Winery: Penns Woods 
Grapes: Chardonnay
Appellation: Central Delaware Valley
Cost: $30 (2022 vintage)

Wine Description: Complex and serious. Typically features a nice blend of citrus fruit with hints of lusher, sweeter melon and even herbs. Oak shows with a touch of marzipan or crème brûlée, but it is quite restrained and well-integrated. Long finish.

Why It’s a Benchmark PA Wine: It’s a beautifully balanced and complex wine that highlights how Chardonnay — one of the more flexible grapes in terms of climate suitability — can work perfectly in cooler-climate regions like PA.