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Four Vines

Four Vines
2016 Naked, Chardonnay, Central Coast

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .15%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$9.99

Four Vines
2016 Naked, Chardonnay, Central Coast

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .15%
Clear golden yellow color. Cheesy, citrusy, clean, creamy, floral aromas and flavors of heirloom apples, baked yellow apple pie, and thyme with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy finish with accents of ghee, pastry cream, and honeycomb with soft, silky tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A pure and natural chardonnay.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: heirloom apples, baked yellow apple pie, and thyme
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of ghee, pastry cream, and honeycomb
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Lobster Roll, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A pure and natural chardonnay.

The Producer

Purple Wine Company

The Producer
PO Box 390
Graton, CA 95444
USA
1 707-938-9229

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.