fruit character to shine, while freshness and structure are insured through well-balanced acidity.”

The corvidae Wine Company is located in Sunnyside, Washington. If you are familiar with Sunnyside, it is located in the former Apex Winery facility, which once was a dairy. The corvidae label is a David O’Reilly (Owen Roe) label.


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