2018 Chardonnay Reviews Vineyards Past Vintages
         

Vineyard Source

Olsen, Yakima Valley


Blend

100% Chardonnay

Alcohol

14.4%

Release Date

October 4, 2019

Production

503 cases

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(90-92) points, Jeb Dunnuck

"All from a northern slope in Olsen vineyard, the 2018 Chardonnay is still aging in 31% new French oak. It's a perfumed, exotic Chardonnay that has loads of lemon curd, tangerine, and floral aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, supple, and elegant, it has terrific purity and a clean finish."

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From the 2017 vintage...

90 points, Jeb Dunnuck

"Mark's 2017 Chardonnay Olsen Vineyard comes all from a site in the Yakima Valley and was brought up in 46% new French oak. It has a classic orchard fruit, toasted bread, and white flower-driven bouquet that carries to a richer, concentrated, yet still fresh and vibrant Chardonnay. It has a touch of oak, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish, all making for an outstanding effort from this crew."


 
         

Olsen


Leif Olsen's Yakima Valley AVA vineyard consistently produces some of the highest quality and most sought after grapes in the region. The first vines were planted in 1980, with the most recent planting in 2005. Vines sprawl over 800 acres over a wide variety of slopes, aspects, and elevations. Viognier, Syrah, and Petit Verdot are sourced from Olsen for Mark Ryan Winery wines. Mark and Mike have also collaborated with Leif to plant 7 acres of high density Grenache, Syrah, and Mouvedre on ancient soils at 1200-1300 feet of elevation which will come to fruition in 2016.

 
           Wine Advocate

2008: 92 Points: The 2008 Chardonnay was sourced from two superb sites, the Stillwater Creek and Connor Lee Vineyards. It was aged sur lie with batonnage and went through full malolactic. It displays an alluring perfume of buttered popcorn, mineral, poached pear, hazelnut, and tropical fruits. Satin-textured, savory, and impeccably balanced, this appealing Chardonnay may well evolve for 1-2 years but can be enjoyed now and over the next 4-5. 

2007: 91 PointsThe 2007 Chardonnay was sourced from the same two vineyards as the Viognier (Ciel du Cheval and Conner Lee). It was aged in 30% new French oak. Light gold-colored, it reveals aromas of toast, mineral, poached pear, and apple. Smooth-textured, balanced, and vibrant in a Chassagne-Montrachet style, the flavors are rich and all components are well-integrated. Drink this outstanding Chardonnay over the next 4 years.