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Screen Shot 2014-07-05 at 10.09.30 PMAs I have mentioned before, Cooper Vineyards in Louisa was one of the first Virginia wine clubs that I joined. I haven’t had a chance to go there that much in the past 6 months but I do always pick up my wine shipment. In the last shipment, we received their newly released 2013 Chardonnay. Now, on the bottle it seems that there was a misprint with too many ‘N’s in the label. Also, compared to the 2012 I reviewed, this Chardonnay is all estate grown. Now I do not normally get into borderlines, it is true that if a vineyard grows and cultivates their own grapes it usually ends up being a better wine.

Now they haven’t added their 2013 Chardonnay to their purchase list on their website, sometimes the wine club gets the releases before they mass to the public. It is also true that I was very lukewarm to their 2012 that brought in outside grapes so how was their 2013 estate?

Color – Light bright yellow.

Nose – Apples and pears with a hint of lemongrass.

Taste – Green apples, crisp with a hint of almonds on the finish. This is not a oaky chardonnay.

Finish – Medium finish with very low-medium acid.

Overall, this was a fantastic example of a oakless Chardonnay from Virginia. The wine label might be misspelled but this wine really knocks your socks off. It is smooth and really shows off the fruit and what this grape can really be. If you enjoy this you will never enjoy a buttery over-oaked Chardonnay we often see from California.

Rating: A-

~Justin