• Abeja 2014 Chardonnay, Washington
    Rating: 89 (11/1/2015)

    (aged in French oak, 40% new, the rest one and two years old): Pale, bright yellow. Subtle spicy and floral notes add interest to the peach and lemon aromas. Supple and silky in the mouth, with a dry lemon zest edge and faintly saline minerality combining to give this wine a sappy, food-friendly character. Finishes dry and firm. (An earlier bottle showed a charred oak note on the nose but this one is all fruits, flowers and minerals.)