Owen Roe’s Corvidae Wine Co. ‘Mirth’ Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2012

Recommending a summer white that will please all of our customers is a serious challenge.

Firstly, there is the issue of Old World versus New World. Wine lovers from each group can be equally passionate.

Secondly, some New World aficionados are looking to go light in the summer, while others wouldn’t give up an ounce of precious body no matter how much heat comes their way.

The key is to find a wine that combines richness and refreshment in equal parts, something that’s bright and crisp enough to take to a picnic or the beach, but has enough substance to satisfy the demands of more formal gatherings.

We’re therefore fortunate that Owen Roe’s David O’Reilly just released his Corvidae ‘Mirth’ Chardonnay. O’Reilly makes highly sought-after wine in Washington and Oregon. Corvidae is his affordable line of wines.

corvidae mirthFrom Columbia valley fruit, this 100% stainless steel-fermented Chardonnay has plenty of summer fruit, lacks nothing in intensity, but has firm structure and a decidedly proper bearing.

This is a clean, vibrant Chardonnay with flavors of golden delicious apples, Meyer lemon and just a hint of ripe tropical fruit, all married together beautifully with balanced acidity and a bright, clean finish.

Just light enough to counter the heat, this is nevertheless a wine of substance, and a great option for wine lovers of any stripe.

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