10 Chardonnays to start 2014

By on January 5, 2014

Vale Wine Co. 2011 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $16

vale-wine-company-chardonnayThe Idaho wine industry relies heavily on Skyline Vineyard, the state’s largest planting at 400 acres. Here, it helps make for aromas of fresh apple cider, lemon custard, pear and a touch of oak. Apple and pear lead the flavors on the entry, backed by a bit of toastiness and butter on the midpalate. Modest acidity and peach pit in the finish make this more food-friendly than many Chardonnays.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 112 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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