Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Lake Chelan, $25

By on July 29, 2015

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards-2013-Chardonnay BottleLake Chelan winemaker Judy Phelps charts a course for a cool-climate Chardonnay with this lot from nearby Chelan Ridge Vineyard, which she took Oct. 9. She shows a deft hand with oak, using primarily neutral French barrels. Aromas of Meyer lemon, gooseberry and grapefruit include a kiss of butterscotch and caramel. The drink is succulent with Bosc pear and nectarine, backed by Golden Delicious apple and more yellow grapefruit juice. She suggests serving this with Emeril’s Seafood Mac and Cheese recipe.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 100 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

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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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