House of Independent Producers is a side project of Christophe Hedges and is produced by Hedges Family Estates. As the wine is poured into the glass the first thing that I notice it is the pale yellow color with a very sight golden hue. The nose has very bright notes of lemon and lime, limoncello, white flowers, and light notes of custard. After the wine opened up a little, there were notes of brand new rubber tires. On first taste, there is a distinctive note of baked green apples. The wine is medium bodied with a powerful zing of acidity. The palate is dominated by key lime and grapefruit. The finish of the wine is very long and lingering with a hint of warmth on the back end. Throughout every part of the mouth there is a very bright acidity.
This wine advertised as being Chablis in style and after tasting it, I agree. A nice unoaked chardonnay that really builds once it opens up after a few minutes of swirling in the glass. The fruit and bright acidity make it very approachable and lively. The rubber component, as it opened up, reminds me of a riesling, which is a positive thing for me and something that adds a little bit of extra excitement to the very bright and fruity wine. I think that at the $14 pricepoint it falls in line with many of the village level Chablis that you will find in the stores and I would recommend this wine for someone looking for a non-California style chardonnay.
More Info on House of Independent Producers and Red Mountain:
House of Independent Producers La Bourgeoisie Merlot 2010 Coming 1/29
-Michael C Caputo
Producer: House of Independent Producers
Type: White wine
Region: Washington – Columbia Valley
Website: Hedges Family Estate