Full Review

The Originals

The Originals
2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Pasta Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.6%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$14
Best Buy

The Originals
2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Pasta Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.6%
Silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, citrusy, creamy aromas of citrus custard and ripe apples with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and an effortless, charming, medium-length delicate spice finish with silky tannins. A delicious, lively, and nicely balanced chardonnay.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy, smooth & fruity
Aroma Aroma: citrus custard and ripe apples
Taste Flavor: delicate spice
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Spicy Tuna Roll, Seafood Lasagna, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delicious, lively, and nicely balanced chardonnay.

The Producer

Precept Wine

The Producer
1910 Fairview Ave East, Ste 400
Seattle, WA 98102
USA
1 206-267-5252

Their Portfolio

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93 Aficionado 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale 14% (Australia) $15.00.
86 Aficionado 2015 Red Blend, McLaren Vale 13.5% (Australia) $15.00.
85 Apex 2014 Late Harvest, Semillon, Columbia Valley 11.2% (USA) $11.00.
85 B. Lovely 2014 Late Harvest, Riesling, Washington 9.2% (USA) $9.00.
92 Cloudveil 2014 Pinot Noir, Oregon 13.7% (USA) $15.00.
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88 Cluster 2015 Riesling, Washington 12% (USA) $9.99.
84 Cluster 2017 Riesling, Washington 11.5% (USA) $7.99.
88 Cluster 2016 Dark Red Blend, Washington 13.8% (USA) $9.99.
88 Crystal Creek 2015 Riesling, Columbia Valley 12.4% (USA) $7.99.
86 Crystal Creek 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.7% (USA) $7.99.
84 David James 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
87 David James 2016 Rosé, Columbia Valley 13.4% (USA) $12.99.
82 David James 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley 12.8% (USA) $12.99.
89 Disastrous by Nature 2016 Red Blend, Columbia Valley 13.6% (USA) $12.00.
86 Disastrous by Nature 2017 Rosé, Columbia Valley 12.8% (USA) $12.00.
91 Havelock 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 13% (New Zealand) $12.00.
88 Havelock 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 13% (New Zealand) $14.99.
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86 La Bouline 2016 Rosé, France 12% (France) $12.99.
85 Larkspur 2014 Pinot Noir, Oregon 12.5% (USA) $17.00.
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86 Lunar Harvest 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.9% (USA) $8.99.
87 Lunar Harvest 2015 Merlot, Columbia Valley 14% (USA) $8.99.
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88 Lunar Harvest 2016 Merlot, Columbia Valley 13.7% (USA) $9.00.
87 Lunar Harvest 2016 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13% (USA) $9.00.
88 Lunar Harvest 2016 Riesling, Columbia Valley 11.5% (USA) $8.00.
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89 Maison de Joie NV Methode Champenoise Brut, American 12% (USA) $12.99.
83 Moonbeam 2015 Sweet, Riesling, Washington 10% (USA) $9.00.
85 MWC 2015 Rosé, Columbia Valley 13% (USA) $10.00.
86 MWC 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.6% (USA) $12.99.
87 MWC 2014 Pinot Gris, Washington 13.6% (USA) $10.99.
89 MWC 2013 Pinot Noir, California 13.7% (USA) $12.99.
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85 MWC 2015 Rose, Columbia Valley 13% (USA) $10.99.
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88 MWC 2016 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley 13.4% (USA) $13.99.
84 MWC 2015 Rosé, Columbia Valley 13.4% (USA) $13.99.
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84 Perimeter 2014 Red Blend, Washington 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
92 Perimeter 2014 "Black" Dark Red Blend, California 12.8% (USA) $13.99.
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88 Perimeter 2015 Chardonnay, California 13.6% (USA) $12.99.
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88 Perimeter 2014 Merlot, Washington 14.1% (USA) $12.99.
82 Perimeter 2015 Red Blend, Washington 13.9% (USA) $12.99.
87 Perimeter 2015 Riesling, Washington 11% (USA) $10.99.
84 Perimeter 2016 Merlot, Washington 13.7% (USA) $9.99.
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87 Perimeter 2015 Chardonnay, California 13.6% (USA) $9.99.
86 Perimeter 2015 Red Blend, Washington 13.9% (USA) $9.99.
86 Perimeter 2016 Black Dark Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
89 Perimeter 2017 Riesling, Washington 11.7% (USA) $7.99.
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87 Red Impulse 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.3% (USA) $9.99.
90 Red Impulse 2015 Red Blend, Columbia Valley 14.3% (USA) $9.99.
83 Red Impulse 2015 Dark Red Blend, Columbia Valley 13.9% (USA) $9.99.
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86 Topsail 2014 Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley 13% (USA) $9.00.
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90 Wildhaven 2014 "Blazing" Red Blend, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $12.49.

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.