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Corner 103

Corner 103
2016 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$40

Corner 103
2016 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Bright gold color. Aromas of warm crushed pineapple, grilled lime, and toasted pound cake with a round, soft, dryish medium body and a polished, medium-length baked apple, drawn butter, and grilled bread finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A toasty, dry Chardonnay gushing with buttery goodness.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: warm crushed pineapple, grilled lime, and toasted pound cake
Taste Flavor: baked apple, drawn butter, and grilled bread
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Lobster Roll, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A toasty, dry Chardonnay gushing with buttery goodness.

The Producer

Corner 103

The Producer
103 W. Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
USA
1 707-931-6141

Their Portfolio

85 Corner 103 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Valley 14.8% (USA) $25.00.
88 Corner 103 2012 Syrah, Sonoma Valley 14.1% (USA) $50.00.
84 Corner 103 2014 Grenache, Russian River Valley 15.1% (USA) $40.00.
95 Corner 103 2016 Grenache Blanc, Alexander Valley 14.2% (USA) $30.00.
85 Corner 103 2015 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
88 Corner 103 2014 Grenache, Russian River Valley 15.1% (USA) $40.00.
91 Corner 103 2014 Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
89 Corner 103 2016 Carignane, Redwood Valley 14.5% (USA) $40.00.
90 Corner 103 2017 Rose, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $25.00.
92 Corner 103 2016 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14.6% (USA) $50.00.
88 Corner 103 2016 Viognier, Sonoma Valley 13.1% (USA) $25.00.
92 Corner 103 2014 Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
87 Corner 103 2015 Vernaccia, Carneros 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
88 Corner 103 2016 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
93 Corner 103 2015 Malbec, Sonoma Valley 14.1% (USA) $50.00.
94 Corner 103 2016 Syrah, Sonoma Mountain 15.5% (USA) $50.00.
81 Corner 103 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Valley 14.8% (USA) $30.00.
86 Corner 103 2018 Rosé, Pinot Noir, North Coast 13.5% (USA) $25.00.
87 Corner 103 2017 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $50.00.
87 Corner 103 2017 Zinfandel, Sonoma Mountain 15.8% (USA) $50.00.
91 Corner 103 2016 Vino Rosso, North Coast 13.9% (USA) $45.00.
89 Corner 103 2018 Pinot Noir, Carneros, Sonoma 14.7% (USA) $50.00.
91 Corner 103 2017 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 13.2% (USA) $40.00.
85 Corner 103 2018 Chardonnay, Carneros, Sonoma 13.8% (USA) $40.00.
88 Corner 103 2018 Marsanne Roussane, Sonoma Coast 13.8% (USA) $30.00.
83 Corner 103 2017 Corner Cuvée Red Blend, Sonoma County 14.6% (USA) $50.00.

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.