By Kori ~ December 8th, 2011.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’s selection, the 2010 House of Independent Producers Chardonnay from the Columbia Valley of Washington State.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
Hedges Family Estate, located on Red Mountain, is the largest family-owned winery in Washington State. Founders Tom and Anne-Marie Hedges created an export company called American Wine Trade in 1986 to sell wine to foreign importers. Out of that business came the establishment of a négociant-inspired wine called Hedges Cellars. Tom and Anne-Marie bought land on Red Mountain, planted vines, and built the chateau that is now home to their wine estate. The House of Independent Producers is a Hedges Family Estate project directed under Christophe Hedges.
“Intense northern latitude West Coast style. Angular, sharp, and grown for food consumption. Apple, flint, citrus, and stone define the palette. A classic Northwest style. A true place of origin wine.” –House of Independent Producers
2010 House of Independent Producers Chardonnay (Dionysus Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington): 100% Chardonnay. Pale greenish straw yellow. Nice nose with fresh citrus aromas. More citrus as well as honeysuckle, apple, and pear come through on the palate. Dry and light to medium-bodied with lively acidity and a long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $14; Available elsewhere, $11 to $15
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Chardonnay, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Washington State Wine, White Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25