Full Review

Maryhill

Maryhill
2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Pasta Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8% RS: .02%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$9.95

Maryhill
2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Pasta Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8% RS: .02%
Bright golden yellow color. Mild aromas and flavors of apple and lemon scone and nougat with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish with accents of dried pineapple, pepper, and tarragon with dusty tannins and light oak. A solid quaffer or pair with lighter savory dishes.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: apple and lemon scone and nougat
Taste Flavor: dried pineapple, pepper, and tarragon
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Macaroni & Cheese, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A solid quaffer or pair with lighter savory dishes.

The Producer

Maryhill Winery

The Producer
9774 Hwy 14
Goldendale, WA 98620
USA
1 509-773-1976

Their Portfolio

90 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley 14.4% (USA) $24.95.
86 Maryhill 2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley 13.3% (USA) $16.95.
89 Maryhill 2011 Reserve, Les Collines, Merlot, Walla Walla Valley 14.6% (USA) $36.00.
90 Maryhill 2011 Reserve, Clifton Hills, Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope 14.6% (USA) $40.00.
91 Maryhill 2011 Reserve, Les Collines, Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley 14.3% (USA) $40.00.
92 Maryhill 2011 Reserve, Alder Ridge, Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills 14.4% (USA) $40.00.
89 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $24.95.
88 Maryhill 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.7% (USA) $16.95.
92 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, "Serendipity", Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $29.95.
85 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Merlot, Columbia Valley 14.8% (USA) $24.95.
87 Maryhill 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $16.95.
87 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Malbec, Columbia Valley 13.9% (USA) $24.95.
88 Maryhill 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley 13.6% (USA) $16.95.
89 Maryhill 2012 "Winemaker’s Red", Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $11.95.
90 Maryhill 2013 "Winemaker’s White", Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $9.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $9.95.
87 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Grenache, Columbia Valley 14.8% (USA) $19.95.
86 Maryhill 2012 Proprietor’s Reserve, Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.9% (USA) $16.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Gewurtztraminer, Columbia Valley 14.1% (USA) $9.95.
85 Maryhill 2013 Moscato di Canelli, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $11.95.
87 Maryhill 2013 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $11.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Riesling, Columbia Valley 13.1% (USA) $9.95.
89 Maryhill 2013 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $9.95.
90 Maryhill 2013 Viognier, Columbia Valley 14.4% (USA) $11.95.
89 Maryhill 2011 Barbera, Columbia Valley 14.5% (USA) $16.95.
89 Maryhill 2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley 13.3% (USA) $16.95.
87 Maryhill 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.7% (USA) $16.95.
87 Maryhill 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley 13.6% (USA) $16.95.
89 Maryhill 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $16.95.
91 Maryhill 2011 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley 14.1% (USA) $16.95.
90 Maryhill 2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $16.95.
89 Maryhill 2012 Winemaker’s Red, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $11.95.
90 Maryhill 2011 Zinfandel, Columbia Valley 14.8% (USA) $16.95.
84 Maryhill 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $9.95.
88 Maryhill 2012 Proprietor’s Reserve, Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.9% (USA) $16.95.
85 Maryhill 2013 Gewurztraminer, Columbia Valley 14.1% (USA) $9.95.
90 Maryhill 2013 Moscato di Canelli, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $11.95.
87 Maryhill 2013 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $11.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Riesling, Columbia Valley 13.1% (USA) $9.95.
89 Maryhill 2013 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $9.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $9.95.
91 Maryhill 2013 Viognier, Columbia Valley 14.4% (USA) $11.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Winemaker’s White, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $9.95.

Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.