Chardonnay is one of the most widely planted white wine grapes in the Old Dominion. While it does perform fairly well in our climate it also provides a great opportunity in the winery to influence the final flavor profile.
This wine is a bit of a hybrid, while it was fermented and aged on its lees half each in French and American oak barrels it was then held in stainless steel tanks for ten months.
The barrel fermentation provides the wine a great structural base but by moving it into the stainless steel, Winemaker Pancsak preserved a great deal of the fruit forward style the winery is known for.
Over the years, this wine has become known as “Charlottesville’s Chardonnay,” served across the town in several popular establishments.
This vintage, White Hall’s largest production wine, was bottled this year with both screw cap and cork closures.
In the glass the wine presents as a delightfully light straw color. The nice well rounded nose with vanilla tones and lemon grass attack is balanced with nice acid and green apple. As the wine moves through the midpalate expands to include cantaloupe and melon. The finish is bright and clean.
While I would tend to pair with a grilled chicken with rice pilaf, I also think it would stand up equally well to a North Carolina Pulled Pork sandwich or a spicy vegetarian chili.
DRINK NOW – February 2013