Tamarack Cellars 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $15

By on July 28, 2016

tamarack-cellars-chardonnay-2015-bottleBest Buy! Here’s an example of Walla Walla winery that’s serious about Chardonnay, and founding winemaker Ron Coleman makes sure his impression is approachable in structure and price. Grapes from six vineyards – Lewis and Olsen Brothers in the Yakima Valley, Bacchus, Sagemoor and Gamache in the Columbia Basin, and Alderbanks in the Walla Walla Valley – were fermented mostly in neutral French oak. That creates a fruit-forward approach with a touch of oak, bringing aromas of Gala apple, pear and hazelnut. Its pleasing mouth feel begins with upfront acidity then a fleshy midpalate of melon with pan-fried banana, transitioning to finish that combines Granny Smith apple and lime zest.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 2,000 cases

Alcohol: 12.9%

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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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