Three Rivers Winery 2013 Steel Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

By on July 7, 2014

three-rivers-winery-steel-chardonnay-2013-bottleBest Buy! Sagemoor Farms, which is under new ownership, produced all the Chardonnay grapes for this Walla Walla bottling, a blend of Bacchus (24%) and Sagemoor vineyards (19%) along the Columbia River with the bulk of the crop coming from Weinbau Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope. It spent no time in wood and didn’t undergo malolactic fermentation, which explains the bright nose of cotton candy, Meyer lemon, pear butter, apple sauce and melon. Asian pear and Golden Delicious apple flavors splash around in juicy acidity, with some minerality and pear skin bite in the finish. This received a silver medal at the 2014 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 4,626 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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