Chateau Ste Michelle 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $11

By on November 20, 2013

chateau-ste-michelle-chardonnay-columbia-valley-bottleBest Buy! No production of Northwest Chardonnay is larger than this, and the consumer receives remarkable complexity for the price. Aromas conjure up thoughts of Granny Smith apple, lemon and Tim’s All Natural Unsalted Potato Chips, but there are barrel notes of toasted oak and vanilla. Much of the massive lot was aged in nearly neutral barrels and stirred on the lees for seven months, paving the way to flavors of Bosc pear, baked apple, dried pineapple, jicama and vanilla. A sheen of orange oil in the finish bodes nicely for tarragon-influence chicken, crab, salmon with fresh ginger or seared scallops.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 729,000 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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