A dozen Northwest Chardonnays to try now

By on September 16, 2013

San Juan Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Yakima Valley, $14

san-juan-vineyards-chardonnay-2012-labelBest Buy! Otis Harlan created his Yakima Valley vineyard back in 1957, making the Rattlesnake Hills planting one of the state’s most historic sites. The late David Lake brought fame to Otis Vineyard while at Columbia Winery for his work with the fan-trained Cabernet Sauvignon vines, and this Puget Sound winery reached in Oct. 3 to produce a delicious Chardonnay. There’s no oak involved, making for aromas of fresh pineapple, peach, Sprite and a basil leaf for complexity. Flavors focus on ripe Golden Delicious apple and a delicious white peach with pleasing acidity.

Rating: Excellent

Alcohol: 12.5%


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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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