A to Z Oregon 2014 Chardonnay, $14.99-$16.99, 90 points, poured a lovely polished brass color.
Early aromatic pome blossoms, a hint of orange peel, and a whiff of ultralight maple syrup were exceptional, though a tad shy, and later devolved towards fresh-cut hay.
The light-plus body balanced crisp acidity with a refreshing fruity apple and melon rind flavor profile accented by tense black pepper and mineral notes.
Finished well, a bit creamy with a whisper of vanilla, ginger, and an almost tee-totaling 12% alcohol.
Paired okay with my mac and cheese, but perfectly with my BLT.
Purely a Northwest Chardonnay without any of the heaviness found in many of their Cali cousins, and too fruity for the steely Chablis.
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