10 Chardonnays to start 2014

By on January 5, 2014

Dusted Valley Vintners 2012 Evergreen Vineyard Chardonnay, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $29

dusted-valley-vintners-evergreen-vineyard-chardonnay-2012-bottleWisconsin natives Corey Braunel and Chad Johnson arrived in the Walla Walla Valley to make wine, and they soon developed a working relationship with the Milbrandt brothers, whose growing empire includes the Wahluke Wine Co., and renowned Evergreen Vineyard in the newly established Ancient Lakes appellation. Here’s a terrifically balanced Chardonnay that features oaky notes with flashy acidity and abundant fruit, starting with aromas of buttered toast, pear yogurt, pineapple candy and dried mango. Rich tropical flavors are met in the midpalate with butterscotch and finished with brioche, while bright acidity pushes from beginning to end.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 144 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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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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