Avery Lane Chardonnay Washington Columbia Valley 2007

This is another Washington wine from Precept's Avery Lane winery. I've previously written about the Avery Lane Cabernet Sauvignon, and as much as I was left underwhelmed by the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, I am pleased by this Chardonnay. It's a very pale yellow in the glass, with faint hints of green apple and (somewhat surprisingly) pineapple on the nose. It's 10% Sauvignon Blanc, and that percentage does make a difference. It's a little sweeter, and less oaky than your standard California style Chardonnay, with a sweet almost melon-like finish. Perfect for those last dwindling dog days of summer, now that fall is positively here and summer is technically over. I can see this particular wine working well with goat cheese, Greek salad with feta, even a "white" pizza.

Pick up a couple of bottles of this Avery Lane Chardonnay, some dungeness crab or smoked salmon, some artisan bread, the last of the summer melon, some goat cheese and some crackers, and pack them in a basket for that last picnic before you put the top back up on the jeep and store the barbecue for winter. I notice that Paul Gregutt of Wine Enthusiast has nominated Avery Lane's 2007 Chardonnay as a "Best Buy." At $3.99 a bottle from the Bargain Grocery Store, I can't argue. I'm planning to go pick up a few more bottles to remind me of summer when the rains hit later this fall, and I desperately need to be reminded of sunshine and warm summer breezes.