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2013 Chateau Ste Michelle Chardonnay "Indian Wells"

Winery: Chateau Ste Michelle

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Indian Wells"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Region: Columbia Valley

State or country: WA

Price: $17

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 90 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: March 2, 2015

Wine Review: This yellow colored Chardonnay from Washington State opens with a very fragrant oak and apple like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, rich and very flavorful. Those flavors are a very expressive butterscotch and apple blend with integrated oak and notes of pear. The finish is dry and its flavors are nicely prolonged. It you like a rich styled Chard, you will love this wine. I would pair it with chicken francese or lobster bisque. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Our Indian Wells Chardonnay delivers an appealing tropical fruit character typical of warm sites like the Wahluke Slope. I like this Chardonnay's ripe pineapple and butterscotch flavors and rich, creamy texture. Try it with scallops, scampi or pasta with rich sauces.

Organic status: not organic

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