Virginia Chardonnay Scores Big
Faber, VA â€“ DelFosse Vineyards Chardonnay 2005 Reserve Chardonnay earned a score of 93 and finished 2nd overall in a national tasting dominated by California estates including Cosentino, Grgich, Rodney Strong and Oâ€™Brien. The Beverage Testing Instituteâ€™s (BTI) 2007 World Wine Championships judged the Chardonnay as â€œexceptionalâ€ awarding it a score of 93.
â€œThis is the finest example we have seen of Virginia Chardonnay,â€ said BTI Director Jerald Oâ€™Kennard. â€œIt shows the region is an area that deserves attention from connoisseurs and consumersâ€. The DelFosse Reserve Chardonnay score of 93 is the highest ever recorded for a Virginia wine and the second highest Chardonnay score of the nearly one thousand wines evaluated in the last four years according to BTIâ€™s extensive tasting database.
The 2005 DelFosse Reserve Chardonnay benefits from 11 months of aging in French oak barrels. This rich estate grown wine features nice toast aromas with nutty vanilla and a touch of baked apple. Great balance and structure provides nice length and a memorable finish.
Claude DelFosse, Founder of DelFosse Vineyard and Winery said, â€œI am thrilled to see Virginia receiving accolades as a leading wine region. Working a stoneâ€™s throw from the home of â€˜the father of American wineâ€™, Thomas Jefferson, all of us at DelFosse are dedicated to grow world class wines right here in Nelson Countyâ€.
DelFosse Winery is nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Faber, Virginia. With nearly 20 acres of terraced vineyards on the estate, DelFosse Vineyards and Winery is one of the most picturesque sites in the Monticello AVA. The winery and tasting room are open for visitors and tastings Wednesday â€“ Sunday 11 a.m. â€“ 5 p.m. For more information visit their website www.delfossewine.com or call 434-293-6100.
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BTI tasting notes regarding the 2005 DelFosse Reserve Chardonnay are available online at: http://www.tastings.com/search_wine.lasso?se=k&kw=chardonnay&sb=All&sf=ScoreForSort&dt=208