Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
The cool nights and warm days of the Yakima Valley produce grapes that express true varietal character while maintaining natural acidity and balance. To enhance this character our Chardonnay is inoculated for fermentation using the traditional “Pied de cuve” technique, in which a small amount of fruit is harvested early and gently crushed, allowing the fermentation to start with the natural yeast on the grape skins. The fermenting juice from this small fermentation is then added back to inoculate the main fermentation. Upon completion of the primary fermentation, 1/3 of the wine goes through a second, malo-lactic fermentation adding texture and depth. The remaining wine is oak aged, further enhancing the character of the fruit. The individual cuvees are blended together creating our Silver Totem Chardonnay.
Distinctively crisp and refreshing with a thoughtful oak influence shows off the varietal character offered by Columbia Valley’s mineral driven soils. Juicy and vibrant with bright fruit flavors, a core of velvet and a lingering finish.
This versatile wine pairs well with grilled chicken with creamed leeks, shrimp scampi or a baguette and brie.