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Great Frogs

Great Frogs
2015 Chardonnay, Anne Arundel County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$30

Great Frogs
2015 Chardonnay, Anne Arundel County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9%
Gold color. Curious, earthy aromas and flavors of clay, spiced apple, nutshell, and hint of mint gum with a lean, tart, sweet-and-sour medium body and a tingling, carefree finish imparting notes of lemon and salty dark roasted nuts with dusty, earthy, fruit tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very savory, earthy chardonnay for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, Rich & Full & Savory
Aroma Aroma: clay, spiced apple, nutshell, and hint of mint gum
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of lemon and salty dark roasted nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Vesuvio, Chicken Marsala, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very savory, earthy chardonnay for the table.

The Producer

Great Frogs

The Producer
3218 Harness Creek Rd
Annapolis, MD 21403
USA
1 443-254-3054

Their Portfolio

84 Great Freogs 2017 Tanyard Choptank River Vineyards Red, Maryland 13.3% (USA) $35.00.
87 Great Frogs 2014 Vintner’s Red, Anne Arundel County 13% (USA) $40.00.
90 Great Frogs 2014 Meritage, Anne Arundel County 13% (USA) $40.00.
84 Great Frogs 2015 Chardonnay, Anne Arundel County 13.9% (USA) $30.00.
87 Great Frogs 2015 Vintner’s White, Anne Arundel County 13.9% (USA) $30.00.
87 Great Frogs 2015 Full Sail Dessert Wine, Maryland 18% (USA) $50.00.
84 Great Frogs 2015 All Hands on Deck Dessert Wine, Maryland 18% (USA) $50.00.
89 Great Frogs 2015 Eastport Dessert Wine, Anne Arundel County 18% (USA) $55.00.
84 Great Frogs 2015 Syrah, Anne Arundel County 14% (USA) $35.00.
89 Great Frogs 2015 Tanyard Reserve , Maryland 14% (USA) $35.00.
81 Great Frogs "Lollipop Red" Capital Series, Maryland 18% (USA) $15.00.
91 Great Frogs NV "Red" Capital Series, Maryland 14% (USA) $20.00.
90 Great Frogs 2015 "Red" Capital Series, Maryland 14% (USA) $25.00.
87 Great Frogs 2015 White Capital Series, Maryland 14% (USA) $20.00.
88 Great Frogs NV Chesapeake Blend, Maryland 14% (USA) $20.00.
86 Great Frogs NV White Capital Series, Maryland 14% (USA) $25.00.
81 Great Frogs NV Rosé Capital Series, Maryland 14% (USA) $25.00.
90 Great Frogs 2015 Harness Creek Vineyard Vintner’s Red Anne Arundel County, Maryland 13% (USA) $45.00.
88 Great Frogs 2015 Harness Creek Vineyard Meritage Anne Arundel County, Maryland 13% (USA) $45.00.
80 Great Frogs 2016 Chesapeake White Queen Anne’s County, Maryland 13% (USA) $25.00.
89 Great Frogs 2016 Tanyard Reserve Choptank River Vineyards, Maryland 14% (USA) $35.00.
83 Great Frogs 2016 Queen Anne’s County Reserve, Chardonnay, Maryland 13.4% (USA) $30.00.
85 Great Frogs 2016 Vintner’s White Reserve Queen Anne’s County, Maryland 13.2% (USA) $30.00.
89 Great Frogs 2015 Harness Creek Vineyard Powatinika Red Blend Reserve Anne Arundel County , Maryland 13% (USA) $.00.
89 Great Frogs NV Chesapeake Red Blend , Maryland 14% (USA) $25.00.
85 Great Frogs 2016 Harness Creek Vineyards All Hands On Deck Anne Arundel County, Maryland 18% (USA) $35.00.
86 Great Frogs 2016 Harness Creek Vineyards EastPort Special Reserve Annapolis , Maryland 18% (USA) $60.00.
84 Great Frogs 2016 Harness Creek Vineyards Meritage, Anne Arundel County 13% (USA) $50.00.
89 Great Frogs 2016 Powatnika Harness Creek Vineyard, Anne Arundel County 13% (USA) $50.00.
88 Great Frogs 2017 Cold Blooded Tobacco Barn Reserve Red Blend, Maryland 13% (USA) $45.00.
83 Great Frogs 2017 Vitner’s White Reserve, Maryland 13.3% (USA) $35.00.
89 Great Frogs 2017 Vintner’s Tobacco Barn Reserve Red Blend, Maryland 14% (USA) $40.00.
86 Great Frogs 2017 Harness Creek Vineyard, Chardonnay, Anne Arundel County 13.6% (USA) $40.00.
85 Great Frogs 2017 Atomic 29 Artisan Collection Red Blend, Maryland 13% (USA) $75.00.
85 Great Frogs 2018 Rosé, Maryland 12.4% (USA) $27.50.

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.