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Seven Falls Cellars 2015 Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope, $18
Ste. Michelle executive Doug Gore, the 2017 inductee into the Washington Wine Hall of Fame, uses Chardonnay grown on the Wahluke Slope not far from the site of a now-inundated but series of seven falls that drained into the Columbia River below the Wahluke Slope. This latest release, which spent nine months in primarily French oak, offers aromas of sweet apple, lime and a touch of fresh-cut pineapple. On the tongue, more Gala apple flavors, a squirt of lime and then minerality emerge. Earlier this spring, it garnered a gold medal at the 2018 Cascadia International Wine Competition. And sources for this Chardonnay include vineyards owned by Dick Shaw, who follows Gore into the state’s hall of fame this August.
Production: 10,000 cases