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Forchini

Forchini
2016 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .03%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$24

Forchini
2016 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .03%
Straw color. Fruity, tropical aromas of crushed pineapple, allspice, lime peel, and diced apples with a creamy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, amusing, medium-long green papaya and almond creme finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fresh and persistent dry chardonnay.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: crushed pineapple, allspice, lime peel, and diced apples
Taste Flavor: green papaya and almond creme
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fresh and persistent dry chardonnay.

The Producer

Forchini Vineyards & Winery

The Producer
5141 Dry Creek Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448
USA
1 707-431-8886

Their Portfolio

93 Forchini 2014 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 15.2% (USA) $30.00.
89 Forchini 2013 Proprietor’s Reserve, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $36.00.
89 Forchini 2013 Proprietor’s Reserve Estate Grown & Bottled, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley 14.3% (USA) $36.00.
92 Forchini 2013 BeauSierra Bordeaux Blend Estate Grown & Bottled, Dry Creek Valley 14.1% (USA) $30.00.
88 Forchini 2014 BeauSierra Bordeaux Blend Estate Grown, Dry Creek Valley 14% (USA) $28.00.
93 Forchini 2014 Proprietor’s Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley 14% (USA) $36.00.
90 Forchini 2016 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
93 Forchini 2015 Estate Grown & Bottled Proprietor Reserve Old Vine , Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 15% (USA) $28.00.
89 Forchini 2014 Proprietor’s Reserve Estate Grown, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $36.00.
91 Forchini 2017 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Sonoma County-Russian River Valley 13.8% (USA) $24.00.
91 Forchini 2016 Old Vine Proprietor’s Reserve, Zinfandel, Sonoma County-Dry Creek Valley 15.3% (USA) $30.00.
93 Forchini 2015 Proprietor’s Reserve Estate Grown, Pinot Noir, Sonoma County-Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $32.00.
93 Forchini 2016 Proprietor’s Reserve Estate Grown, Pinot Noir, Sonoma County-Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $32.00.
96 Forchini 2015 Proprietor’s Reserve Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley 14.3% (USA) $34.00.

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.