MichelleChardWe’ve come across a particularly nice Chardonnay value in the Costco aisle offered by the Washington wine powerhouse, Chateau Ste. Michelle.   This is not a boutique wine: CSM is the state’s oldest (and one of its largest) wineries.     The winemakers at CSM know winemaking (especially riesling and chardonnay)  This particular chardonnay wine is from their Indian Wells vineyard and is one of their “premium wines”.   Currently on sale for $9.99, it is an excellent value proposition.  (According to Cellartracker.com, the same wine goes for $13-17 per bottle).   So the Costco buyers have secured a decent discount.

There’s a lot to like here for $9.99. Light straw gold in color, Butterscotch and pineapple on the nose; echoed on the rich palate.  It is close to, but not quite, the California buttery style of Chardonnay. It’s acidity is medium minus, but good for rich “white wine” foods. It has a pleasant warm oaky nose, buttery and tasty on the palate, some citrus notes.  We call this a Goldilocks wine, as it doesn’t have too much of anything – just a very balanced, lighter style of chardonnay that’s very easy to drink and would be a safe recommendation to about any chardonnay fan.  This is a very nice wine, currently at an excellent price point, that is produced by a winery that knows how to produce a reliable and tasty product.

Price at Costco: $9.99