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Just as new growth bursts from ancient soils, this Chardonnay erupts from the glass with aromas of quince, pear and crème brulée.
The Columbia Valley was carved by cataclysmic ice age floods that tore across the Pacific Northwest, transforming the landscape, and blanketing the valleys with silt carried from hundreds of miles away.
As the last ice age came to a close, the glacial dam holding back Lake Missoula would periodically burst, releasing a 400-foot wall of water that tore across the Pacific Northwest at up to 80 miles an hour. The floods devastated everything in their path and reshaped the landscape all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
But from this upheaval, new life was born. The floodwaters scoured soil and sediment from the land as they went, pooling and eddying through what is now the Columbia Valley. When the water ultimately receded, the valley was blanketed in a deep layer of nutrient poor but well drained silt. Pair that with Eastern Washington’s reliable sunshine and wide temperature swings, and you have near perfect conditions for growing grapes. And so, ancient lakes become modern vineyards.
Cataclysm pays homage to the forces that continue to shape and reshape the earth beneath our feet.