14 hands hot to trotOwned by Ste. Michelle Estates, and consistently among the 20 largest brands in the U.S., 14 Hands is named after the size of the small horses—14 hands—that used to roam the plains of Eastern Washington.

This is a Chardonnay/Riesling blend with small amounts of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Pinot Gris in the mix.

It doesn’t leap out of the glass but the aromatics are pleasant–lemon, green apple, d’anjou pear with floral hints. On the palate it has a bit of sweetness up front introducing a creamy, medium plus body at midpalate but finishes crisp and tart. A vibrant wine with a satisfying midpalate it will stand up to foods that have some sweetness.

A simple, well-made, versatile white with good value.

Score: 87

Price: $12 (Purchase Here)

Alc: 13%

The viscous guitars on Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Shame and Fortune” resonate nicely with the the substantial mid palate and crisp finish of this wine.