Long Shadows Vintners 2015 Dance Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $37

One of the most recent additions to the Long Shadows Vintners portfolio is the Dance project that fulfills a passion for Chardonnay shared by Allen Shoup and his founding winemaker, Gilles Nicault. The duo seems to have found their mark, starting with warm-climate Wente clone from California planted at two cooler Yakima Valley sites near Prosser, Wash. — Boushey Vineyard and Crawford Vineyard. Half of the lot went through Nicault’s prized concrete egg, while the other half went through French oak, 30% of those barrels were new. That keeps the fruit at the forefront, launching with aromas of a lemon bar, starfruit and baked Bosc pear, backed by brioche and light toast. The craftsmanship is precise with fruit-forward flavors of Asian pear and more starfruit, leading to a medium weight and lingering lemony finish.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 425 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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