Best Buy! On occasion, Corey Braunel and Chad Johnson will work on their Boomtown wines in Walla Walla, that’s case with this Chardonnay, which they’ve historically sourced from sites including The Cliffs Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills near McNary Dam and Two Gun in the Columbia Basin. This is delightfully drinkable and crisp from start to finish, opening with fun aromas of Italian lime soda, lemon zest, cotton candy, fresh snap peas and some Horse Heaven Hills dusty minerality. The laser-focused palate brings a juicy mix orchard fruit akin to Asian pear and Granny Smith apple skin, along with more of that minerality. Suggested pairings include Mussels and Spanish Chorizo, a recipe by chef Janis Frey, a product of culinary program at now-closed The Art Institute of Seattle.
Rating: 91 points — Excellent
Production: 500 cases