Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2013 Chardonnay, Washington, $19

By on September 3, 2014

boomtown-dusted-valley-chardonnay-bottleWhile there’s a trend toward unoaked Chardonnay, this brand among Dusted Valley’s portfolio doesn’t skimp on barrel treatment. In fact, 85 percent of this juice was fermented in neutral oak. Its rich and buttery nose includes hints of toast, smoke, honeycomb and butter rum LifeSavers. That profile pushes through onto the palate, which also includes fruitiness of fresh pear and apple. There’s nice integration of barrel, butterscotch and creaminess with lemony acidity, so for those who enjoy this style, look for it at grocers and wine merchants as well as a by-the-glass pour at restaurants.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 2,000 cases

Alcohol: 12.9%

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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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