Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $11

By on January 31, 2015

chateau-ste-michelle-chardonnay-nv-bottleBest Buy! The largest producer in the Pacific Northwest lowered production of its largest-volume Chardonnay by about 10 percent from the stunning 2012 vintage. There’s a fair bit of layering to this inexpensive offering, starting with six months of surlie aging in a program of 35% new oak. That accounts for a softer approach, both in terms of toast and structure, as it picks up notes of starfruit, Gala apple and dried pear with a finish of lemon oil and pith. Suggested foils include chicken, salmon and shellfish with accents ranging from lemon, ginger, tarragon and thyme.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 645,200 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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