Chateau Ste Michelle Chardonnay, Cold Creek Vineyard, Columbia Valley, 2009

Planted in the 1970s, Cold Creek is heralded as one of Washington's oldest iconic vineyards. 2009 started cool, but gorgeous summer temperatures brought ripening to a peak for an 8 day Chardonnay harvest that began September 10. Nearly ideal, according to our winemaker. Older vines provided the signature fruit intensity that Cold Creak Vineyard is known for. Alc. 14.5% by vol. Produced and bottled by Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville, WA.