Wines of the Week Pick - Wines Northwest, April 21, 2016
“Desert Wind Winery is in the heart of Washington’s Yakima Valley wine country, just off I-82 in Prosser. Visitors can book overnight stays at the Inn at Desert Wind with southwest décor, views of the Yakima River and complimentary breakfast. Enjoy the 2014 Chardonnay for its fresh pear and apple flavors with notes of floral perfume and vanilla. ”
Silver Medal - 2013 Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Silver Medal - 2013 Northwest Wine Summit Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2013 Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition
87 points - Wine Spectator, June 15, 2006
“Polished, with a tobacco note adding interest to the pear and spice flavors. Smooth finish.”
Silver Medal - 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver Medal - 2011 Washington State Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2011 Seattle Wine Awards
Outstanding/Best Buy - Wine Press Northwest, Fall 2010 issue
"A blend of family fruit that underwent both stainless steel (70%) and barrel fermentation produces a fascinating Chardonnay. Twisting the cap unleashes a genie effect of tropical tones along with Asian pear, Granny Smith and subtle butterscotch. Sweet pears lead the pleasurable drink including cantaloupe, honeydew melon, creamy banana and underlying minerality. Refreshing lemon shows in the farewell. There will be pressure on newly promoted winemaker Mark Chargin to replicate this."
2006 Bare Naked Chardonnay
88 points - Wine Spectator, June 30, 2008
"Spicy style offers plenty of nutmeg and tobacco character around a lithe core of pear and starfruit flavors. This is distinctive, serious stuff. Drink now through 2012."
Recommended/Bronze Medal - 2008 World Wine Championships
"Pale golden yellow color. Almond praline and pear tart crust aromas follow thorugh on a soft, breezy entry to dryish medium body with crystallized honey and baked brown apple accents. Finishes somewhat thin, warming and lightly pithy, pink peppercorn fade."
Bronze Medal - Grand Harvest Awards 2009
Top 10 White Wine in $20 and Under Category / 89 points / Silver Medal – World Value Wine Challenge
2004 Bare Naked Chardonnay
Excellent By-The-Glass Choice - Santé, October 2006
“Medium bodies and herbal with aromas and flavors of pear and green apple; lovely, balanced finish. Shrimp.”
Wines of the Week - Wines Northwest, July 10, 2006
“The Bare Naked part of the name refers to 100% stainless steel fermentation. Look for aromas of spicy apple, lemon and ripe pear. The palate offers ample acidity and flavors of tart green apple and hints of stone fruits. The wine was blended with 5% Semillon to round out the flavor profile.”
89 points - Wine Spectator, June 15, 2006
“Bright and zingy, with grapefruit and mineral flavors that persist on the lively finish, lingering impressively. Drink now through 2010.”—H.S.
Recommended - Northwest Palate, May/June 2006
“Forward smells of citrus zest...lead to refreshing flavors of lemon-lime, red apple skin and citrus blossoms.
Pair with chicken takitori.”
87 points - Wine Lovers Page, February 2006
"Deft use of oak is a pleasure here. Green apples, citrus and vanilla aromas expand on the palate, presented on a crisp, medium-bodied framework."