Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2010 Columbia Crest Chardonnay

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Once again Columbia Crest, a secondary label for Chateau Ste. Michelle has produced another quality entry in the value price range.  The 2010 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay is the fifth or sixth vintage in a row to rate in the high eighties or low nineties. The Wine Spectator scored this one an 89.

The opening bouquet is filled with the scent of a fresh fruit bowl of apples and pears joined with a wafting breeze of citrus drifting across the top.  The flavor is abundant with green apples, and a slight influence of tropical fruit trailing off into a mild suggestion of lemon-lime citrus.  The finish is well balanced between the acidity and the fruit, with a crisp and lingering aftertaste tinged with buttery oak.  The wine was aged in both old and new French oak, with about one quarter of the juice done in stainless steel.  The alcohol content is 13.5%.

We enjoyed this pleasant Chardonnay with a bay scallops and pasta Alfredo dish teamed with zucchini and yellow squash stir fry.  This would also be a good choice for lemon-herb chicken or another well seasoned fish or fowl entree.  Norm’s score is 88.

Score: 88
Price: $9 – $12

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