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Auburn Road

Auburn Road
2016 The White Bottle, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Pasta Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: .2%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$18

Auburn Road
2016 The White Bottle, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Pasta Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: .2%
Straw green color. Aromas of fallen white peach, kelp, rocky shoreline, and caramel buttercream with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length crisp green apple, fresh celery, and white pepper finish. A distinctive chardonnay for creative pairings.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity & Funky
Aroma Aroma: fallen white peach, kelp, rocky shoreline, and caramel buttercream
Taste Flavor: crisp green apple, fresh celery, and white pepper
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Espresso Crusted Tuna Steak, Seafood Lasagna, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A distinctive chardonnay for creative pairings.

The Producer

Auburn Road Vineyards

The Producer
117 Sharptown-Auburn Rd
Pilesgrove, NJ 08098
USA
1 856-769-9463

Their Portfolio

82 Auburn Road 2007 Classico, Outer Coastal Plain (USA) $60.00.
85 Auburn Road 2013 Classico, Outer Coastal Plain 13.5% (USA) $20.00.
86 Auburn Road 2014 Gaia, Outer Coastal Plain 12.6% (USA) $23.00.
86 Auburn Road 2013 Eidolon "Coeur d’Est", Outer Coastal Plain 13% (USA) $23.00.
91 Auburn Road NV American Red "Winemaker’s Blend" 12.5% (USA) $15.00.
88 Auburn Road 2014 Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
90 Auburn Road 2015 Gaia, Outer Coastal Plain 13.9% (USA) $23.00.
84 Auburn Road 2016 The White Bottle, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 14% (USA) $18.00.
90 Auburn Road 2014 Eidolon Coeur d’Est, Outer Coastal Plain 13.4% (USA) $20.00.
87 Auburn Road 2016 Dry Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 13.6% (USA) $18.00.
90 Auburn Road 2015 Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 13.9% (USA) $.00.
86 Auburn Road 2017 Pinot Grigio, Outer Coastal Plain 13% (USA) $16.00.
89 Auburn Road 2017 Solé, Vidal Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain 12.6% (USA) $14.00.
88 Auburn Road 2017 Dry Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 12.7% (USA) $18.00.
86 Auburn Road 2017 Rosalita Off-Dry Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 13.5% (USA) $13.00.
80 Auburn Road 2016 The White Bottle, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 14% (USA) $18.00.
88 Auburn Road 2016 Good Karma Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain 12.5% (USA) $15.00.
91 Auburn Road 2015 Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
90 Auburn Road 2015 Gaia Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain 13.9% (USA) $19.00.
87 Auburn Road 2014 Classico Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain 12.8% (USA) $16.00.
86 Auburn Road 2014 Eidolon Coeur d’Est, Outer Coastal Plain 13.4% (USA) $19.00.
86 Auburn Road NV Apple Wine, New Jersey 12.7% (USA) $13.00.
88 Auburn Road NV Give Peach A Chance Peach Wine, New Jersey 12.6% (USA) $12.00.
90 The White Bottle 2015 Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 13% (USA) $20.00.

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.