10 Chardonnays to start 2014

By on January 5, 2014
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Vino La Monarcha 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $15

vino-la-monarcha-chardonnay-2012Best Buy! Victor Palencia shows the potential of often-overlooked Frenchman Hills Vineyard near Royal City, Wash., with this stunningly beautiful and reasonably priced Chardonnay. The nose is clean and bright with lemon, Golden Delicious apple, butterscotch, larch needle and inviting herbal notes. It’s delicious, lively and loaded with tropical flavors of pineapple, mango and guava along with dried apple. There’s richness to the mouth feel and great length, capped off with a finish of Asian pear tartness. Look for these wines at Palencia Wine Company’s new tasting room in the Walla Walla airport district.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 100 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of “The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer’s Handbook” (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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