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Tasting Notes: Lake Anna Barrel Select Chardonnay (VA)

23 Feb
Lake Anna Winery at VA Wine Showcase 2012

Credit: Tonya Evans (Eric, Amy & another member of the LA family)

There’s something delightfully irreverent about the nose on this Barrel Select 2010 Chardonnay.

For those who prefer naked Chardonnay (aka steel barrel aged rather than oak aged) this may not be for you. But for me? This is a little bundle of wonderful. Smoky, nutty, vanilla characteristics in the nose that also show up on the first approach to the palette and definitely linger on the finish. I also detect some apricot and ripe peach.

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Day One at the VA Wine Showcase Ushers in Some Favorites & Notables!

18 Feb

I’ve just returned to my room from my first pass at the VA Wine Showcase ballrooms at the Crystal Gateway Marriott where I made a list of the wineries in attendance and tasted my way through eight or so tastings.

This timeout is to catch my breath and eat lunch! But I am so excited about what I’ve experienced so far.I’ve met some wonderful people (wine makers, artists, jewelers and fellow oenophiles alike!) and I’ve been introduced to Norton, a Virginia varietal I’d not yet heard of before.

I will blog more about my experience and post my tasting notes in the hours and days to come but here are a few favorites and notables!

 

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