By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/22/2014 | Send Email
I’m not going to lie. I’m instantly skeptical of anything that we can retail for under $10 from the US. I’m not saying that I don’t want to champion inexpensive wines, god knows we all need them, but with the cost of land, goods, equipment, labor, etc…it is just really difficult to make good wine at this price. That’s why when we actually do find one we get really, really excited for it. The 2012 Waterbrook Columbia Valley Chardonnay is a perfect example of an exciting value wine. The first thing that struck me about this wine is that everything felt natural. No acidification, no oak chips, no Frankenstein wine here. What is here is a lovely, surprisingly rich Chardonnay with the exotic spice of Hungarian oak and the creamy texture of partial Malolactic Fermentation. Add in round, delicious baked apple and apricot fruit and a touch of tropicality from 2% Viognier and this is a Chard that you can pick up by the case and drink by the bottle whenever the need strikes!