Boomtown 2011 Chardonnay, Washington State, $16
This collaboration between Dusted Valley Vintners in Walla Walla and the Wahluke Wine Co., continues to produce consistently delicious Chardonnay. It starts with freshly sliced lemon and just-pressed apple cider, backed by pineapple and slate notes. The drink is fruit-forward and food-friendly with fleshy apple and pear flavors on the entry, backed by lemon juice and some pith, a touch of minerality and finished with lime. It’s easy to get into with its screwcap, but it won’t be as easy to find with production limited compared with previous vintages.
Production: 750 cases