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2Hawk

2Hawk
2016 Chardonnay, Rogue Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: .3%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$26

2Hawk
2016 Chardonnay, Rogue Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: .3%
Yellow straw color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spiced nuts, grilled pineapple, and paprika bbq rub with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, refreshing, medium-long finish displaying touches of papayas in cream and spiced apples puree with moderate oak flavor. A nice spicy Chardonnay that will be great with grilled fish and poultry.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity, Non-Oaky & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: spiced nuts, grilled pineapple, and paprika bbq rub
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with touches of papayas in cream and spiced apples puree
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Chicken with Mango-Papaya Relish, Grilled Langoustines, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice spicy Chardonnay that will be great with grilled fish and poultry.

The Producer

2 Hawk Winery & Vineyard

The Producer
2335 N Phoenix Rd
Medford, OR 97504
USA
1 541-779-9463

Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.