Full Review

Ryan Patrick

Ryan Patrick
2018 Rock Island, Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended

Ryan Patrick
2018 Rock Island, Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of wildflowers, crisp apples, honey, and freshly baked cinnamon roll with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, delightful, medium-long finish displaying accents of sumac-spiced croutons with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. An appetizing, fuller-bodied Chardonnay that will be a natural at the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: wildflowers, crisp apples, honey, and freshly baked cinnamon roll
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of sumac-spiced croutons
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An appetizing, fuller bodied Chardonnay that will be a natural at the table.

The Producer

Milbrandt Vineyards

The Producer
508 Cabernet Ct
Prosser, WA 99350
USA
1 509-788-0030

Their Portfolio

91 Milbrandt Vineyards 2018 Rosé, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $12.99.
90 Milbrandt Vineyards 2018 Family Grown, Pinot Grigio, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $12.99.
87 Milbrandt Vineyards 2017 Family Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $16.99.
85 Milbrandt Vineyards 2017 Family Grown, Merlot, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $16.99.
87 Milbrandt Vineyards 2018 Family Grown, Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
91 Milbrandt Vineyards 2018 Evergreen Vineyard Family Grown, Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley 11.5% (USA) $12.99.
BR Milbrandt Vineyards 2019 Rosé, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $.00. - Bronze Medal
91 Milbrandt Vineyards 2017 The Estates, Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope 14.5% (USA) $.00.
89 Milbrandt Vineyards 2019 Pinot Grigio, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $.00.
BR Milbrandt Vineyards 2018 The Estates, Chardonnay, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $.00. - Bronze Medal
92 Milbrandt Vineyards 2017 The Estates, Merlot, Wahluke Slope 14.5% (USA) $.00.
87 Milbrandt Vineyards 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope 14.5% (USA) $.00.
92 Ryan Patrick 2017 Elephant Mountain Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley 14.5% (USA) $.00.
89 Ryan Patrick 2016 Rock Island, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $.00.
86 Ryan Patrick 2018 Rock Island, Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $.00.
BR Ryan Patrick 2019 Rosé, Columbia Valley 11% (USA) $.00. - Bronze Medal

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.