Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills, $21

By on June 28, 2015

Chateau Ste. Michelle-2013-Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay BottleWashington’s oldest and largest winery doesn’t actually own most of the vineyards it uses, as head winemaker Bob Bertheau prefers to view the vast Columbia Valley as the canvas he uses to create his artistry. But back in the early 1990s, Chateau Ste. Michelle established its Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard on a sagebrush-covered hill overlooking the Columbia River in the southern Horse Heaven Hills. Here, Bertheau brings in some of his favorite grapes. This vineyard-designated Chardonnay opens with aromas of lemon zest, a hint of toast and dustiness and a bit of tropical fruit. On the palate, it bursts with flavors of Mandarin orange, pineapple, banana and a bit of butterscotch. It is backed with a round mouth feel and lovely richness throughout.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 8,100 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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