Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Chardonnay, 2010


indianwA very ballsy chardonnay.  Robust, forward, nothing restrained.  That’s another way of saying it doesn’t have that delicate, French style of refinement common in those over-the-top pricey Burgundies, which is not a partisan comment, it just is.  We took a pass on their everyday chardonnay, but this lovely bottle gave us pause.

 

Wicked legs.  Think Usain Bolt.  It could stand up to some very hearty fare, I reckon, although we sensibly had it with salmon (wild sockeye, baked, a little garlic aioli on the side).  If you like a bold, direct and assertive white, this is it.  And, frankly, after several bottles recently of Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewurtz, it was nice for a bit of a shock.

 

Price: $17 US in Seattle, the red “equivalent” is $30 in Vancouver at private wine shops.

 

Market Liquidity: When it’s do or die.

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