Full Review

CK Mondavi

CK Mondavi
2017 Chardonnay, California

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.4% RS: .71%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$7

CK Mondavi
2017 Chardonnay, California

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.4% RS: .71%
Yellow straw color. Citrusy aromas of lemon custard, struck match, peach blossom, and lime zest with a soft, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, brisk minerals and wildflowers finish. A soft and mellow chardonnay with a springtime sensibility.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: lemon custard, struck match, peach blossom, and lime zest
Taste Flavor: minerals and wildflowers
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Satay, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A soft and mellow chardonnay with a springtime sensibility.

The Producer

C. Mondavi Family Vineyards

The Producer
572 Gateway Drive
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-967-2200

Their Portfolio

85 CK Mondavi 2014 Willow Springs, Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $6.99.
87 CK Mondavi 2015 Willow Springs, Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $6.99.
86 CK Mondavi 2015 Willow Springs, Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $6.99.
86 CK Mondavi 2015 Willow Springs, Moscato, California 10.1% (USA) $6.99.
87 CK Mondavi 2015 White Zinfandel Rosé, White Zinfandel, California 9.1% (USA) $6.99.
89 CK Mondavi 2014 Blonde Five White Blend, California 12.6% (USA) $6.99.
80 CK Mondavi 2015 Willow Springs, Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $6.99.
88 CK Mondavi 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $7.00.
88 CK Mondavi 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.6% (USA) $7.00.
82 CK Mondavi 2015 Merlot, California 13.6% (USA) $7.00.
87 CK Mondavi 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $7.00.
89 CK Mondavi 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $7.00.
86 CK Mondavi 2014 Scarlet Five Red Blend, California 13.6% (USA) $7.00.
84 CK Mondavi 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $7.00.
88 CK Mondavi 2015 Zinfandel, Lodi 13.9% (USA) $7.00.
84 CK Mondavi 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $6.99.
83 CK Mondavi 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $6.99.
83 CK Mondavi 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $7.00.
86 CK Mondavi 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $7.00.
85 CK Mondavi 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $7.00.
85 CK Mondavi 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $6.99.
83 CK Mondavi 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $6.99.
84 CK Mondavi 2017 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $6.99.
84 CK Mondavi 2016 Red Blend, California 13.6% (USA) $6.99.
85 CK Mondavi 2016 Merlot, California 13.6% (USA) $6.99.
85 CK Mondavi 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.6% (USA) $6.99.
84 CK Mondavi 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.4% (USA) $6.99.
81 CK Mondavi 2017 Pinot Grigio, California 12.9% (USA) $6.99.
84 CK Mondavi 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.6% (USA) $6.99.
91 The Divining Rod 2014 Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands 13.6% (USA) $14.99.

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.