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Fox Hollow Vineyards

Fox Hollow Vineyards
2016 Barrel Aged Reserve, Chardonnay, New Jersey

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$35

Fox Hollow Vineyards
2016 Barrel Aged Reserve, Chardonnay, New Jersey

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Straw green color. Aromas of apple-cinnamon yogurt, milky way bar, lanolin, and white chocolate mocha with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, appealing, medium-long dried apricot, lapsang suchong, grilled pineapple, and roasted nuts finish with coating tannins and no oak. A coating, smoky Chardonnay that could be quite nice with chicken sausages.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, Spicy & Complex & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: apple-cinnamon yogurt, milky way bar, lanolin, and white chocolate mocha
Taste Flavor: dried apricot, lapsang suchong, grilled pineapple, and roasted nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A coating, smoky Chardonnay that could be quite nice with chicken sausages.

The Producer

Fox Hollow Vineyards

The Producer
939 Holmdel Road
Holmdel, NJ 07733
USA
1 732-7720330

Their Portfolio

84 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2016 Barrel Aged Reserve, Chardonnay, New Jersey 14% (USA) $35.00.
87 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2016 Petite Belle White, New Jersey 13.65% (USA) $20.00.
94 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 Autumn Harvest "Dessert Wine", New Jersey 15.7% (USA) $35.00.
88 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Derby White Blend, New Jersey 11.65% (USA) $28.00.
85 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 The Huntsman Red Blend, New Jersey 14.3% (USA) $40.00.
88 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc, New Jersey 16.4% (USA) $28.00.
88 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, New Jersey 15.3% (USA) $32.00.
83 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Deco Rosé, New Jersey 13% (USA) $28.00.
85 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Charleston Rosé, New Jersey 14.25% (USA) $28.00.
84 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Halcyon Days Rosé, New Jersey 13% (USA) $28.00.
87 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Pink Flamingo Rosé, New Jersey 14.25% (USA) $22.00.
87 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Bee’s Knees Rosé, New Jersey 15.3% (USA) $28.00.
85 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2018 Pink Flamingo Rosé, New Jersey 12.5% (USA) $22.00.
89 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Riesling, New Jersey 14% (USA) $20.00.
87 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2016 Barrel Aged, Chardonnay, New Jersey 14% (USA) $25.00.
92 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2014 Field Master Red Blend, New Jersey 13.15% (USA) $40.00.
93 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc, New Jersey 16.4% (USA) $32.00.
91 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, New Jersey 12.7% (USA) $32.00.
90 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2017 Derby White Muscat, New Jersey 11.65% (USA) $28.00.
90 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 The Huntsman Red Blend, New Jersey 14.3% (USA) $40.00.
90 Fox Hollow Vineyards 2018 Reserve, Petit Manseng, New Jersey 13.5% (USA) $28.00.

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.