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Armstrong Valley Winery

Armstrong Valley Winery
2017 Estate Reserve, Chardonnay, Pennsylvania

Pair this wine with:
Beef Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$20

Armstrong Valley Winery
2017 Estate Reserve, Chardonnay, Pennsylvania

Pair this wine with:
Beef Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Yellow straw color. Aromas of mixed melon salad and frozen yogurt with a soft, fruity light body and a smooth, brisk lime cooler finish with no oak flavor. A juicy quaffer for outdoor fun; pinot grigio fans need apply.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Non-Oaky & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: mixed melon salad and frozen yogurt
Taste Flavor: lime cooler
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Hot Dog, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A juicy quaffer for outdoor fun; pinot grigio fans need apply.

The Producer

Armstrong Valley Vineyard & Winery

The Producer
212 Rutter Rd
Halifax, PA 17032
USA
1 717-896-7700

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.