Dusted Valley Vintners 2011 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $29

By on June 23, 2013

Dusted Valley ChardonnayWalla Walla’s brothers-in-law from Wisconsin deepen their relationship with the Milbrandt brothers, which allows them to reap the benefits of reaching into one of Washington’s top vineyards for white wines — Evergreen Vineyard in the Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley. It’s 100 percent barrel fermented, so it shows classic aromas of ripe banana, pear, fresh-baked bread and clarified butter. There’s a nice preservation of fruit on the palate hinting at sweet pineapple and poached pear, backed by grapefruit, a sign of the remarkable acidity that’s a hallmark of so many Dusted Valley wines. It is soldout at the winery, so seek assistance from your local wine merchant.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 144 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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