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Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate
2015 Reserve, Chardonnay, North Carolina

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$18.99
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Biltmore Estate
2015 Reserve, Chardonnay, North Carolina

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
Straw green color. Toasty, creamy aromas and flavors of toasted meringue, spicy apple pie, pineapple marmalade, and roasted nuts with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long orange, white toffee, creme brulee, and sweet and peppery spices finish with a suggestion of oak. A delicious, juicy chardonnay with great flavor and light creamy oak.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: toasted meringue, spicy apple pie, pineapple marmalade, and roasted nuts
Taste Flavor: orange, white toffee, creme brulee, and sweet and peppery spices
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Pot Pie, Sautéed Branzino, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delicious, juicy chardonnay with great flavor and light creamy oak.
The Producer

Biltmore Estate Wine Co.

The Producer
One Approach Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
USA
1 828-225-6280
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.
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