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90+ Cellars

90+ Cellars
2017 Reserve, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: <1%
Organically Grown Grapes
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$15.99
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90+ Cellars
2017 Reserve, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: <1%
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of charred toast, vanilla bean, peach mostarda, nougat, and tropical green tea with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long vanilla gelato, grilled pineapple, candied almond, white pepper, and butterscotch budino finish with moderate oak. A tasty chardonnay with a great balance of creamy, toasty oak and zippy acidity.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, Juicy & Smooth & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: charred toast, vanilla bean, peach mostarda, nougat, and tropical green tea
Taste Flavor: vanilla gelato, grilled pineapple, candied almond, white pepper, and butterscotch budino
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Aged Gruyere Mac and Cheese, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A tasty chardonnay with a great balance of creamy, toasty oak and zippy acidity.

The Producer

90+ Cellars - Latitude Beverage Co.

The Producer
20 Guest Street, Suite 105
Brighton, MA 02135
USA
1 857-576-6035

Their Portfolio

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91 90+ Cellars 2015 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $17.99.
90 90+ Cellars 2014 French Fusion Red, Languedoc AOP 13% (France) $11.99.
89 90+ Cellars 2015 French Fusion White, Languedoc AOP 13.5% (France) $11.99.
90 90+ Cellars 2015 Lot 94 Collector Series, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley 14.2% (USA) $24.99.
87 90+ Cellars 2016 Lot 134, Italy 5.5% (Italy) $11.99.
80 90+ Cellars NV Lot 49 Vino Spumante Rose, Italy 12% (Italy) $11.99.
87 90+ Cellars 2012 Lot 128 Gran Vino, Navarra 14.5% (Spain) $11.99.
89 90+ Cellars 2015 Lot 64, Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County 14.1% (USA) $11.99.
91 90+ Cellars 2013 Lot 26 Collector Series, Barolo 14% (Italy) $34.99.
89 90+ Cellars 2015 Lot 60 Reserve Series, Langhe Rosso 14% (Italy) $15.99.
92 90+ Cellars 2015 Lot 27 Reserve Series, Barbera d’Alba Superiore 14.5% (Italy) $16.99.
91 90+ Cellars 2016 Lot 122, Chardonnay, Mendocino 14.2% (USA) $11.99.
86 90+ Cellars NV Lot 50, Prosecco 11% (Italy) $11.99.
83 90+ Cellars NV Lot 49 Sparkling Rosé, Italy 12% (Italy) $11.99.
89 90+ Cellars 2016 Lot 134, Moscato d’Asti DOCG 6.5% (Italy) $11.99.
91 90+ Cellars 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 12.5% (New Zealand) $11.99.
89 90+ Cellars 2016 Collectors Series, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $27.99.
93 90+ Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills 14.5% (USA) $13.99.
88 90+ Cellars 2016 Merlot, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $13.99.
92 90+ Cellars 2016 Reserve Series, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14.5% (USA) $22.99.
93 90+ Cellars 2016 Old Vine, Malbec, Luján de Cuyo 14.2% (Argentina) $11.99.
84 90+ Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza 13.5% (Argentina) $11.99.
83 90+ Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.99.
89 90+ Cellars 2014 Riserva, Sangiovese, Chianti DOCG 13% (Italy) $11.99.
88 90+ Cellars 2014 Grand Vino Red Blend, Navarra 14.5% (Spain) $11.99.
90 90+ Cellars 2016 Red, Languedoc AOP 13.5% (France) $11.99.
89 90+ Cellars NV Prosecco DOC 11% (Italy) $14.99.
87 90+ Cellars 2016 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.6% (USA) $17.99.
92 90+ Cellars 2017 Reserve, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $15.99.
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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.