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Falkner

Falkner
2016 Chardonnay, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .06%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$29.95

Falkner
2016 Chardonnay, Temecula Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .06%
Medium golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of heirloom apple, mango lassi, golden raspberry, yuzu, cucumber salad, and maraschino liqueur with a velvety, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long finish with notes of almond creme, baking spices, bright meyer lemon, and pink peppercorns with light oak flavor. A delicious, nuanced Chardonnay; elegant.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, Juicy & Smooth, Rich & Full, Fruity, Crisp & Lively & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: heirloom apple, mango lassi, golden raspberry, yuzu, cucumber salad, and maraschino liqueur
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of almond creme, baking spices, bright meyer lemon, and pink peppercorns
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Dover Sole Almondine, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delicious, nuanced Chardonnay; elegant.

The Producer

Falkner Winery

The Producer
40620 Calle Contento
Temecula, CA 92591
USA
1 951-676-8231

Their Portfolio

89 Falkner 2015 Chardonnay, Temecula Valley 14.5% (USA) $24.95.
84 Falkner 2014 Vintner’s Reserve, Sangiovese, Temecula Valley 13.7% (USA) $59.95.
84 Falkner 2015 Irresistible Rosato, Temecula Valley 13.2% (USA) $16.95.
92 Falkner 2014 Meritage, Temecula Valley 14.4% (USA) $54.95.
94 Falkner 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 13.8% (USA) $39.95.
80 Falkner 2013 Luscious Lips Red, California 14.5% (USA) $17.95.
85 Falkner 2016 Luscious Lips White, California 12% (USA) $17.95.
81 Falkner 2016 Semi-Dry Irresistible Rosato, California 13.2% (USA) $17.95.
82 Falkner 2016 Risque Semi-Dry, Riesling, Temecula Valley 12.5% (USA) $21.95.
88 Falkner 2016 Chardonnay, Temecula Valley 14.5% (USA) $29.95.
96 Falkner 2014 Amante Super Tuscan Style Red Blend, Temecula Valley 13.5% (USA) $54.95.
90 Falkner 2015 Estate Grown Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley 15.5% (USA) $79.95.
88 Falkner 2015 Special Selection Meritage, California 13.5% (USA) $59.95.
90 Falkner 2015 Field Blend Port, South Coast 18% (USA) $39.95.
87 Falkner 2017 Luscious Lips White, California 12% (USA) $17.95.
90 Falkner 2017 Viognier, Temecula Valley 14.3% (USA) $29.95.
93 Falkner 2015 Syrah, California 15% (USA) $49.95.
86 Falkner 2015 Special Selection Meritage, California 13.5% (USA) $59.95.
84 Falkner 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13% (USA) $29.95.
87 Falkner 2017 Chardonnay, Temecula Valley 14.2% (USA) $34.95.
86 Falkner 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $26.95.
87 Falkner 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Temecula Valley 14.7% (USA) $26.95.
90 Falkner 2018 Viognier, Temecula Valley 14.9% (USA) $29.95.
88 Falkner 2016 Syrah, Temecula Valley 15.4% (USA) $44.95.

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.