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Frey

Frey
2015 Spin, Chardonnay, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Certified Organic
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$15.00
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Frey
2015 Spin, Chardonnay, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Bright golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of cedar pencil shavings, lemon taffy, and spiced pineapple with a soft, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length vanilla cream, nougat, apple sauce, and sea spray finish with soft, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A charming fruity, lightly creamy chardonnay that is a pleasure to drink.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: cedar pencil shavings, lemon taffy, and spiced pineapple
Taste Flavor: vanilla cream, nougat, apple sauce, and sea spray
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Casserole, Macaroni & Cheese, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A charming fruity, lightly creamy chardonnay that is a pleasure to drink.
The Producer

Frey Vineyards Ltd.

The Producer
14000 Tomki Rd
Redwood Valley, CA 95470
USA
1 707-485-5177
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.
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