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Casa Larga

Casa Larga
2016 Vineyard Hill, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.5% RS: 1%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$9.99
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Casa Larga
2016 Vineyard Hill, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.5% RS: 1%
Straw color. Fruity, floral, pure aromas and flavors of spiced apples and pineapples and apple blossoms with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-long finish manifesting nuances of honeyed green apple, pear, and melon, nougat, minerals, and floral water with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. An exceptionally pure, unpretentious, and well-balanced Chardonnay with great varietal character.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity & Savory
Aroma Aroma: spiced apples and pineapples and apple blossoms
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of honeyed green apple, pear, and melon, nougat, minerals, and floral water
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own
Recipes Pairing: Dover Sole Almondine, Grilled Chicken Breast, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An exceptionally pure, unpretentious, and well-balanced Chardonnay with great varietal character.

The Producer

Casa Larga Vineyards

The Producer
2287 Turk Hill Rd.
Fairport, NY 14450
USA
1 585-223-4210

Their Portfolio

87 Casa Larga 2015 Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $13.99.
87 Casa Larga 2015 Medium Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $13.99.
85 Casa Larga 2015 Microclimate, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $24.99.
89 Casa Larga 2014 American Oak Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes 13% (USA) $17.99.
90 Casa Larga 2014 French Oak Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes 13% (USA) $19.99.
89 Casa Larga 2014 Hungarian Oak Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes 13% (USA) $18.99.
88 Casa Larga NV CLV, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $13.99.
91 Casa Larga 2016 Vineyard Hill, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $9.99.
91 Casa Larga 2016 Rose, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $12.99.
84 Casa Larga 2014 Pinot Noir, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $16.99.
91 Casa Larga 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $14.99.
92 Casa Larga 2013 Fiori Delle Stelle Estate Grown Ice Wine, Vidal Blanc, Finger Lakes 11.8% (USA) $43.99.
81 Casa Larga NV Cab-Merlot, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $13.99.
92 Casa Larga NV Meritage, Finger Lakes 13% (USA) $23.99.
88 Casa Larga 2016 Chardonnay-Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $13.99.
83 Casa Larga NV Pallido White Blend, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $9.99.
88 Casa Larga 2015 Medium-Dry, Gewurztraminer, Finger Lakes 11% (USA) $16.99.
90 Casa Larga 2016 Vineyard Hill, Riesling, Finger Lakes 10.5% (USA) $11.99.
86 Casa Larga 2016 Medium-Dry, Vidal Blanc, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $13.99.
88 Casa Larga NV Tramonto Red Blend, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $10.99.
84 Casa Larga 2015 Fiori Delle Stelle Estate Grown Ice Wine, Vidal Blanc, Finger Lakes 12.1% (USA) $47.99.
85 Casa Larga 2016 Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $14.99.
88 Casa Larga 2016 Medium Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $13.99.

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.