Noviello Vineyards 2015 French Creek Vineyard Chardonnay, Yakima Valley, $28
Bellevue plastic surgeon Fredric Stern and his wife, Ana, have planted Chardonnay at their young Noviello Estate Vineyard above the Columbia River near Chelan, but in the meantime, they continue their relationship with Damon LaLonde’s French Creek Vineyard near the Yakima River. And yet their latest barrel-fermented Chardonnay, with 20% new French oak, is replete with fruit that hints at Wenatchee Valley orchard with apple blossom, Bosc pear and Gala apple. The crisp finish offers a touch of jasmine for finesse. While the goal is to open their Chelan tasting room in time for the 2017 crush, these wines are available at the QFC in downtown Bellevue, El Gaucho Bellevue, Assaggio Ristorante Seattle and Lone Pine Fruit in Orondo.
Production: 275 cases