2010 Mercer Estates Chardonnay

Columbia Valley, WA
99% Chardonnay, 1% Pinot Gris; 13.9% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 28 Aug

2010_Mercer_ChardonnayThe Mercer name struck me as familiar, but one I couldn’t quite place exactly.  Lim13 confirmed they’ve been around a long time and are a well-known name in WA wine.  (There’s also a Mercer Yakima Valley Riesling I’ll review soon.)

This screw-capped bottle does not disappoint, with flavors of yellow apple and lemon, some green apple /  maybe lime, creamy vanilla / oak, and perhaps a little nutmeg.  It’s not that complex, but very lively and tasty.  Definitely a Thumbs Up.

Notes on the producer’s web site say: “Aromas of pear and melon mix with lemon cream, yeast and oak spice. In the mouth, fresh fruit and acidity introduce a wine with backbone, good weight, chalky minerality and fruit purity that match well with most foods.”

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