An elegant entrance that is highlighted by its finesse. The mid-palate is balanced between fruit and subtle oak characters with a mineral backbone. The finish is round, filling and fresh with a medium-plus length.
The 2014 Chardonnay carries flavors of melon and apple in its medium bodied entrance before rounding out into a balanced and smooth wine.
Vintage and Winemaker Notes
With over 500 acres planted to Chardonnay, Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet, Soaring Eagle Vineyard is located in the Wahluke Slope AVA at 600-750 ft. in elevation. Hot and dry with a long growing season, Soaring Eagle is in one of the warmest Washington AVA’s. Planted on Burbank loamy fine sand, the site is known for producing ripe, luscious wines with high flavor intensity.
Fruit was handpicked, whole cluster pressed, cold settled, racked, and slow fermented and benefited from 5 months sur lie aging in 20% new French oak.
Following on the heels of a cold winter, early spring was very wet with double our typical precipitation in March. Rapidly warming temperatures in April led to buds breaking almost a week early – these favorable conditions continued, leading to very strong fruit set after a mid-June bloom. The abundance of fruit allowed for meticulous hand thinning; only the fruit meeting stringent quality parameters were allowed to ripen. Excellent weather continued throughout the summer, leading to a warmer than average vintage and resulted in excellent ripening conditions. Moving into late summer/early fall the grape clusters were in outstanding condition which combined with unusually dry conditions allowed for extended hang time and enhanced flavor development. The extended harvest period enabled each vineyard to be harvested at peak ripeness resulting in a crop of fantastic quality.
North by Northwest was founded in 2005 by the King family with the vision to handcraft varietally pure wines from the finest vineyards in Walla Walla Valley and Columbia Valley AVAs, which straddle the border of Washington and Oregon. We partner with like-minded vineyard owners, with an eye on sustainable viticultural practices. Our guiding principle is simple: produce a quality wine, for wine lovers.
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My thoughts from having purchased this a few times: Nothing spectacular, but worth it at the case pricing. Great to have on hand for guests who aren’t big into wine but you want to have something decent for them.