Best Buy! Columbia Basin winemaker Victor Palencia favors Hungarian oak for much of his white wine program, and it’s a tradition he’s established with the estate Chardonnay program for the Jones family. The deft touch with oak allows him to build complexity without creating much in the way of barrel tones, and this latest vintage hints at banana, rosewater, Pim’s Orange biscuit, peach taffy from Bruce’s Candy Kitchen and graphite. On the palate, it’s bone-dry despite notes of Gala apple, pineapple and orange cream. The farewell brings a burst of lemon juice to create nice balance. This wine was first rated as in “Excellent” during fall 2015, and it showed even better in June 2016.
Production: 1,942 cases