Karlo Estate's 2010 Chardonnay CHOA

I've blogged about Karlo Estates a few times - I'm a huge fan of their wines and I also love how much they appreciate those who love their wine. Visiting their winery was such a fun experience and I have fallen hard for their port-style wine. And, of course, there's CHOA.

I first tried CHOA during my June visit to Prince Edward County. I was firmly entrenched in the idea that I don't like Chardonnay at that time - something I've since learned is just not the case. I love Chardonnay - as long as it's good Chardonnay.  And CHOA is most certainly good. It's also completely unlike any Chardonnay I've ever tried.

One of the reasons it's so unique is that it's fermented and aged in CHOA barrels for three months. What's a CHOA barrel, you ask? According to the Karlo Estates website, "CHOA are slow toast barrels made from mixed woods of Cherry, Hickory, Oak and Ash, all grown in Prince Edward County." It's these interesting barrels that help to account for the very special taste of this wine.

Both fruity and slightly nutty, CHOA is an unfiltered wine so it has a smoky look that is as unexpected as its flavour. It's not available at the LCBO, but you can purchase it through the Karlo Estates website. However, if you have the opportunity I'd highly recommend planning a visit to discover their other wines and enjoy one of the most beautiful and welcoming places in Prince Edward County.