Full Review

Black Willow Winery

Black Willow Winery
NV Chardonnay, New York State

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: <1%
80 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$14.95

Black Willow Winery
NV Chardonnay, New York State

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: <1%
Yellow straw color. Aromas of fallen lemon, overripe rhubarb, banana peel, and overripe squash with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, brisk half and half and curry finish with soft, fruit tannins. A funky quaffer for adventuresome days.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Non-Oaky & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: fallen lemon, overripe rhubarb, banana peel, and overripe squash
Taste Flavor: half and half and curry
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Tuna Salad Sandwich, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A funky quaffer for adventuresome days.

The Producer

Black Willow Winery

The Producer
5565 W Lake Rd
Burt, NY 14028
USA
1 716-439-1982

Their Portfolio

90 Black Willow Winery NV "Trilogy" Red, New York State 12% (USA) $14.95.
85 Black Willow Winery NV "Trilogy" White, New York State 12% (USA) $16.95.
85 Black Willow Winery NV "Classic Diamond", New York State 11% (USA) $12.95.
83 Black Willow Winery NV Chardonnay, New York State 12% (USA) $14.95.
87 Black Willow Winery NV Trilogy White Blend, New York State 12% (USA) $16.95.
85 Black Willow Winery NV Classic Diamond, New York State 11% (USA) $12.95.
92 Black Willow Winery Odin’s Nectar 12% (USA) $17.95.
87 Black Willow Winery Freyja’s Passion 12% (USA) $18.95.
88 Black Willow Winery Valkyrie’s Lure 12% (USA) $18.95.
86 Black Willow Winery NV Bare Cat Blush, Niagara Country 11% (USA) $10.95.
85 Black Willow Winery NV Black Widow Berry, New York State 11% (USA) $11.95.
84 Black Willow Winery NV Classic Diamond, New York State 11% (USA) $12.95.
85 Black Willow Winery NV Classic Diamond, New York State 11% (USA) $.00.
82 Black Willow Winery NV Chardonnay, New York State 12% (USA) $14.95.
86 Black Willow Winery 2015 Classic Diamond White Dessert Wine, New York State 11% (USA) $12.95.
81 Black Willow Winery NV Chardonnay, New York State 12% (USA) $14.95.
91 Black Willow Winery 2016 Trilogy Red Blend, New York State 12% (USA) $16.95.
89 Black Willow Winery NV Trilogy White Reserve, New York State 12% (USA) $16.95.
86 Black Willow Winery NV Trilogy Red, New York State 12% (USA) $16.95.
85 Black Willow Winery NV Off-Dry Bare Cat Blush, Niagara County 11% (USA) $10.95.
80 Black Willow Winery NV Chardonnay, New York State 12% (USA) $14.95.
86 Black Willow Winery 2016 Semi-Dry, Riesling, New York State 12% (USA) $15.95.
86 Black Willow Winery 2016 Classic White Blend, Diamond, New York State 12% (USA) $12.95.
90 Black Willow Winery 2017 Trilogy White Reserve, New York State 12% (USA) $16.95.
86 Black Willow Winery Odin’s Nectar 12% (USA) $18.95.
85 Black Willow Winery Valkyrie’s Lure 12% (USA) $18.95.
84 Black Willow Winery Freyja’s Passion 12% (USA) $18.95.

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.