2005 Hogue Columbia Valley Washington State Chardonnay

Price: $5.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per the winery “During the grape growing season, Eastern Washington boasts warm summer days followed by cool nights, ensuring that grapes ripen fully while retaining ample natural acidity. Our 2003 Chardonnay shows that classic balance. Aromas are of pear, citrus vanilla, cream, and hazelnut. The wine has complex Chardonnay character. Bright pear and cream flavors abound on the palate with a roundness acquired from the barrel fermented portion (31%). The finish is crisp. This would be a great accompaniment to broiled wild King salmon or fettuccini with a white clam sauce.”

What I Think:

Given my hate hate relationship with Chardonnay I am quick to look for those outside of the California area. This effort is slightly outside the norm. The nose doesn’t set it apart nor does the initial splash on the palate. But as the oak fades a racy citrus comes through that takes it down a different course. While not spectactular I could see a bottle of this sneaking in to my cart sometime in future. As a side note I am a huge fan of Hogue, especially some of their reds. Don’t hesitate to give any of their bottles a try as I have never be disappointed.

Rating: 12th Bottle