2016 Chardonnay Reviews Vineyards Past Vintages

Vineyard Source

Olsen, Yakima Valley


100% Chardonnay



Release Date

October 7, 2017


530 cases

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Winemaking Notes

"In the spring of 2013 we partnered with Olsen vineyard and selected a site that would produce world class chardonnay. Three distinct clones were chosen specifically to augment the already incredible characteristics of the site. Harvested between September 2nd and September 6th the fruit was whole cluster pressed and settled overnight. During its time in barrel the wine completed malolactic fermentation and was gently stirred to suspend the lees and add greater depth and weight to the palate. The wine was aged in 29% new French oak for 10 months." Mike Macmorran



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Leif Olsen's Yakima Valley AVA vineyard consistently produces some of the highest quality and most sought after grapes in the region. The first vines were planted in 1980, with the most recent planting in 2005. Vines sprawl over 800 acres over a wide variety of slopes, aspects, and elevations. Viognier, Syrah, and Petit Verdot are sourced from Olsen for Mark Ryan Winery wines. Mark and Mike have also collaborated with Leif to plant 7 acres of high density Grenache, Syrah, and Mouvedre on ancient soils at 1200-1300 feet of elevation which will come to fruition in 2016.

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2008: 92 Points: The 2008 Chardonnay was sourced from two superb sites, the Stillwater Creek and Connor Lee Vineyards. It was aged sur lie with batonnage and went through full malolactic. It displays an alluring perfume of buttered popcorn, mineral, poached pear, hazelnut, and tropical fruits. Satin-textured, savory, and impeccably balanced, this appealing Chardonnay may well evolve for 1-2 years but can be enjoyed now and over the next 4-5. 

2007: 91 PointsThe 2007 Chardonnay was sourced from the same two vineyards as the Viognier (Ciel du Cheval and Conner Lee). It was aged in 30% new French oak. Light gold-colored, it reveals aromas of toast, mineral, poached pear, and apple. Smooth-textured, balanced, and vibrant in a Chassagne-Montrachet style, the flavors are rich and all components are well-integrated. Drink this outstanding Chardonnay over the next 4 years.