Happy Mother’s Day!
Here’s an antidote for those over-oaked chardonnays mentioned in my previous post: a trio of crisp, refreshing ones, by price point:
1. Jones of Washington 2011 Chardonnay Wahluke Slope & Columbia Valley $15. Bright, lean boat or concert-picnic pleaser.
See my previous post on Jones of Washington here.
2. Eberle Winery Estate 2011 Chardonnay Paso Robles, CA $20. Lightly oaked, yet bright and clean enough to pass for stainless-steel fermented. A perfect summer BBQ pour.
See my previous article in Palate Press featuring Eberle Winery here.
3. Lachini Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay – Willamette Valley $40. Chablis-style chardonnay -12 months stainless-steel aged. The rich, rounded finish lends itself to grilled steak, creamy cheeses, and seafood. Worth savoring with those special out-of-town guests.
Disclaimer: While I have been known to pour for Lachini’s Woodinville Tasting Room, it’s on this list because it’s a damn fine wine – not because of any perceived prejudices.
Forgeron Cellars 2011 Chardonnay- Columbia Valley WA $27: Smooth, neutral oak, lovingly tended malolactic fermentation gives this wine its old world elegance and discrete finish. Well worth pouring at patio or deck parties featuring grilled foods, pastas and salads.
See my previous post on Forgeron here.
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