2017 Christina

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2017 Christina
2017 Christina


100% Chardonnay from our estate Wallula Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. Christina exudes remarkable complexity, concentration and purity of fruit. The grapes were gently pressed together for elegance before sur lie aging in once-used French oak barrels for approximately 7 months. Christina embodies the personality of Marie Christina Den Hoed: well-defined character, balance and grace.


June 21, 2019

Varietal Composition100% Chardonnay
AppellationHorse Heaven Hills
Harvest Date10/03/2017
Acid6.3 g/L
Wine StyleWhite Wine
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date07/13/2018

91 POINTS - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report

"The Christina Chardonnay was entirely sourced from the Wallula Vineyard. On the nose this takes on buttered popcorn, vanilla creme brûlée and bright peach aromas that all connect nicely in the glass. The palate is bright, showing citrus oil, Challah bread and ripe Japanese pear flavors. Finishing strong with vanilla cream, this is a terrific new wine that will cellar well for the next seven plus years."

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100% Wallula Vineyard

Considered by some to be the best vineyard site in Washington state, Wallula Vineyard is a picturesque growing location nestled high above the mighty Columbia River south of Kennewick. The vineyard is planted on south-facing slopes which vary from 2% up to 30% grade and its perimeter totals 9 miles of varied terrain.  Of this perimeter, the shore of the Columbia River provides nearly 3.5 miles of waterfront. From the river's edge at 320 feet above sea level, the property climbs a distance of nearly 3.5 miles to its peak elevation of 1367 feet. The lower elevations of the property provide ideal growing conditions for ultra-premium reds while conditions at the upper elevations allow for high quality whites to be grown. The river is of utmost importance as the water acts as a massive insulator where during the day heat accumulates quickly and at night it provides a cooling effect once the sun goes down.

Wallula's beauty as well as its suitability to winegrapes is due in part to the huge Missoula floods that raced down the Columbia River during the last ice age. The surging waters deposited Shano silt loam soils on the site, and carved the steep, basalt-rimmed canyon walls atop which the vineyards are planted.


Besides being the winemaker and owner for Tulpen Cellars, Ken Hart is the vineyard manager for our Kenny Hill Vineyard in the Mill Creek area of Walla Walla. He is the General Manager of Appellation Management Group which develops and manages vineyards within the Walla Walla Valley. Kenny has been involved with the planting of many vineyards in the valley including Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge, Nicholas Cole, Ash Hollow, and Yellow Bird.

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