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Blakeslee Vineyard Estate

Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2013 Reserve, Chardonnay, Chehalem Mountains

Pair this wine with:
Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$45

Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2013 Reserve, Chardonnay, Chehalem Mountains

Pair this wine with:
Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Bright medium yellow straw color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted pineapple and coconuts and buttery caramel apples with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length vanilla cream, spiced nut brittle, honeyed lemon and green apples, and minerals finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A wonderful marriage of fruit and spicy oak.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy, smooth & spicy & complex
Aroma Aroma: roasted pineapple and coconuts and buttery caramel apples
Taste Flavor: vanilla cream, spiced nut brittle, honeyed lemon and green apples, and minerals
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Lobster Thermador, Roast Turkey, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A wonderful marriage of fruit and spicy oak.

The Producer

Blakeslee Vineyard Estate, Inc.

The Producer
20875 SW Chapman Rd
Sherwood, OR 97140
USA
1 503- 625-6902

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.