Despite what the A-B-C (Anything but Chardonnay) crowd says, Idaho’s largest winery has doubled production since launching this within their reserve tier in 2014. Boise native Meredith Smith’s long-held fascination for the grape — she received a bottle of Ste. Chapelle Chardonnay when she graduated from high school — is apparent as she crafts this in a fresh, fruity and easy-drinking style. The blend of ripe Bosc pear and Granny Smith apple goes a long way toward describing its blend of ripe orchard fruit and beautiful acidity, making for a long finish. A purchase will require a trip to the Sunnyslope because sales are limited to the tasting room. Awards: Great Northwest Invitational (best of class/gold), Idaho Wine Competition (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 91 points
Production: 320 cases