After two vintages with some of the coolest temperatures on record, 2012 presented us with warm, consistent weather. The dry summer produced fruit of a rich full character in a perfect tension with acidity. The heat units allowed ever so slightly higher alcohol levels. This vintage rivals the 09&rsquo; Pinot&rsquo;s which are some of the best we&rsquo;ve made to date.
2005 Domaine de la Feuillarde Pouilly-Fuissé Chardonnay
Manufacturer: Domaine de la Feuillarde
Brand: Domaine de la Feuillarde
The elegance of Burgundy. Discover a land for connoisseurs, where Chardonnay flourishes along country roads and the gentle hills roamed by the famous Charolaise white cows and the goats that produce exceptional farmhouse cheese. Known as the "green gold" or "pride of Burgundy", Pouilly-Fuissé is in the Maconnais subregion of Burgundy that produces the finest Chardonnays. The label depicts the family home which as belonged to the Thomas family for three generations. The family believes in using only natural fertilizers, controlled yields, and practices principles of environmental and responsiple agriculture. This wine comes from years of experience built on tradition of hand picking and skillful wine making to produce this special Chardonnay for the connoisseur.
Manufacturer: Copper River Estate
Bright and crisp chardonnay, with great mouthfeel. Whole cluster pressed with extended sur lees aging, delivers a long lasting rich flavor profile. In the warmer 2014 vintage, we sourced our Chardonnay from some of the cooler vineyard sites in Washington, including the renowned Evergreen vineyard in the Ancient Lakes AVA. A touch of Pinot Gris adds to the natural acidity and minerality of this wine.
2013 Convergence Zone Cellars 'Drizzle' Pinot Gris, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, Red Mountain 750 mL
Manufacturer: Convergence Zone Cellars
Brand: Convergence Zone Cellars
The 2013 vintage was a warm year with vine growth beginning early and harvest ahead of schedule. Our first grapes of the 2013 harvest were harvested from the famous Ciel du Cheval vineyard in Washington's Red Mountain AVA on August 26th and brought to Woodinville for processing--the first grapes picked on Red Mountain and the first brought into Woodinville. Brix (% sugar) at harvest was 22.3%. The fruit was loaded into a pneumatic bladder press where the grapes were pressed &amp;quot;whole cluster&amp;quot; (they were not crushed or destemmed prior to pressing). After about two hours of gentle pressing, the Pinot Gris juice was transferred to a settling tank for several days. We then transferred the settled juice to stainless steel tanks for a one month cool fermentation. After heat and cold stabilization, Drizzle was cross-flow filtered on February 14, 2014 and bottled on February 17, 2014.
2013 House Of Independent Producers HIP Chardonnay 750 mL
Manufacturer: Hedges Family Estate
Brand: House of Independent Producers
2013 was another excellent vintage in Washington State, made slightly unusual by 80 plus temperatures in April and 90 plus temperatures in May. This uncommon early season heat caused bud break and growth to be early and rapid, exceeding average by about ten days. An average summer meant veraison and harvest began early, which led to ripe fruit throughout the state. Once again, average in Washington is everyone else great. Fruit was predominately sourced from The Sagemoor Farms Vineyard in the Columbia Valley AVA.
Bud break occurred much earlier than normal, with above average temperatures leading through mid September. At this point we experienced a period of cooler temperatures extending harvest in to early November with well balanced ripeness. Paying It Forward: As a family we find ourselves blessed with good health. Our good fortune, however, comes with a realization that others are less fortunate. As a result we have chosen to donate 15% of Purple Star Wines’ proceeds to Seattle Children’s Hospital to benefit uncompensated care—a gesture we hope will lighten the financial burden of families overwhelmed by the expenses associated with critical medical care. It’s our way of “paying it forward.”