2019 Christina

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2019 Christina
2019 Christina


Inspired by our introduction to Montrachet many years ago Christina pays homage to both world-class white wines from Burgundy and to our mother Marie Christina Den Hoed. Growing up in Holland as one of the youngest children in her large family she was determined, adventurous and strong, yet elegant and graceful. With her bonnet strings flapping in the wind, Marie Christina carried this personality as she left her family for America and the hand of her childhood sweetheart Andreas Den Hoed.


December 1, 2021

Varietal Composition100% Chardonnay
AppellationWalla Walla Valley
VineyardKenny Hill
Harvest Date10/03/2017
Acid6.3 g/L
Wine StyleWhite Wine
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date07/31/2020

92 POINTS - James Suckling

"White peach, spiced apple, cream, butterscotch and praline on the nose. It’s medium-to full-bodied with creamy, toasty layers, balanced by crisp acidity. Flavorful finish.

Kenny Hill Vineyard

This sloped, south-facing 70 acre parcel was purchased in the summer of 2008 as a joint venture between Andy & Bill Den Hoed and the Blair and Dunham families of Dunham Cellars. It is located 4 miles east of the Walla Walla aiprort up the Mill Creek drainage in the Blue Mountain foothills at an elevation of 1450 feet. The precipitation, elevation, slope, and naturally occurring breezes at this site provide a rare low incidence of frost and opportunity to grow non- irrigated grapes.

Prior to the purchase of this property, Dunham's vineyard management company, AMG, planted The Yellow Bird Vineyard, a dry land vineyard on the east side of Kenny Hill, for the Chan Family. There is no agricultural water right at this site. With full control of farming practices from the soil preparation to the varieties and clones selected for planting, we watched for successes and shortfalls at Yellow Bird.

After two years, the successes of Yellow Bird prompted us to purchase the property now known as Kenny Hill. We continued our dedication to restoring soil life and nutrition and using sustainable practices to ensure a healthy vineyard for generations to come. Wheat and legumes had previously been cropped on this land and had depleted its micro-biology. We ripped the land and incorporated a complex mix of organic compost and nutrients, thereby enhancing the soils water retention capability. After careful clone selection of varietals, we planted the first half of the vineyard in the spring of 2010, a year and half after acquiring the land. In the fall of 2012, we delivered the first beautiful crop of grapes from Kenny Hill Vineyard.


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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