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Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Chardonnay

By Norm Bentley - | May 14, 2021

Norm Bentley, The North Georgia Wine Advisor. PHOTO PROVIDED

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2018 Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Chardonnay

#20-2021

I have cooked Tuna Steaks on the grill in the past, but this time we had high-grade tuna which we wanted to turn into Ahi-Tuna Salad, so they had to be seared, and come off the grill pretty rare. I did fairly well with the tuna, and although either Pinot Noir or Chardonnay, pairs well with tuna, we chose Chardonnay, since it was a salad. The 2018 Indian Wells Chardonnay from Washington was great!

This is a buttery and creamy Chardonnay with big fruit and enough acidity to stand up to a spicy dish, which might even contain Wasabi (a key ingredient for Ahi-Tuna). The flavor spectrum is enhanced by notes of tropical fruit and a touch of apricot, with a mild oak finish. The alcohol content is 13.5%, and Norm’s score is 90.

A bottle of Indian Wells would also be great with Cedar-Plank Salmon.

Score: 90

Price: $14-$19