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Zerba Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, Walla Walla Valley, $24
Zerba Cellars was one of the first wineries to locate on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley, which today is becoming a much more popular area. Zerba is on the main highway between downtown Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater, and it inhabits a quaint tasting room just south of the state line.
Doug Nierman is the longtime winemaker for this successful producer, which is a past Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year for Wine Press Northwest magazine.
In addition to its Walla Walla Valley tasting room, Zerba also has locations in Dundee, Ore., and Woodinville, Wash.
Nierman used estate grapes to craft this 2014 Chardonnay at this winery on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley. Its nose shows off elegant vanilla notes and promises citrus and pineapple that arrive at first sip. Lemon, pineapple and a touch of melon emerge on the midpalate, with a bit of minty acidity to close out.
We can’t wait to try it with lobster tail with butter.
This earned a gold medal at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition.
Production: 236 cases