Koenig Vineyards 2012 Bitner Vineyard Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $15
Best Buy! One of Idaho’s top winemakers has been working with Ron Bitner’s site on the Sunnyslope for 15 years, and he’s created a California-style Chardonnay. And he’s done it at consumer-friendly price point despite using new French oak barrels and surlie aging for nine months. The presentation is loaded with toast, vanilla, butterscotch and fig, backed by a bit of sweetness and finished with a burst of citrus. Greg Koenig suggests serving this with seafood on a bed of risotto.
Production: 104 cases