Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Mimi Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills, $20

By on June 8, 2015

chateau-ste-michelle-mimi-chardonnay-nv-bottleThere is no vineyard named for Mimi Nye, but she got in on the ground floor as the vineyard manager at Ste. Michelle’s Canoe Ridge Estate and served as its steward since it was established in 1991. This marks the second vintage for this wine, which taps into Canoe Ridge and features on the label one of the peacocks who roam the campus in Woodinville — where Chateau Ste. Michelle’s white wines are made. The program for this wine strikes an impeccable and complex balance of fruit, oak and acidity, which is formed with 76 percent of the lot undergoing six months of surlie aging in French oak and the rest fermented in stainless steel. It leads to aromas of light butter and fresh-baked bread backed with fruitiness of a Mango Lassi, Meyer lemon, pear, white pepper and coriander. The bold entry brings delicious loads of juicy tropical fruit along with pear. There’s richness on the midpalate as it trails off into a beautiful finish of dried apricot and slate. Suggested pairings include poultry, crab cakes and salmon.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 25,000 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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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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