10 Chardonnays to start 2014

By on January 5, 2014

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2012 The Expedition Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

canoe-ridge-vineyard-expedition-chardonnay-2012-bottleBest Buy! Reds generate most of the headlines from the Horse Heaven Hills, but some stunning white wines also are created from this region that’s just across the Columbia River from Oregon. Wallula Vineyard, 9 Canyon and Canoe Ridge Vineyard come together to make for a fruit-forward nose of sweet pineapple, apricot preserves, Bartlett pear, Golden Delicious apple and lime juice. The 40 percent of barrel fermented wine shows on the creamy and rounded entry to the palate where there’s more white orchard fruit and tropical flavors. It’s a full-bodied Chardonnay with nice richness and length, backed with a late burst of acidity and a lick of pineapple candy and citrus pith in the finish.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 10,000 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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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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