After tasting and writing about the Chamard Vineyards Estate Chardonnay recently (see my earlier post), I was curious to see if I could go two for two from Connecticut. The second bottle from Chamard, Stone Cold White, is an unoaked Chardonnay. Both my wife and I are big fans of this style, so I was eager to open. Surprisingly, I was first introduced to this style of Chardonnay in Virginia, and immediately fell in love. Contrast to the oaky, buttery style, non-malolactic or naked Chardonnays produce a crisp, steely, fruit-forward wine.
The wine retails for $14.99 and is available for purchase online. On the nose, I picked up nice tropical fruit notes, lemon, and pear. In the mouth, explosive citrus and almonds. A very crisp, clean, acidic Chardonnay. Again, I’d have a difficult time picking this particular wine from a lineup of white Burgundy. A beautiful wine for sipping on the patio, especially as the temps begin to warm.
Once again, I’m pleasantly surprised. A state I guarantee that is not on many peoples’ wine radar, but one that exhibits great potential. I encourage those in the area to drink local, and for those outside of the state, to visit and see why Connecticut has a bright future!
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