The Williamsburg Winery 2011 John Adlum Virginia Chardonnay

2011-JACAs we move into the summer months, Americans tend to move more toward malt beverages [read beer] over wine.  I strongly encourage you not to succumb to this peer pressure.  As this month’s white selection showcases, Virginia wine can be more refreshing than beer and incredibly complex.

Williamsburg is seeped in history therefore this wine is named for the leading horticulturist and viticulturalist of the Colonial era.  Major John Adlum’s served as a Brigadier General during the Revolutionary war. He created a large farm and nursery in  Georgetown, Washington DC.  His correspondence to his friend Thomas Jefferson on winemaking in the New World lasted nearly 30 years.

In the glass, the wine presents dark straw amber with clarity of color throughout. The round nose includes vanilla and yeast elements as well as a slight undercurrent of citrus.  The soft, balanced attack leads to a mid palate filled with fig, pineapple, bananas and spice.  The finish lingers slightly retaining pear and white grapefruit.

This mostly stainless steel Chardonnay would pair very well with summer chicken sausages from the grill, roasted vegetables or shellfish.

Drinking nicely now, this wine will only slightly increase in complexity with additional bottle aging.


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