Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
A Wine Enthusiast Magazine perpetual Best Buy and a "Best Value" in the Wine Spectator, this Washington state Chardonnay is hard to beat. 65% barrel fermented and the rest fermented in tank to maintain the bright fruit flavors. Malolactic fermentation follows yeast fermentation for added richness and complexity and the wine is aged sur lie for more than six months in a mix of French and American oak
barrels (35% new) with regular stirrings to add richness and integrate the fruit and oak flavors. Wine Spectator said "On the lighter side, with lemon curd and spice flavors on a sleek frame, picking up fresh green fig notes as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2018."
This wine is one of my favorite Chardonnays. The wine is light but the flavors are present' just not overwhelming. If you prefer Chardonnay that compliments meals and doesn't overpower the palate you will like this wine.