Chateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
A Wine Enthusiast Magazine perpetual Best Buy, 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. This 2015 is again a Best Buy in Wine Enthusiast Magazine who said "The warmth of the vintage shows through on the fruit of this wine, which is chock-full of pineapple and other tropical aromas and flavors, sweetened by light barrel accents. It's a guaranteed crowd pleaser and a spot-on example of the variety."