2021 2021 Dance
- Winemaker Gilles Nicault
- Appellation Columbia Valley
- Varietal Chardonnay
Winemaker Gilles Nicault has experimented with Chardonnay since the beginning of the Long Shadows collaboration to perfect a proprietary fermentation process and stye found in this wonderfully expressive wine.
A deeply aromatic Chardonnay offering exotic tropical fruits, white peach and a hint of honey on the nose. The mouthfeel is rich and viscous delivering layered flavors of stone fruit, dried apricot, baking spice, and freshly baked bread. Beautifully focused, with just enough acidity to lift the expression and complexity of the wine while leaving a pleasant fruitiness and hint of minerality on the finish.
The outstanding 2021 Dance Chardonnay is mostly sourced from the Gamache, Boushey and French Creek Vineyards. Stored in cement eggs as well as neutral and new French oak barrels, this is a stunning new wine that did not undergo full malolactic fermentation. Right away toasty oak and melon tones fill the nose alongside lemon zest and shades of creme brûlée. The palate is silky smooth and refined with incredible elegance and richness. Finishing extremely long, with good freshness, this is delicious Chardonnay to savor now and over the next ten years to come.
Two of Washington’s oldest Yakima Valley Chardonnay vineyards provide the grapes for this delicious wine. Wente clone Chardonnay from French Creek Vineyard, east of Prosser and Boushey Vineyard, north of Grandview, were chosen for the vibrant, lively character that defines Chardonnay grown on both these sites.