Barnard Griffin 2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

Best Buy! Rob Griffin shepherded one of Washington’s first highly decorated Chardonnays to an array of honors back in 1977-78 and his 2014 shows he’s only honed his talents over the past four decades. Made from Columbia Valley grapes and bargain priced, its complex nose marshals a line of pear, lime, lemon and apple flavors across the palate, then closes with a lingering nip of juicy acidity. This earned a gold medal at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition and recently earned a double gold at the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 12,000 cases

Alcohol: 13.2%

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