Chardonnay grapes on the vine

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.