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Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 5.44.23 PMI have been waiting for this moment for a while and it actually happened by accident but for the first time I will review a wine type from the same winery twice but two different vintaged years. I am sure most people do not pay attention to vintages when they shop in the grocery store. Many in the store are not vintaged to keep consistent.

But people who really enjoy wine should and do pay attention to vintage. In Virginia, vintage can make all of the difference. This brings me to the 2013 Delaplane Cellars Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, which was not a good year for Virginia wine. I have previously reviewed the 2012 version and gave it an A-. I will note that after going back and reading my 2012 review, it was very basic to what I do now.

Of course, like a lot of Virginia wineries, there are no tasting notes on their website. I guess you will just have to take my word for it and I will have to remember to save the wine club newsletter when I get the wine.

So how was it? Does it stand up to my very basic but highly rated review of their last vintage.

Color – Very clear pale yellow.

Nose – Green apple and fresh cut grass.

Taste – Apple and some melon (maybe honeydew?) not oaky at all.

Finish – Light texture added by the barrel but really not oaky at all. Low to medium acid.

Overall, this is a great Chardonnay. I drink this wine and think buy more! I definitely think it was better than last year. It is the perfect Chardonnay for those who like very little oak and want just a little bit of that butter texture. I am not a fan of over oaked buttery Chardonnay.

Rating: A

~Justin