10 Chardonnays to start 2014

By on January 5, 2014

Waterbrook Winery 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

waterbrook-winery-chardonnay-2012-bottleBest Buy! The combination of quality vineyards — Canyon Ranch, Sagemoor, Willard and The Benches — along with the barrel program of 30% stainless steel juice creates a profile of Chardonnay that one might not expect at this price in the Pacific Northwest. Aromatics gather up hints of pineapple, poached pear, lightly buttered toast and lemon pepper, which set the stage for a clean and plush drink. There’s more toast, pear butter and butterscotch in the flavors with lemony acidity and a scrape of flint in the finish.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 14,846 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%


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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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