Sparkman Cellars 2014 “Kindred” Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, Washington
Fellow wine lovers, I first met Chris Sparkman back in 2006, when I was working at Matthews Cellars and he was the General Manager of The Waterfront Restaurant, now Aqua by El Gaucho. That same year, he debuted Sparkman Cellars, and we did a collaboration winemaker dinner for the Auction of Washington Wines. With his years of experience in the food and beverage business, and having Mark Ryan McNeilly as his consulting winemaker for the first few years, he was well on his way to success.
Now Sparkman Cellars has a value line of wines called “Kindred”, and the 2014 Chardonnay offers a lot of bang for the buck. It’s a nice, fat, buttery, Chardonnay with a healthy amount of oak. The fruit is sourced from Oasis, Olsen, and Stillwater Creek Vineyards, then aged for 18 months in 27% new French oak barrels. It tastes of fresh apricots, yellow apples, and hints of hazelnuts and straw, finishing with a rich and creamy texture.
Sparkman made just 334 cases of their Kindred Chardonnay
Region: Columbia Valley AVA, Washington State Wine
Vineyard(s): 60% Oasis, 33% Olsen, 7% Stillwater Creek
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Aging: 27% New French Oak Barrels for 18 Months
Drinkability: Now through 2018
Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Disruption Chardonnay, La Crema
Food Pairing: Scallops, Pasta with Cream Sauce, Chicken
Production: 334 cases