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Carneros Highway

Carneros Highway
2015 "Nueva", Chardonnay, Carneros

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .05%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$19.50

Carneros Highway
2015 "Nueva", Chardonnay, Carneros

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .05%
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized pineapple and nuts with molasses with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a silky, stimulating, medium-long finish that shows notes of apple custard, lemon sorbet, and nougat with light oak flavor. A nicely balanced chardonnay.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: caramelized pineapple and nuts with molasses
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of apple custard, lemon sorbet, and nougat
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Casserole, Sautéed Fresh Chilean Sea Bass, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nicely balanced chardonnay.

The Producer

Highway 12 Winery

The Producer
21481 8th St. E., #3
Sonoma, CA 95476
USA
1 707-939-1012

Their Portfolio

86 Anthony/Koster 2016 Barrel Select, Chardonnay, California 13.9% (USA) $9.99.
88 Anthony/Koster 2014 Barrel Select, Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.9% (USA) $9.99.
88 Carneros Highway 2015 "Nueva", Chardonnay, Carneros 13.5% (USA) $19.50.
89 Carneros Highway 2015 "Nueva", Chardonnay, Carneros 13.5% (USA) $19.50.
86 Carneros Highway 2016 Nueva, Chardonnay, Los Carneros 13.5% (USA) $19.50.
92 Highway 12 2014 Serres Ranch Single Vineyard, Sonoma Valley 13.9% (USA) $28.00.
87 Highway 12 2015 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $19.50.
89 Highway 12 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $14.99.
93 Highway 12 2015 Sonoma Red Blend, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $18.99.
90 Highway 12 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.9% (USA) $18.99.
88 Highway 12 2015 Merlot, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $24.00.
84 Highway 12 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $15.50.
83 Highway 12 2017 Rosé, Pinot Noir, North Coast 13.5% (USA) $19.50.
88 Highway 12 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $14.99.
87 Highway 12 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
87 Highway 12 2018 Rosé, Pinot Noir, North Coast 13.5% (USA) $.00.
90 Highwayman 2013 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $38.00.
93 Highwayman 2014 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $38.00.
90 Highwayman 2013 "Trailblazer" Red Wine, Sonoma County 15.3% (USA) $42.00.
91 Highwayman 2013 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $42.00.
89 Highwayman 2013 Proprietary Red Reserve, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $48.00.
90 Highwayman 2014 Proprietary Red Reserve, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $48.00.
92 Highwayman 2014 Trailblazer Reserve, Zinfandel, Sonoma County 15.3% (USA) $42.00.
91 Highwayman 2014 Proprietary Red Blend Reserve, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $48.00.
84 Highwayman 2015 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $55.00.
90 Highwayman 2016 Trailblazer Red Blend, Sonoma County 14.8% (USA) $42.00.
89 Wine Roads 2014 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
90 Wine Roads 2014 Proprietary Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.

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.