This is the first in a series of North Carolina wine selections that are worthy of your interest and your income. Chatham Hill is a close neighbor of ours, located off I-40 in Morrisville. But many of their wines, including today's feature, are sourced from grapes grown in the Yadkin Valley, due west of Winston-Salem. Founded in 1999, Marek Wojciechowski is both owner and winemaker. I recently tasted a number of his efforts, including a 2009 Cabernet Franc that was supple and fine. Today's wine reinforces what good Chardonnay can be made here in our state.
2010 Chardonnay, Chatham Hill Winery $16 srp
Fragrant and round on the nose with good oak underpinning. Apple and pear notes dominate with a fresh, uplifting sensation. The mouthfeel is supple and clean with a smooth texture and excellent long finish. The relatively low alcohol content keeps this lithe. Perfect for grilled salmon, poultry or an eggplant/zucchini stir-fry. Drink now-2014.