Prince Michel Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay

While it is the most grown wine grape varietal in the world, Chardonnay is also the most expressive of terrior [see vincabulary].  Prince Michel Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay is a welcome addition to any summer picnic.

Virginia’s 2010 vintage featured an exceptional weather pattern that was beneficial to the grapes.  Spring rains faded (unlike this year) to a relatively dry summer with nice hot ripening days and cool nights.  Despite the third most active hurricane season, none significantly impacted the 2010 harvest.

The 2010 Chardonnay is light almost parchment colored in the glass this wine only hints at the layers of flavors ahead.  White grapefruit and poached pear dominate the nose with an undercurrent of green apple.

The bright well balanced attack features lemon zest leading to an expansive midpalate that opens up to reveal melon ball, summer cantaloupe and honey.  The medium length finish includes an undergirding of green apple highlighted by a touch of all spice.

Classic Chardonnay pairings such as grilled chicken and fish will work well with this delightful wine but so will more off the wall ideas as fried chicken pork and beans, potato skins and corn fritters

Best served at about 45° F, this wine was built to be consumed while relatively young, this wine is now in its prime.



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