Maryhill Winery 2019 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $17

By on August 1, 2021

Best Buy! Craig and Vicki Leuthold have made Maryhill Winery one of Washington’s best-known and most consistently delicious brands, and their flagship Chardonnay under their “Classic” tier illustrates why. Once again, winemaker Richard Batchelor — a three-time winner of the INDY International “Winemaker of the Year” award — has crafted a stellar, lightly oaked version of the world’s most popular white wine. This widely available bottling that gathers fruit from the Ancient Lakes and the Yakima Valley’s Tudor Hills delivers bright lemon, Granny Smith apple and a sniff of French oak in the nose, followed by lemon-lime, juicy acidity and a kiss of apple peel bit at its end. It has the acidity to match an array of foods, from shellfish to poultry to pasta in an Alfredo sauce, which helps explain why it received a gold medal at the 2021 Cascadia International Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 7,727 cases

Alcohol 14.1%

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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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