Wine Find | 2012 Biltmore Reserve Chardonnay

From: North Carolina

Price: $15

Serve with: Salmon, lobster, ham

North Carolina's famed Biltmore Estate is now offering wines from California as well as from its home state. I recently tasted three Biltmore Reserve wines. All were good but the most impressive and best value was the one from the Tarheel State. This is a very vibrant chardonnay with good acidity and nuanced oak. Its classic citrus-apple chardonnay flavors were seasoned with some distinctly Eastern U.S. characteristics – a touch of banana and wet hay. When held in check, as they are in this wine, these can add to the complexity of the wine. Availability is limited, but readers should know North Carolina is a wine state to watch.

---Michael Dresser

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