From the personal vineyard of Peter Brehm comes a balanced chardonnay at a great price. The Columbia Gorge is quickly gaining a reputation for producing world class white wine. We could easily see why when we visited in the spring of 2010. The setting reminded us of visits to the Mosul region of Germany where the best Rieslings are grown. Steep mountains, well not as insanely steep as the Mosul, all sloping down to the moderating effects of the huge Columbia River. Chardonnay is grown at the lower elevations and Gewurztraminer and Riesling are grown at the higher elevations.
The vineyard is culmination of 30 years of Peter Brehm's experience working in the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma. he fell in love with this location and planted the frist grapes here in the early 90's. The yields are kept down to 3 tons per acre which definitely shows Peter's focus of quality over quantity.
White Salmon Vineyard 2016 Chardonnay notes:
Below please find some notes associated with our recommended yeast strains for use with this fruit. It is important to note that any yeast will in fact perform the fermentation, however these strains have consistently performed well and produced flavors that our customers have been very happy with. To that end, the "correct" yeast strain is simply the one that sounds to you as though it will make the flavors that you are looking for in your wine.
You can add the yeast strain of your choice from the "You Might Also Need" section below. We also strongly recommend the use of the additive pack that you will see listed in this section as it will help enhance the quality of the wine you produce. Order one packet of yeast and one additive pack per pail of must or juice.
D47 - Complex white with citrus, dried apricot, pineapple and floral notes. Lees contact gives ripe spicy aromas with tropical and citrus tones developing, along with nuts. Adds volume/mouthfeel. Barrel fermentation and lees aging recommended. Good single-strain or as a blending component.
T306 - Exotic fruit and pineapple, with elegant white fruit notes in Chardonnay. Contributes to mouthfeel and lees aging is recommended. Good as a single-strain or as a blending component.
CY3079 - Classic white burgundy: rich, full mouthfeel with aromas of fresh butter, almonds, honey, white fruit, flowers and pineapple. Barrel fermentation and lees aging recommended.