Delicate aromas are suggestive of lemon meringue, brioche and a hint of nutmeg. The mouthwatering palate is greeted with notes of casaba melon, kaffir lime, stone fruits and clean minerality. Nectarine, honey and wild ginger blend harmoniously into a long, lingering finish.
"The 2020 WA State Chardonnay show beautiful range and finesse from this warm vintage. Baking-spice-laced challah bread and banana tones meld with a rich mouthfeel and really gratifying length on the palate. The veil of tension holds everything brilliantly in place. Enjoy this beautiful wine over the next seven years.- Owen Borgreen"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (October 2021), 92 pts
"A grassy nose with notes of baked pear, meyer lemon and matchstick. Medium-to full-bodied with lovely, stony-mineral character. Good weight. Straw at the finish. Drink now."
- James Suckling (April 2022), 91 pts
"This wine's toast, pumpkin spice and peach aromas are followed by lithe, textured stone fruit flavors. It hits a lot of high marks and shows beautiful balance."
- Wine Enthusiast (September 2018), 91 pts
"Aged in French oak, 40% new, the rest one and two years old. Pale, bright yellow. Subtle spicy and floral notes add interest to the peach and lemon aromas. Supple and silky in the mouth, with a dry lemon zest edge and faintly saline minerality combining to give this wine a sappy, food-friendly character. Finishes dry and firm. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Vinous (November 2015), 89 pts
"Supple, ripe and complex, with layers of pear, floral, tangerine and a note reminiscent of freshly ironed clothing. Fine acidity carries this through to a refreshing finish. Drink now through 2020. 919 cases made. –HS"
- Wine Spectator (November 15th, 2015), 91 pts
"A blend of top sites Celilo and Conner Lee, this appealing wine displays aromas of candy corn, corn silk and chamomile. The stone-fruit flavors are elegantly styled, showing a sense of restraint and balance that carries through the lingering finish."
- Wine Enthusiast (September 1st 2015), 91 pts
"Abeja’s 2013 Chardonnay offers clean, crisp notes of apple blossom, white flowers, citrus and brioche. Fermented and aged in barrel (40% new), it has a solid mix of richness and freshness, is beautifully balanced, and will drink nicely for 2-3 years. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- The Wine Advocate (erobertparker.com, June 2015), 91 pts
"Polished, sleek and expressive, playing the pear and almond flavors against lively acidity and mouthcoating texture. Lingers enticingly on the medium-weight finish. Drink now through 2018. 660 cases made. –HS"
- Wine Spectator (May 31st, 2014), 91 pts
"Another classic vintage of Abeja Chardonnay, this is a memorable style that’s built around yummy barrel flavors of toast and caramel, with notes of stone fruits. The three vineyard sources—Celilo, Conner Lee, and French Creek—form a perfect crescent across the state and capture the essence of three quite different AVAs. It has lovely texture and length, with… - P.G."
"Sleek, silky, creamy and refined, especially appealing for the nectarine and tangerine flavors that dance smoothly through the long and inviting finish. Drink now through 2016. 937 cases made. –HS"
- Wine Spectator (November 30th 2012), 92 pts
"Abeja Chardonnays are as certain to hit their target as a Kobe Bryant slam dunk, and the style remains consistent vintage after vintage. Spicy, nutty, based around stone fruits and melon, they do not shy away from the toasty flavors that derive from barrel fermentation in 40% new French oak. The underlying minerality and well-balanced acidity mark this as… — P.G."
"Refined, elegant and tightly wound, with a good tension as the pear and spice flavors play against earthy and minerally nuances on the finish. Drink now through 2014. 690 cases made. - HS"
The word Abeja (Spanish for ‘bee’) is a beautifully simple term to describe one of nature’s hardest workers of the land. Abeja Winery owner Ken Harrison and wife Ginger chose ...