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90 • Barboursville 2008 Reserve, Viognier, Virginia $22.
Golden straw color. Bright aromas of dried citrus and peach custard follow through on a round silky entry to a dryish medium body with good depth and great balance and grassy, orangy, soft fruit tannin finish. A delicious, and evolving viognier. (tasted on Jan-21-2010)
89 • Narmada Winery 2008 Narmada Vineyard, "Mom", Chardonel, Virginia $19.
Mild pineapple and lemon curd aromas follow through on a round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with very good depth and tangy acidity. Finishes with a crisp, honeyed nut accented fade. A stylish, tasty and well balanced wine. (tasted on Jan-21-2010)
88 • Barboursville 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Virginia $14. Best Buy.
Pale silvery straw color. Bright aromas of honeyed grapefruit, pepper and sweetgrass follow through on a supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with nice tangy fruit and a crisp, mouthwatering finish. A tasty, spot-on varietally correct sauvignon blanc. (tasted on Jan-21-2010)
86 • Rogers Ford 2008 "First Frost", Vidal Blanc, Virginia $20.
Golden color. Sweet aromas of lychee, pear, and mango follow through on a round, satiny entry to a fruity sweet, glycerous medium-full body with orange blossom honey, nut, and delicate spice on the gingery finish. A nice off-dry, bordering on dessert wine. (tasted on Jan-21-2010)
85 • Rogers Ford 2008 "Jacob Christopher" , Chardonnay, Virginia $16.
Aromas of nougat, buttercream and tropical fruit creme brulee follow on a round, voluptuous entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with a flourish of tropical fruit taffy notes an a crisp, spicy poached apple, roasted nut and pepper accented fade. A tasty, crowd pleaser. (tasted on Jan-21-2010)
85 • Potomac Point Winery 2008 Chardonnay, Virginia $16.99.
Golden yellow color. Aromas of citrus and nut oils follow through on a supple entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with tart, green pineapple and green apple skin notes. Finishes with a brisk, tart, slightly overripe fade. (tasted on Jan-21-2010)
84 • Keswick Vineyards 2008 Estate Reserve, Chardonnay, Monticello $22.
Yellow straw color. Aromas of smoked nuts, coffee beans, and mild baked apple follow through on a very soft, slightly flabby entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with grilled pineapple and praline notes. Finishes with a tart apple and powdery tannin fade. A bit heavy on the oak and shy on the acidity, but a pleasant sipper for fans of oaky chardonnay. (tasted on Jan-21-2010)
84 • Democracy Vineyards 2008 Reserve, "Declaration", Monticello $15.
Pale silvery straw color. Faint, slightly smoky aromas of nutshells and overripe citrus follow through on a round, crisp entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with tart honeyed lime peel notes on the brisk, chalky oyster shell accented finish. A dry, racy oyster wine. (tasted on Jan-21-2010)
84 • Rogers Ford 2008 Viognier, Virginia $16.
Straw green color. Toasty caramel rice cake and peach tart aromas follow through on a round, supple entry to a dryish medium body with a dried pineapple and a hint of sulfury poached egg. Finishes with a crisp, brisk fade. Interesting rustic character; try with frittatas. (tasted on Jan-21-2010)
83 • Rogers Ford 2007 Vidal Blanc, Virginia $15.|Find-a-Wine|
Golden yellow color. Aromas of caramelized almonds, dried honey, and baked pineapple follow through on a soft, supple entry to a dryish medium body with dried tropical fruit, frosted shredded wheat, and faint cider vinegar notes. Finishes with a tangy, spicy, slightly papery oxidized fade. (tasted on Jan-21-2010)