Chateau Ste Michelle Chardonnay, Canoe Ridge Estate, Horse Heaven Hills, 2009

Poised above the Columbia River on a steep, south-facing slope, this vineyard is distinctive for its dramatic view and sunny, windswept location. 2009 had one of the latest bud breaks ever, noted on April 18, but a warmer than normal summer brought full maturity in time for an early September harvest. We noted slightly larger clusters this year, still delivering the refined, elegant style consistent of this vineyard. Alc. 14.5% by vol. Produced and bottled by Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville, WA.