The Alger family from Idaho’s Sunnyslope shined at the 2015 Great Northwest Wine Competition with a gold medal for its 2013 Private Reserve Chardonnay, and it teamed up with award-winning winemaker Melanie Krause of Cinder Wines for another stunning white that’s part of its historic Chicken Dinner program. The Riesling-based blend offers a beautiful nose of Granny Smith apple, lemon and minerality with tropical tones in the background. There’s a match on the bright and crisp palate, which includes white peach and pear. It comes with a kiss of sweetness (1.3% residual sugar), yet brilliant acidity and a mist of orange oil strikes a delicious and dry balance. Suggested fare includes apricot and walnut topped baked brie, spicy Asian noodles with ginger dressing, fish tacos and — of course — chicken. This wine is widely available in and around the state capital.
Production: 1,170 cases