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By on November 27, 2017

Sawtooth Estate Winery 2015 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $15

Best Buy! Boise-native Meredith Smith invests 12 months in a French oak program of 30 percent new barrels, making for inviting aromas of toasted buttermilk biscuits and Nilla Wafer. Creamy vanilla and lemony flavors combine to create a light-bodied and balanced Chardonnay at an affordable price.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,000 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

Winery website

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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