Helix by Reininger 2012 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $21

By on April 7, 2014

helix-by-reininger-stillwater-creek-vineyard-chardonnay-bottleChuck Reininger developed this brand as a way to differentiate his wines made from fruit beyond the Walla Walla Valley. His work with Chardonnay from Stillwater Creek Vineyard, a remarkable site in the Frenchman Hills near Royal City, Wash., is obviously done without any oak. The nose screams of lemon juice, cotton candy, lemon peel and minerality. That lemony theme dominates the crisp palate, too, which offers up hints of Granny Smith apple, sweet lime and more minerality. He describes it as “a perfect wine for brighter weather,” and he presents it with lower alcohol than many Chardonnays on the market.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 424 cases

Alcohol: 13.3%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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