Wild Meadows Winery 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $11

By on July 9, 2014

wild-meadows-chardonnay-columbia-valley-bottleBest Buy! Precept winemaker Hal Landvoigt takes the lead on this label, which features wines made with either Washington or Idaho fruit. In this case, it draws from six vineyards spread out from the Yakima Valley to the Horse Heaven Hills — including Willow Crest and Wallula — and incorporates Viognier (10%) and Semillon (2%). Techniques using eight months in French and American oak with 20% malolactic fermentation help build the nose of Golden Delicious apple, Asian pear, lemon/lime and jicama. Flavors of fresh-sliced pear and Gala apple splash around amid a slightly creamy mouth feel prior to the finish of lime-like acidity and dusty minerality. These wines have found an audience this year on some Horizon flights.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 6,000 cases

Alcohol: 11.9%

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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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