Maryhill Winery 2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

By on November 3, 2015

maryhill-winery-chardonnay-2014-bottleBest Buy! In recent years, almost every wine Maryhill winemaker Richard Batchelor creates seems to turn into a precious commodity — regardless of its price. His latest Chardonnay from Milbrandt Vineyards (74%) and Tudor Hills Vineyards (26%) in the Yakima Valley, influence by 20% new French oak, led to a gold medal at the 2015 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition. A hint of caramel, plus pineapple and apple combine in its nose, then in the mouth are augmented by lime, tart apple and a tiny bit of dainty Asian pear at its edges. On this date in 1926, Queen Marie of Romania traveled to Goldendale and dedicated the Maryhill Museum of Art, just a short ATV drive away from Craig and Vicki Leuthold’s showpiece winery.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 4,101 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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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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