Best Buy! Some vineyard managers in the Pacific Northwest probably wished they had been able to bury a cane last fall to help vines deal with the mid-November blast of frigid weather. Here, this latest vintage of Chardonnay from the Middleton Family Wines lineup shows itself as a tropical expression. Rich and alluring aromas of Mango Lassi, marshmallow, cocoa butter, spice and lemon make their way to the palate. A lemon cream entry — a sign of the Sèmillon (11%) — picks up hints of papaya and sweet butter on the midpalate, backed by a kiss of honey and bite of Golden Delicious apple for balance. The short time on 20% new French oak shows itself nicely in the finish.
Production: 6,000 cases