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Franciscan

Franciscan
2016 Chardonnay, Monterey County-Napa County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 0.2%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$14.99
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Franciscan
2016 Chardonnay, Monterey County-Napa County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 0.2%
Golden yellow color. Aromas of butter-drizzled nuts, toasted spice cake, mulling spices, and vanilla bean gelato with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and an interesting, long pumpkin loaf, sticky toffee pudding, mocha latte, cinnamon, nutmeg, and star anise finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, lengthy Chardonnay that balances vivid acidity and memorable toasty spices.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: butter-drizzled nuts, toasted spice cake, mulling spices, and vanilla bean gelato
Taste Flavor: pumpkin loaf, sticky toffee pudding, mocha latte, cinnamon, nutmeg, and star anise
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Coq Au Vin, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delicious, lengthy Chardonnay that balances vivid acidity and memorable toasty spices.

The Producer or Importer

Constellation Wines US

The Producer or  Importer
1255 Battery St. Ste. 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
1 888-659-7900

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.