Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2013 Naked Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $10
Best Buy! Jeremy Santo was raised in the Yakima Valley by research scientists and starred as a defensive back for the Prosser High Mustangs. This vintage marks his second as head winemaker for Ryan Patrick Vineyards, and he’s created a marvelous stainless steel Chardonnay with fruit from Sagemoor, Wautoma Winds and Sundance vineyards. Aromas of fresh-cut pineapple, guava, There’s complexity to the structure that opens with a pleasing mouth feel from stirring on the lees as flavors of Asian pear and dried apricot transition to a crisp finish with Gala apple. The screwcap makes it quick and easy to serve with summertime salads, cheeses and fresh fruit.
Production: 8,200 cases