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Ste. Chapelle 2016 Open Air Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $20
A year ago, Meredith Smith took best of class in Chardonnay at the Idaho Wine Competition for her work with Block 16 from the 2016 vintage for Ste. Chapelle. The year prior, the 2015 Open Air Chardonnay from Skyline and Sawtooth vineyards emerged as the best white wine of the judging. Smith’s latest work that references the winery’s summer concert series is a lingerie-style Chardonnay, meaning that the 20% new oak attracts but doesn’t get in the way. White peach, lemon drop and hazelnut aromas come to life on the palate with grace as the fruit profile that includes Bosc pear is ripe yet not sweet.
Production: 400 cases