TASTING NOTES

2015

2015 "Centennial Trail" Chardonnay

Winemaker Linda Trotta is a Chardonnay admirer at her core, and selects premium lots to craft our Pacific Crest Chardonnay. “The Columbia Valley, with its diverse climate and soils, grows Chardonnay grapes with profiles ranging from bright tropical to warm apple. We take pride in expressing the best that Washington has to offer, with a Chardonnay that is at once approachable and complex.”

This Chardonnay is balanced with notes of apple, cinnamon, honeycomb, and brioche that are complemented by a medium body and a long, nuanced finish.

APPELLATION: Columbia Valley
FOOD PAIRING: Provencal vegetable tart
SUGGESTED RETAIL: $16.99

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2015 McNary Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Our Pacific Crest Cabernet Sauvignon pays tribute to the compelling beauty of its namesake. Winemaker Linda Trotta showcases the pure fruit flavors of Washington-grown Cabernet Sauvignon in a style that offers depth and structure.

Balanced notes of black currant, blackberry, mocha, and clove are complemented by a full-body, dusty tannins, and a long, tight finish on this single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

APPELLATION: McNary Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills
FOOD PAIRING: Provencal vegetable tart
SUGGESTED RETAIL: $19.99

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VINEYARDS

The Columbia Valley AVA covers southeastern Washington, centered on the Columbia River and its tributaries. These rivers provide water for irrigation in the dry climate, and help to regulate the temperatures of the continental climate. In the southern portion of the Columbia Valley lies the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, where McNary Vineyard is located. Here, volcanic and sandy soils along the Columbia River and windy conditions stress the vines and help prevent disease, contributing to the production of premium grapes.

For both Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay grapes, the regulating temperatures of the Columbia River and the rain shadow formed by the Cascade Mountains is vital. The river helps to prevent spring frosts, which is particularly important for the early-budding Chardonnay vines. Cabernet Sauvignon, a late-ripening variety, benefits from the extended growing season, while Chardonnay is able to take on more complex fruit characteristics.

WINEMAKING

Linda Trotta has been immersed in the world of winemaking since she was just a child, watching her grandparents make wine in the garage. In the last 30 years, she has produced wines from Sonoma County, California to Paarl, South Africa, with five vintages in Washington State. Her goal is always to deliver balance and finesse on the final product, while celebrating the individual terroir that each parcel of land can deliver. For Pacific Crest Wine Co., this means gently integrating vibrant fruit notes with sweet, toasty oak to create multilayered wines for everyday drinking.