2005 Columbia Crest Two Vines Chardonnay

Price: $5.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per the winery “The Two Vines Chardonnay offers fruit-forward apple and pear aromas with a hint of lemon citrus leading into a balanced crispness and creaminess on the palate and a lingering, lushly fruity finish. This Chardonnay, crafted in a lighter style designed for immediate enjoyment, perfectly captures the varietal intensity indicative of Columbia Valley wines.” -Ray Einberger, Winemaker

What I Think:

And the varietal tour rolls on! After enjoying the Cabernet I mentioned that I would give the Chardonnay a go. As a man of my word I am here to report on the results. To make it brief, lots of barrel, too much. This wine might work for others but not for me. I like my Chard in stainless steel or somehow else lacking the toast and barrel flavors that are overly prevalent in North America. That sounds disparaging but that is my opinion. This is a wine worth drinking and still serves as an excellent introductory bottle for those experiencing new grapes. As for me I’ll be sticking to the Callaway and hoping it can back up the results from my first tasting!

Rating: Skip It

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3 thoughts on “2005 Columbia Crest Two Vines Chardonnay

  1. I don’t know that cheap wines were meant to be aged for this long. I just opened a bottle and for lack of a better word, it’s sour. This is my first Washington Chardonnay, so I don’t know if that’s a result of grapes grown in a cooler climate, or if they simply held onto this one a bit too long. So far, I think the best chardonnay I’ve found in the $5-$6 range is probably Beringer 2007. It’s aged in Stainless Steel and has a pretty crisp, clean finish.

  2. @delish a nine month delayed thank you! What is the most interesting thing you learned about wine last year?

    @John Though I don’t have any factual knowledge to back this up my instincts say that nearly any wine can last for four years if it is stored even remotely well. That said make sure you give Washington Chard another try. Perhaps the Hogue… I’m not a huge Chard fan myself but will add the Beringer to my shopping list given it is stainless. Thanks for the tip!

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