A virtual wine tasting is held when participants around the state–and even world, share their thoughts of a particular wine. It works something like this; various individuals open a particular bottle of wine, for example, Kramer Vineyards 2009 Chardonnay. The participants must open and taste their bottles of 2009 Chardonnay in parallel with the winemaker and winery hosts, who will be using online software to connect with the group. After tasting through and learning about the wines, you can post your tasting notes on an online forum, through social media, or on your own blog or website.
Julia Crowley of WineJulia.com and the Eugene Daily News recently participated in a Kramer Vineyards virtual Chardonnay tasting. They tasted through the Kramer Vineyards 2009 Cellar Door Club Reserve Chardonnay, 2011 Chardonnay Estate and 2012 Chardonnay Estate. Below are a few highlights from Crowley’s tasting notes.
Each of the three Chardonnays were unique thumbprints of the weather patterns of their harvested years – showcasing excellent varietal characteristics special to their vintage, terroir and Kim’s impressive winemaking style.
Kramer Vineyards 2009 Cellar Door Club Reserve ($20) offered rich and beautiful aromas of pears, apples, pineapple. On the palate, that richness was matched with a lovely, velvety texture that finished with the perfect amount of acidity to round out the rich fruit flavors to ideal precision.
Kramer Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay Estate ($18) displayed alluring tropical aromas and flavors of Key limes, mangoes, orange blossom and pineapple topped off with hints of mouthwatering white pepper. Super refreshing and crisp on the palate, I loved the solid acidic backbone that rounded out all of the components in excellent harmony.
Kramer Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay Estate ($20) was like tropical paradise in a bottle, I had visions of sandy beaches and swaying palms. Star fruit, pear, coconut, pineapple, grapefruit, limes and peaches all take over the senses, but aren’t overpowering – giving it elegance and delicateness. Seamless, soothing waves of fruit balanced by awakening (but not jolting) acidity gave it a really smooth, fluid and tranquil quality that I absolutely loved. I just wanted to be on a beach somewhere.
-Julia Crowley, virtual tasting participant
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