Full Review

Cape May

Cape May
2017 Reserve, Chardonnay, New Jersey

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.8% RS: <1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$23

Cape May
2017 Reserve, Chardonnay, New Jersey

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.8% RS: <1%
Bright gold color. Sweet aromas of granny smith apple, sweet caramel, apricot mango chewy candies, and dried peach with a satiny, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length caramelized pineapple, salted lime, toasty bread pudding with rum sauce, and spiced baked apricot finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. Sweet aromas evoke autumn treats; this will be a surefire crowd pleaser.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, Spicy & Complex, Juicy & Smooth & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: granny smith apple, sweet caramel, apricot mango chewy candies, and dried peach
Taste Flavor: caramelized pineapple, salted lime, toasty bread pudding with rum sauce, and spiced baked apricot
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Pot Pie, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Sweet aromas evoke autumn treats; this will be a surefire crowd pleaser.

The Producer

Cape May Winery & Vineyard

The Producer
711 Townbank Rd
Cape May, NJ 08204
USA
1 609-884-1169

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.