15 Northwest wines for $15 or less

By on May 24, 2015

Buried Cane 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

Buried-Cane-Chardonnay-2013-BottleBest Buy! The Middleton family, owners of Cadaretta in Walla Walla, continues to move ahead with this consumer-minded line they’ve named for the little-used, painstaking vineyard practice of protecting vines from Arctic blasts. Brian Rudin oversaw the production of this rather complex Chardonnay, which invested in a barrel program of 35% new French oak and sent lots through 40% malolactic fermentation. Aromas of light toast, starfruit, white peach and lemon curd transition to brisk flavors of Asian pear and apricot. It’s presented in a dry style with low oak, backed by minerality and Granny Smith apple peel bite.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 6,008 cases

Alcohol: 13.7%

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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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