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Screen Shot 2014-11-09 at 2.23.25 PMA lot of wineries in Virginia offer unique experiences that you can take part in to learn about the winery process. You can do anything from just being a basic wine club member to being a barrel sponsor. First Colony Winery in Charlottesville, Virginia offers you the opportunity to adopt-a-vine. For $250 you get benefits from a personalized plaque on your row to complimentary tastings for 2 every time you visit.

I would encourage anyone who lives near a vineyard to find one that you really enjoy with staff you really enjoy and invest in learning about the production of wine. I would considering doing this but Charlottesville is a little bit of a hike for me. This brings us to their 2012 First Colony Winery Estate Reserve Chardonnay.

Here are the tasting notes from their website:

Aromas of coconut, Macadamia nut, pear, and golden apple lead to additional notes of pear and toast on the palate. Pairs well with butter and cream sauces, roasted chicken, and heavier poultry and seafood dishes. Made entirely from grapes grown on the vineyards at First Colony.

Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Aging: 45% Neutral American Oak, 30% Neutral French Oak, 25% New American Oak, 9 months
Cases Produced: 219
Alcohol: 12.9% AbV

So how was it? Should you go adopt-a-vine of Chardonnay?

Color – Golden yellow.

Nose – Classic Apple and Pear that you get from a Chardonnay.

Taste – Apple and a little bit of the toasted oak.

Finish – Crisp with a slight buttery mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a little more oaky then most of the Virginia Chardonnays that I have reviewed on this site. But I can tell you it is still very good. It is that right balance between your oaky buttery Chardonnays from California and your almost no to neutral oak Chardonnays I have reviewed before. I still recommend.

Rating: A-

~Justin