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14 Hands 2011 Chardonnay - Half Case

Price: $55.00
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A Chardonnay that is sweet, buttery, and fruit forward.  With notes of vanilla, caramel, apples, and pears, this Chardonnay is the perfect everyday wine.

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The Season
The 2011 vintage was fairly typical for eastern Washington. Bud break started a little earlier than normal but cooler temperatures through the early summer delayed veraison slightly. A warming trend began in late July and dry conditions through mid-October were ideal for fruit ripening.

The Vineyard
Fruit were sourced from vineyards throughout the Columbia Valley, including the Horse Heaven Hills.  The terrior in Columbia Valley consists of loam-sand and gravel soil which is good for drainage, but holds less nutrients.  The vines are grown on the south-facing side of the hills, allowing for most sun exposure and better drainage.

The Process
After gentle pressing, the juice was cold settled for two days, then racked off solids to a combination of barrels and stainless steel tanks.  Inoculation with N96, Premier Cuvee, Prise de Mousse and CY3079 yeasts initiated alcoholic fermentation.  20% of the wine was oak fermented, predominantly in neutral barrels.

The Experience
The 14 Hands 2012 Chardonnay offers bright aromas of apples and pears with a touch of caramel and spice. Elegant fruit flavors give way to hints of butter and vanilla, ending with a juicy finish.

The Facts
Appellation: Columbia Valley, Washington
Varietal Composition: 89% Chardonnay
Barrel Aging: 20% Neutral oak
Alcohol: 13.5%

Acidity: 0.52g/100ml
pH: 3.59
The inspiration for 14 Hands wines recalls a time when wild mustangs once freely roamed the hills of eastern Washington State. These small horses, measuring a scant 14 hands high - a “hand” being equivalent to a man’s palm width and how horses were measured then - would travel down from the hills every day to drink from the mighty Columbia River and graze upon the luscious waist high grasses along the riverbank, and then retreat back up into the hills to cool off at night. Strong and tenacious, these little horses became known for their endurance and were revered around the world.

This unique and beautiful landscape that gave these unbridled horses their spirit and tenacity now feeds the 14 Hands vines. With loamy-sand and gravel soils, these hills require a strong and determined grapevine, and our 14 Hands vines revel in this unique and world-class terroir. With the fruit from these tenacious vines, 14 Hands wines are handcrafted into big, bold, juicy fruit forward reds and crisp, fruit forward white wines that are laced with the unbridled spirit and legend of the region.

14 Hands celebrates the spirit of these wild horses, and the rich and unique history of Washington wines not only in our wines, but also in the vibrant colors and images on our popular varietal labels and our new Hot to Trot red and white blend wines. Whether you enjoy 14 Hands by the glass in your favorite restaurant, or share a bottle with family or friends, our wines are the quintessential Washington wine experience – fruit-forward, easily enjoyable with any meal or on any occasion, and delivering a superb value for the price. Bringing this bottle of wine to the party is more than bringing just a wine – it’s a delicious wine with a unique story that’s sure to spark up a memorable conversation.
Wine Enthusiast - 85 pts
"Apple, pear and melon flavors taste like they’re soaked in rose water. It’s an all-purpose, rather nondescript effort, with just the slightest hint of toast on the finish." - Paul Gregutt

Past Vintage
2010 - Wine Spectator: 85 pts
Aging Potential: Ready to Drink
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Appellation: Columbia Valley, Washington
Barrel Type: Neutral Oak
Body: Medium
Flavor Pairing: Grill, Buttery
Food Pairing: Chicken
On the Nose: Rose, Pear, Apple
On the Palate: Vanilla, Pear, Apple
Serving Recommendation: Slightly Chilled
Texture: Creamy
Varietal: Chardonnay

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