When you‚€™re always looking for the next big thing, the new 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
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.
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.