Three Rivers Winery 2012 Steel Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

By on March 7, 2014

three-rivers-winery-steel-chardonnay-2012-bottleBest Buy! Sagemoor Farms north of Pasco, Wash., harvested lots from Bacchus, Sagemoor and Weinbau all on Sept. 20 for this Walla Walla winery, and Holly Turner keeps the focus on the fruit with her “steel ” program. It smells of fresh-picked pears, Uncola and lemon pepper, and there’s a follow through with lots of pear flavor and a slice of Golden Delicious apple. A hint of pineapple pops on the midpalate, and there’s ample orange acidity to make for a good quaffer. This vintage — which won a silver medal at the 2014 Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Competition — no longer is available at the winery, so look for it grocers and wine merchants.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,504 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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