Another early WAwineman classic, 1st posted on March 3, 2008:
On a whim, driving around the ‘hood after sampling at Matthews Estate and Betz, I landed in this backlot of an industrial park after following the sandwich boards. Popped inside and could hear voices but no one greeted me. So, curiously I went in back and there was a mini-tour going with some fellow Boeing wine-groupies. After the standard spiel, we went back to the tasting room and Chris started pouring the goodies. I tried both the muscat and the pinot gris, which will both be officially released March 7 and thought the muscat had a little more oomph so I bought a mini-bottle (a tenth, in wine-speak).
Chatter Creek was founded in 2000, but was previously under another name, Alexia, until some plonk vodka company sued and winemaker Gordy Rawson was forced to change it to the name of his favorite childhood fishing spot. Self-taught and guided by David Lake, MW (former winemaker at Columbia), he has good applied pedigree. Total production: about 1500 cases.
Aroma: definitely orange-y. Color: crisp, clear light yellow. Mouthfeel: not too sweet, barely a scent of alcohol, and not too syrupy. Tail trail: about 2 seconds. Alcohol: not listed (my guess is far less than 8%).
A good starter aperitif wine and paired very well with mixed greens with cranberries, feta cheese and olive oil dressing. Would have been better with a dessert tray of fresh citrus fruits. A nice change after ‘red blend month’. Value: $12. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated, but not uncouth.