Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2007 $12

When you‚€™re always looking for the next big thing, the csm_chard_2005new hip wine, it‚€™s easy to forget your old friends. It‚€™s probably been several years since I‚€™ve tasted Chateau Ste. Michelle‚€™s Chardonnay
from the Columbia Valley of Washington state. I typically pass by it in
the stores, because it is everywhere and I‚€™m looking for something
surprising.

Well, this 2007 release of an old standby surprised
me with its balance, depth and quality, and left me chastened with the
thought that I should never take familiar labels for granted.

The
wine shows appealing herbal aromas ‚€“ rosemary? sage? ‚€“ that are
somewhat unexpected for a chardonnay, especially an inexpensive one.
It‚€™s soft texture in the mouth yields to lemon cream and apple fruit,
tinged with  aromatic wood spice.  This wine is a great value.

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