Sawtooth Winery 2011 Estate Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $15

By on November 7, 2013

sawtooth-chardonnay-estate-bottleBest Buy! Idaho native Meredith Smith creates a Chardonnay from Sawtooth and Skyline vineyards that reaches across the aisle and serves both sides of the party well by offering buttery tones with great acidity — courtesy of spending 13 months in 30% new French oak. Its nose carries hints of Golden Delicious apple, apple blossom, vanilla and corn silk. On the attack, think of homemade caramel apple, backed by mashed pear, clarified butter and a drizzle of lemon juice. There’s pleasing viscosity through the midpalate before that lemony acidity takes over and provides extension.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,518 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%


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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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