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2016 Chardonnay Monet
This cheerful chardonnay shows shimmering white gold in the glass. Made from grapes grown in the higher, cooler elevations of the Ancient Lakes AVA in the Columbia Valley, fresh aromas of lemon, pear blossom, and hazelnut dominate. This is a festive wine of medium body with flavors of yellow apple, Meyer lemon, caramelized pear, toasted baguette, and cucumber flesh. There’s just enough oak influence to round out the wine without detracting from its natural liveliness.
2013 Cabernet Manet
In the style of the left bank of Bordeaux, this is a blend of mostly cabernet sauvignon (from the Yakima Valley AVA) and a smaller amount of merlot (from the Wahluke Slope AVA). It is a structured wine with a deep ruby color. On the nose, it reveals layers of black cherry, wet bark, violet, black currant, charcoal, and new leather. The palate shows powerful dark cherry, blackberry, graphite, cedar, and pipe tobacco. This is a rich, balanced wine with a long finish.
2015 Pinot Renoir
Light ruby with complex aromas of strawberry, rose, blackberry jam, rhubarb, and dried leaves, this is a nuanced expression of pinot noir. Flavors of cherries flambé, black plum, and hoisin sauce integrate confidently. Careful vineyard management maximizes flavor concentration and the winemaking techniques extract these characteristics of the grapes. A combination of new French oak and stainless steel aging encourage complexity and ripeness.