Best Buy! One of the Washington’s most historic brands got a shot in the arm during the spring of 2012 when it was acquired by E&J Gallo. Canadian-born Sean Hails, who spent worked in the Okanagan Valley during 1990s, jumped at the opportunity to transfer from California and return to the Pacific Northwest, taking over at Woodinville icon in time for the 2012 harvest. He crafted this Chardonnay in a fruit-forward fashion, and it starts with clean aromas of apple, pear, pineapple, honey and just a slight hint of oak. There’s a rich entry of buttered toast, baked apple and pear flavors, backed by a late and tasty burst of lemon yogurt. Suggested fare includes Dungeness crab or steamed mussels.
Production: 18,436 cases