Cloudlift Cellars 2011 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $18

cloudlift-cellars-chardonnay-2011-bottleIt’s not a vineyard designate, but it could be, and this release of 100% Bacchus Vineyard fruit is Tom Stangeland’s only unblended wine. It also could be labeled as a reserve-style with his use of new and neutral French oak. The toast shows in the nose with Honey Nut Cherrios, backed by hints of chicken stock and earthiness. Oak stands a bit taller on the palate among flavors of lemon custard, vanilla, butterscotch and lime.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 70 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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