It’s been fascinating to follow the transformation of the Small family’s Chardonnay program. Regardless of the style, it’s long been a standard for Washington, both when it was round and oak-driven to the balanced, fruit-focused approach of today. Kevin Mott, who arrived in 2003, relied on estate fruit and a bit from Celilo in the Columbia Gorge to craft the top Chardonnay of the Platinum. White peach, Fuji apple, light vanilla and citrusy notes make for a fresh and bright Chardonnay that includes facial powder and orange zest in the finish. “It’s clean, beautiful, seamless and flirty,” according to one judge. Award: Great Northwest Invitational (gold).
Rating: Double Platinum, 96 points
Production: 417 cases