This summer weather sure is sticking around! It’s an excellent excuse to pop open a bottle of cold Chardonnay if you ask me. Precept wines recently sent me a delicious box of wines to taste, and the first one I picked was this delectable Chardonnay from Ste. Chapelle Winery. I was especially excited when I found out it comes from Idaho! I was able to do a little tasting there this summer and was blown away with what I tried. Finding a new wine region is always so fun, especially one that is growing like crazy, like Idaho!
Chardonnay is absolutely one of my favorite varietals. I like the cold and crisp versions aged in stainless steel, and ones that have seen some oak contact and have a hint of butter. The Ste. Chapelle Chardonnay definitely had a bit of oak contact, but I loved it! There of course were flavors of toast, but I also got notes of pineapple and bright citrus. Oak contact done right can create a wine that is smooth and has very nice balance. This wine was a great example of this! I loved the smooth, balanced mouthfeel and how fruit forward this wine was. This is the perfect summer wine.
Idaho is a region that I am definitely going to keep my eye on. There are some good things coming out of this area. Cheers to new wine regions, and delicious affordable wines.Advertise your business on Eugene Daily News!