Appellation: Snake River Valley
Longtime winemaker Maurine Johnson relies on fruit from Idaho’s Skyline Vineyard for this approachable and balanced Chardonnay. It starts with hints of pear butter on toast with apple, pineapple, jasmine and vanilla extract. The inviting entries brings delicious breadth with Gala apple, pear and lemony qualities. There’s roundness in the midpalate that’s followed by bright acidity to make this an enjoyable quaffer. Rated "Outstanding" by Great Northwest Wine. (13.9 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 1,360
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Food pairings: Serve with roast chicken, fish or cream-based pasta.
Ste. Chapelle, 19348 Lowell Road, Caldwell, Idaho, 208-453-7840, www.stechapelle.com.