2010 Port of Leonardtown Winery "1634" Chardonnay
When it comes to wine I am a "homer". That is, I strongly support the local teams and unabashedly so. So, it came with a great deal of anticipation and apprehension that I visited the Port of Leonardtown Winery a few weeks ago and bought a case of Vidal Blanc and a case of their premium Chardonnay, labeled "1634".
The anticipation was that I bought a case of the Vidal Blanc - I believe it to be far-and-away their best wine.
The apprehension was that my last sampling of the 2009 "1634" was deeply disappointing. It's razor sharp acidity made it nearly undrinkable.
I was hoping that for whatever reason: global warming, Federal Reserve policies, Kepler's harmonic theorem, sunspots, or whatever that the 2010 version of their premium chardonnay would be superior to the 2009 version.
I was not disappointed.
My impressions: Light wheat color in the glass. Subtle perfume of flowers and grass in front. Nicely balanced with the acidity only slightly over-taking the understated sugars. Medium bodied. Not a full-bodied monster like French Montrachet and also not overly buttery. A friendly companion for dining.
I enjoyed a bottle with a dinner of Pasta with Oysters and Mushrooms. It stood up very well to the challenging umami-intense offering.
$15ish at the winery
Updated on August 22, 2013 based on three subsequent tastings.