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Glenora

Glenora
2014 Chardonnay, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: .4%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$12.99
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Glenora
2014 Chardonnay, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: .4%
Yellow straw color. Delicate, fruity, earthy aromas of fallen apples, Meyer lemon, and mango with a silky, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length marinated apples finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. An exceptionally refreshing and appetizing lighter-styled chardonnay.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp, lively, fruity & savory
Aroma Aroma: fallen apples, Meyer lemon, and mango
Taste Flavor: marinated apples
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Kiev, Grilled Fish With Mango Salsa, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An exceptionally refreshing and appetizing lighter-styled chardonnay.

The Producer

Glenora Wine Cellars

The Producer
5435 Rte 14
Dundee, NY 14837
USA
1 607-243-5511

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.