This is the first of the two selections I brought back with me from the Vintage Virginia 2013 wine festival a few weeks ago. This is a winery that was new to me, and I was intrigued enough by a quick sip or two of their wines to want to experience more. I probably would have purchased more than just one bottle then if I’d had the room to tote them home with me.
First Colony makes a couple of Chardonnays. One is labeled Estate Reserve and spends some eighteen months in a combination of new American and neutral French oak barrels. This one, on the other hand, is unoaked.
Winemaker: First Colony Winery
Appellation: Monticello, Virginia AVA
Notes: This Virginia Chardonnay was a medium yellow in the glass with a tinge of goldenrod. On the nose I detected light fig and citrus with some floral hints. It was a medium-bodied Chardonnay, and the acidity was fairly lively. On the palate I tasted fig, citrus, brown spice, and the slightest touch of butter with a nice grassy finish. Alcohol is at 11.4%, but it didn’t present as a sweet wine. I definitely enjoyed the fact that the flavor profile was just a tad outside the “usual” for Chardonnays I run across. I liked it. By the way, the winemaker says this wine presents with banana, lime and kiwi flavors. Maybe my taster was off this go-round, but I’m sticking with my notes. If you give it a try, please post a comment and let me know what you think. Either way, I thought it was a pleasant Chardonnay that would pair very nicely with some succulent summer barbecue – chicken or pork, your choice.
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