Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Indian Wells Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $17

By on November 14, 2013

chateau-ste-michelle-indian-wells-chardonnayThis tier now refers to a style, rather than the Indian Wells Vineyard per se, but most of the fruit in this bottling did come from the Wahluke Slope — home to Indian Wells. It offers a nose filled with lemon custard, Golden Delicious apple, baked pear and apple. There’s a pleasing match on the palate, which picks up round and rich buttery notes. The finish brings pleasing acidity and a pinch of lemon pepper. Try serving this with Chicken Alfredo, scallops or scampi.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 52,500 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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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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