This week’s quick sip is the Blenheim Vineyards Chardonnay 2008. Chardonnay is the world’s most popular white wine grape variety and virtually every wine producing region in the world does a Chardonnay. In fact, here in Virginia, I’m pretty sure that Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape variety. Additionally, just about every Virginia tasting room has one or more Chardonnay wines to sample, ranging from crisp and clean in style, to lush and round with toasty oak framing. Based on my visits to a number of tasting-rooms in Virginia, Chardonnay does well in the vineyard and the winery, and although there are some great examples out there to taste, there is also a lack of consistency in terms of overall quality. If you are a Chardonnay lover, Blenheim Vineyards currently offers three different styles of Chardonnay, all of good quality. Let’s unscrew the Blenheim Vineyards Chardonnay 2008, and see, swirl, sniff, and sip what’s inside.
In the glass, the Blenheim Vineyards Chardonnay 2008 displays a clear lemon-yellow color with straw hues. The swirl & sniff offers caramel apple, toast, baking spice, and a smidgen of honey graham cracker crust aromas. On the sip, the wine is medium in body with good balance, refreshing acidity, and a nice medium-long and clean finish. Enjoy this wine on its own or try pairing it with smoked white meats, seafood, or white cream sauce dishes. This wine clocks in at 13.3% alcohol by volume and can be found at Blenheim Vineyard's for $15. Get out and grab a bottle of the Blenheim Vineyards Chardonnay 2008, friends, and drop me a line with your impressions of the wine.
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