12 Spicy West Coast Chardonnays
by Cassia Schifter
Chardonnay is the most famous white wine on the planet. Because the grape itself is fairly neutral, the resulting wine’s style is defined by where and how it’s made. Today’s selection from Washington, Oregon and California represents the breadth of flavor that Chardonnay has to offer, with both classic and atypical characteristics. Get the scores and tasting notes!
The Argyle, Brick House and A to Z Wineworks versions hail from Oregon. The first two come from Willamette Valley, in the northwest of the state, and show a little more elegance and complexity. All three display classic Chardonnay characteristics, notably orchard fruit and spice.
ARGYLE Chardonnay Eola-Amity Hills Nuthouse Master Series 2016 Score: 91 | $40
Vibrant and graceful with crisp pear and lemon flavors accented by apricot and spice flavors that linger. Drink now through 2021. 250 cases made.—Tim Fish
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