Full Review

Gravelly Ford

Gravelly Ford
2018 Chardonnay, California

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended

Gravelly Ford
2018 Chardonnay, California

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Golden straw color. Aromas of pineapple jam, toasted marshmallow, tinned asparagus, and ginger with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy buttered bread and apple-cinnamon toaster pastry finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A simple California Chardonnay that hits the spot.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: pineapple jam, toasted marshmallow, tinned asparagus, and ginger
Taste Flavor: buttered bread and apple-cinnamon toaster pastry
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A simple California Chardonnay that hits the spot.

The Producer

O’Neill Vintners & Distillers

The Producer
101 Larkspur Landing Circle
Suite 350
Larkspur, CA 94939
USA
1 559-638-3544

Their Portfolio

90 Austerity 2017 Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco 14.5% (USA) $16.99.
88 Austerity 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $16.99.
BR Austerity 2017 Pinot Noir, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $16.99. - Bronze Medal
88 Austerity 2018 Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $.00.
87 Austerity 2017 Pinot Noir, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $.00.
90 Austerity 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $16.00.
90 Austerity 2018 Chardonnay, Arroyo Secco 13.5% (USA) $16.00.
88 Austerity 2017 Pinot Noir, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $16.00.
BR Black Cloud 2018 Barrel Reserve Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Buttercup 2019 Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $9.99. - Bronze Medal
85 Buttercup 2018 Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $12.00.
88 Buttercup 2019 Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $9.00.
87 Centerpiece 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
85 Cloud Break 2018 Winemaker’s Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.5% (USA) $10.99.
86 Cloud Break 2018 Barrel Reserve, Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
87 Cloud Break 2018 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
BR Cloud Break 2018 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Cloud Break 2019 Winemaker’s Reserve Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $8.99. - Bronze Medal
87 Cloud Break 2018 Barrel Reserve, Petite Sirah, California 13.5% (USA) $9.00.
BR Cloud Break 2018 Winemaker’s Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.5% (USA) $9.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Creamery 2018 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $.00.
BR Day Owl 2018 Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $14.99. - Bronze Medal
85 Day Owl 2019 Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $14.99.
87 Day Owl 2019 Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $14.00.
90 Exitus 2017 Bourbon-Barrel Aged Red Blend, California 15.9% (USA) $19.99.
87 Fireband 2018 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
86 Fireband 2017 Barrel Reserve, Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
87 Firebrand 2017 Barrel Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
85 Firebrand 2017 Barrel Reserve, Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
BR Firebrand 2017 Barrel Reserve Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Firebrand 2018 Reserve, Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $12.00.
87 Firebrand 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $9.00.
85 Gravelly Ford 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
87 Gravelly Ford 2017 Pinot Noir, California 13% (USA) $.00.
87 Harken 2018 Barrel-Fermented, Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
88 Harken 2018 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $.00.
91 Harken 2019 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $14.00.
88 Harken 2019 Barrel-Fermented, Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $14.00.
92 Intercept 2018 Chardonnay, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $.00.
92 Intercept 2017 Pinot Noir, Monterey County 15% (USA) $.00.
92 Intercept 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 15% (USA) $19.00.
91 Intercept 2017 Red Blend, Paso Robles 15.7% (USA) $19.00.
89 Intercept 2017 Pinot Noir, Monterey County 15% (USA) $19.00.
89 Intercept 2018 Pinot Noir, Monterey County 15% (USA) $19.00.
85 Intercept 2018 Chardonnay, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $19.00.
89 Intercept 2019 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $19.00.
89 Line 39 2017 Pinot Noir, California 14.5% (USA) $10.99.
BR Line 39 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.75% (USA) $10.99. - Bronze Medal
86 Line 39 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99.
88 Line 39 2017 Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $10.99.
85 Line 39 2018 Pinot Grigio, California 12% (USA) $10.99.
BR Line 39 2016 Excursion Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Line 39 2017 Merlot, California 14.5% (USA) $10.99. - Bronze Medal
90 Line 39 2018 Petite Sirah, California 14.5% (USA) $10.99.
86 Line 39 2017 Merlot, California 14.5% (USA) $10.99.
86 Line 39 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99.
BR Line 39 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99. - Bronze Medal
86 Line 39 2019 Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $10.99.
88 Line 39 2018 Petite Sirah, California 14.5% (USA) $10.00.
85 Line 39 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $10.00.
86 Line 39 2018 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $10.00.
86 Line 39 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $10.00.
89 Line 39 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $10.00.
BR Line 39 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $10.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Line 39 2018 Pinot Grigio, California 13% (USA) $10.00.
87 Line 39 2018 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $10.00.
85 Line 39 2019 Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $10.00.
BR Magna Terra 2018 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $.00. - Bronze Medal
91 Robert Hall 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
90 Robert Hall 2017 Chardonnay, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $12.99.
91 Robert Hall 2016 Artisan Collection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
89 Robert Hall 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
89 Robert Hall 2016 Merlot, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
85 Root Cause 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
86 Root Cause 2017 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $.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.