Barrel fermentation adds a lot of flavor and power to L'Ecole's white wines, and the Chardonnay is no exception. Punchy fruit, pervasive oak, and enough tartness to keep this wine rocking. A lively, intelligent and always interesting wine, it provides convincing evidence that Washington Chardonnay need never be dull. —P.G.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.