15 Northwest wines for $15 or less

By on May 24, 2015

Kamiak 2014 Unoaked Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $15

Kamiak 2014 Unoaked Chardonnay labelBest Buy! Walla Walla-trained winemaker Tyler Tennyson makes his debut for Gordon Estate with this fresh release under its second label. With his debut vintage for the Pasco, Wash., family, he captures aromas of marshmallow cream, Bosc pear, starfruit, melon and vanilla. There’s a brisk entry with flavors reminiscent of fresh-cut Asian pear and Granny Smith apple, yet there’s complexity with a pleasing touch of creaminess on the midpalate that leads into a finish of minerality backed by lime juice. Suggested pairings include pasta with alfredo sauce, Niçoise salad, pan-fried trout and shellfish.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,950 cases

Alcohol: 12.7%

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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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