Columbia Winery 2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14
Best Buy! Sean Hails’ production facility for Columbia Winery sits in the heart of Washington’s Yakima Valley near Sunnyside, and the string of hot vintages prompted him to target the cooler portions of the Valley for this 2014 Chardonnay. He also included some Pinot Gris (5%) and Viognier (2%) during the stainless-steel fermentation for brightness and complexity. Some oak and eight months of surlie aging help create aromas of pear butter, light honeyed toast and lemon custard that transcend into a flavors hinting at a spoonful of Lemon Chiffon pie and a slice of starfruit, backed by a clean finish of lime pulp.
Production: 9,000 cases