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2008 Columbia Crest Chardonnay

April 16, 2010 - Norman Bentley



  A few nights ago, Mary, the "Chardonnay Queen", and I had dinner at "Maggianos Little Italy", one of       
our favorite mid priced restaurants.  Mary had Balsamic Vinegar Glazed Salmon, and I had the Shrimp 
Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta. To accompany this meal we chose the 2008 Columbia Crest Grand
Estates Chardonnay, and we could not have chosen a better companion!  The meal and the service,
along with the wine was superb!
The Columbia Crest Chardonnay, from the Columbia Valley in Washington State, is a good example of 
a wine which is neither too tart, nor too sweet, but just right, as Goldilocks would say!  It starts with the
aroma of apples and pears, which evolve into flavors of apples and pears, with a touch of tropical fruit.  
The finish is long and clean with a crisp, slight citrus nuance at the end.  Perfect with our seafood dishes, 
it would be a good pairing with most fish and fowl meals, but you would have to look long and hard to 
beat it with the Shrimp Scampi!
The "Wine Spectator" also liked it, with an 89 score, while the "Wine Enthusiast" labeled it a best buy, 
with the comment, "lip-smackingly good"!   Norm's score for this one would be an 88.  The only reason 
it is not 90 or above, would that it needs a little more acidity to cleanse the palate at the end.  With that 
said, I agree with the lip-smacking good comment, and find it to be better to guzzle than to sip!    


Price Range - $10 - $13

Score - 88




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