Monday, December 29, 2014

Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Chardonnay 2013

My taste in Chardonnay is evolving.  Formerly, I strongly preferred Chardonnay with little or no hint of oak.  If the wine was aged totally in stainless steel, the crisp flavored wine was my kind of Chardonnay.  Lately, I have started to change.  While I have no use for a creamy, buttery, oak flavored Chardonnay, I now can enjoy some oak as long as the fruit flavors are present.

The Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Chardonnay is a wine from the Columbia Valley that I have been enjoying lately.  While there is a definite butterscotch and caramel flavor, the fruit flavors of pineapple and melon still shine thru.  The finish is interesting and enjoyable.  The wine has 14% alcohol.

For the past couple of weeks,  my local Costco has reduced the price on this wine to $9.95 but in mid-January the price will revert to the regular price of $12.95.  The local Total Wine and More store sells it for $13.99 and you can buy it online for as low as $14.99.   I think that Costco is giving us a good opportunity to stock up on this enjoyable Chardonnay.