Waterbrook Winery 2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $12

By on February 9, 2016

waterbrook-winery-chardonnay-2014-bottleBest Buy! Two of Precept’s largest estate vineyards — Canyon Vineyard Ranch in the Yakima Valley and The Benches in the Horse Heaven Hills – contribute to this large-scale Chardonnay bottling by John Freeman. His program of 40 percent stainless steel fermentation with the rest in 20 percent new American oak barrels sets the table with aromas of dusty Gala apple, peach and lemon with barrel hints of toast, vanilla and butter. A rich entry of baked Brie and Honeycrisp apple leads to a complex finish of Lemonhead candy, spearmint, juniper berry and lemongrass, backed by plushness of butterscotch. Suggested pairings include roasted chicken, grilled seafood and pasta with a cream sauce.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 16,000 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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