10 Chardonnays to start 2014

By on January 5, 2014

Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 Evergreen Vineyard The Estates Chardonnay, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $23

milbrandt-vineyards-evergreen-vineyard-the-estates-chardonnay-2012-bottleFew sites in the Pacific Northwest produce better white wines than the Milbrandt brothers’ Evergreen Vineyard near the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Wash. Joshua Maloney barrel-aged the fruit in 20% new French oak, and that imparts aromas of toast, butter, cantaloupe, baked apple and pineapple. The first sip brings in buttery notes with dried pineapple, leading to a rich midpalate and an expressive finish of cantaloupe and butterscotch. Suggested fare includes soft cheese, herb-crusted halibut and scallops as there’s plenty of acidity to play nicely.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 400 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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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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