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2017 Sunset Hills Shenandoah Springs Chardonnay - EXCEPTIONAL*** - WP

wplogo"We will be seeing more Virginia wines made from grapes grown in the Shenandoah Valley, as wineries plant new vineyards there to meet the state’s demand. Here’s a lovely chardonnay from Sunset Hills, one of Loudoun County’s leading wineries, from Shenandoah grapes.

Wow — almost every Virginia winery makes chardonnay, if only because they feel customers will demand it. A few are making exceptional chardonnay. I’d add Sunset Hills to that list based on this wine. It features lovely flavors of ripe peach and apricot, buttressed by a hint of oak. This is beautifully aromatic, textured and long. There is a hint of bitterness on the finish some might find distracting, but it evens out with food. Don’t serve this too cold, and use your larger red wine glasses to give the aromas room to flourish. This wine is a club members’ special at the winery in Purcellville, in Loudoun County. Alcohol by volume: 12.5 percent. - Dave McIntyre"
- Washington Post (February 2020), EXCEPTIONAL - three Stars ***