Ashan Cellars Ashan Kestrel Chardonnay 2012 Bottle
SKU nb 144
Produced from the oldest existing Chardonnay vines in Washington state.
Original 1972 plantings of the Wente Clone in the heart of Yakima Valley.
Exotic melon and citrus flavors meld with a full textured Chardonnay mouthfeel.
Wild Yeast fermented in 100% New French Oak.
Wine EnthusiastThis barrel-fermented Chardonnay, from the oldest plantings (1972) in Washington State, displays exceptional concentration and palate weight. Apple pie, pear tart, baking spice, butter and caramel flavors abound. It's rich and packed with fruit, along with the seductive flavors that aging in new French oak can provide.
Wine SpectatorRich, ripe and generous, this white offers a tight framework, directing its pear, pineapple, almond milk and spice flavors into a bright beam that shines right through the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2017. 140 cases made.
Wine AdvocateShowing a touch more oak (it spent 10 months in all new French oak), yet also more richness, the 2012 Chardonnay Kestrel Vineyard offers more toasty, nutty qualities to go with a medium-bodied, clean, classically balanced feel on the palate. As with the Celilo Vineyard, it has loads of class and is an impressive Chardonnay to drink over the coming 4-5 years.