Veritas “Estate Bottled” Chardonnay 2008

Veritas Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2008

Varietal: Chardonnay
Region: Virginia – USA
Cost: $16

Light gold in the glass with aromas of citrus, lemon, lime, green apple, quince, and white peach.  A hint of melon on the palate and just a touch of minerality lead into a slightly floral finish.  Pairs well with grilled or roasted chicken.

Recommendations: Back in March when my wife and I spent a few days in Virginia Wine Country near Charlottesville, one of the places we stopped on our second day of tastings was Veritas Vineyards.  We had been there before as her brother was actually married there a few years earlier, but we hadn’t tasted their wines in some time (having missed them at the 2010 Virginia Wine Expo the month before), and wanted to stop in for a visit.

While several of their wines were enjoyable, our hands down favorite of the whites was the Estate Bottled Chardonnay.  Produced solely in steel tanks, it’s crisp with a nice acidity and flavors of melon.  What I like most about it is that there’s just a bit of Viognier added to help balance out the finish and add that floral note on the finish that’s indicative of the Viognier grape.

When paired with a dinner of oven-cooked chicken topped with a cajun seasoning, the crispness of the wine did a great job of cutting the slight heat of the food, creating a nice pairing.  What I like most about this wine is that it pairs the food versatility of Chardonnay with the ease of drinking a Viognier.

If you’re looking for a white that will go well with just about any meal or out on the deck, the Veritas Estate Bottled Chardonnay is a good one to go for.  The mix of Chardonnay and Viognier is a winner and one I hope they continue to produce.

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