1998 Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay, Columbia Valley...

WINE OF THE WEEK

January 19, 2000|By Michael Dresser

1998 Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay, Columbia Valley ($11).

The 1998 chardonnay from this ultra-reliable Washington state winery is a worthy successor to the excellent 1997, also a Wine-of-the-Week selection. It's not a humongous chardonnay, and that's part of its magic. It's a crisp wine that's in perfect balance, with a certain zing that its California counterparts seldom achieve (at least for this remarkable price). The flavors are a moderately complex mix of apple, pear, light oak, nuts, yeast, lemon and white pepper. This is superior to many a $20 chardonnay. If you see it on sale, consider a case purchase.

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