Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2015 Naked Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $12

Best Buy! Considering the quality of the vineyards involved – Evergreen, Newhouse, Sagemoor and Wautoma Winds – it makes sense to keep all of the focus on the fruit with this Chardonnay. As a result, its five months of surlie aging were done entirely without oak. That’s the “naked” part. And Jeremy Santo’s work makes this downright yummy. Its theme of pineapple and lemon chiffon includes lime zest, peach blossom and Le Petit Beurre. There’s a touch of filbert skin in the background, and its refreshing finish seems meant for scallops.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 5,000 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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