Full Review

City Winery

City Winery
2016 Scopus Vineyard Reserve, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$28

City Winery
2016 Scopus Vineyard Reserve, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Pale straw color. Aromas of curaçao orange peels and cream of coconut with a satiny, prickly, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length Fuji apple, poached pears, and citrus confiture finish with coating tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A pure and fruity Chardonnay that takes a conservative approach to oak; pleasing and pairable.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: curaçao orange peels and cream of coconut
Taste Flavor: Fuji apple, poached pears, and citrus confiture
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Poached Scallops With Chorizo Butter, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A pure and fruity Chardonnay that takes a conservative approach to oak; pleasing and pairable.

The Producer

City Winery

The Producer
155 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013
USA
1 212-608-0555

Their Portfolio

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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.