Full Review

Aviary Vineyards

Aviary Vineyards
2016 Chardonnay, California

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7% RS: <1%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$16.99

Aviary Vineyards
2016 Chardonnay, California

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7% RS: <1%
Yellow straw color. Nutty aromas of toasted almond, marzipan, vanilla bean, and banana pastry with a bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant pineapple upside down cake, fondant, and white pepper finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruity chardonnay with a touch of sweetness.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: toasted almond, marzipan, vanilla bean, and banana pastry
Taste Flavor: pineapple upside down cake, fondant, and white pepper
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fruity chardonnay with a touch of sweetness.

The Producer

Folktale Wine Group

The Producer
8940 Carmel Valley Road
Carmel, CA 93923
USA
1 831-293-7514

Their Portfolio

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85 Alias 2015 Merlot, California 13.7% (USA) $10.99.
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86 Alias 2016 Pinot Noir, California 13.7% (USA) $10.99.
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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.