One of the first Virginia wineries that I became a member of is located in Louisa , Virginia, which is about an hour north from Richmond. They have a very nice tasting room and supposedly they are no longer taking wine members because there are so many. They did stop doing events which was a little disappointing because their events were actually good. They usually had a wine or two with 6-9 ounce pours and free food. There were usually two shifts and we usually ended up staying for both.
With that in mind, I was told recently that Cooper along with other Virginia vineyards went and lobbied the state legislature to let them include other non-Virginia grapes in their wine. This is because the between the increasing demand and the number of wineries that have popped up in the recent years. This brings me to the 2012 Cooper Vineyards Chardonnay.
As you can see on the label it says “American” and not Virginia like many other wines of theirs. It also is sporting a different black label usually their label is white. I was told that was their was of differentiating from Virginia and a lot of non-Virginia grapes in the wine. According to their website:
Chardonnay 2012 –This crisp and refreshing Chardonnay is a select blend of juices from three vineyards with just a hint of oak. A clean bright finish completes this picnic friendly wine.
432 cases produced
$19 bottle/ case $194
So how was it?
Color – light golden color, not very bright.
Nose – Light butter and cream with some apple.
Taste – Crisp apple and hints of oak. Pretty buttery.
Finish – Very long for a not overly oaked Chardonnay.
Overall, I think this is a good refreshing wine. It is not one of their best whites to come out and may disappoint some people that want a 100% Virginia wine. I, personally, do not get caught up on the borders to me they are arbitrary. I just recently picked up their 2013 all Virginia estate-grown Chardonnay and cannot wait to try.