Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Yakima Valley
Vineyard: Olsen Estate
Big and rich, balanced with juicy acidity backing the expressive white fruit flavors that glide across the palate. Well-knit, showing a creamy texture and an extra-long finish. enlightenment sees extended barrel aging (20 months), which adds pillowy richness and textured structure. The nearly 30 year-old vines at Olsen Estate Vineyard have finally given up the ghost and the block was removed following the 2019 vintage.
Food Pairing: Classic lobster rolls on brioche or green huevos rancheros with cornmeal waffles.
Movie Pairing: Being There
enlightenment was a response to some of our followers' suggestion that we make a richer, extended barrel aged chardonnay based more on the late 1990s California version of chardonnay. Cougar juice it has been called. Full throttle, unapologetically buttery and oaky, enlightenment, first produced in 2011 from old vines, takes more time and is more costly to produce. With scores of 90 and 91 from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast, it seems we may have hit the mark.