Monday, January 16, 2006

Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay 2003 wine review by (PB)

From the Washington state producers who just keep pulverizing the notion that wonderful wine needs to push you to taking out a home equity loan to afford it comes this recommended beauty.

This Chardonnay is beautiful gold with a spectacular bouquet and nose of–-I kid you not–-Creme Brulee. It is so profound, I want to grab a spoon and dip into the creamy delight.

Figs and pineapple break the surface and come up around the Brulee.

In the mouth it is elegantly balanced with solid acids making it a GREAT food wine but it is a really nice aperitif as well. Although not huge on fruit, it is unique with perhaps quince on the mid palate. It finished with a sight bitterness that is actually interesting. The finish gets more complex as your mouth sits empty with a slight green-apple flavor.

I LIKE the unique nature of this wine and at...SIT DOWN–$9, is-a-get-out-of-here-and-buy-a-couple now--wine! The Wine Enthusiast rates this wine a 90 pointer and #28 in the top 100 for 2005. I absolutely agree!

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