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Hayes Valley

Hayes Valley
2016 Chardonnay, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .01%
Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$12

Hayes Valley
2016 Chardonnay, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .01%
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of toasted coconut, latte, and apple pie crust with a bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a swift finish imparting notes of roasted nut oil, underripe apple, and toasted lemon meringue with fine, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A pleasant easy drinking chardonnay sipper.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: toasted coconut, latte, and apple pie crust
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of roasted nut oil, underripe apple, and toasted lemon meringue
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Kiev, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A pleasant easy drinking chardonnay sipper.

The Producer

Clos Lachance Winery

The Producer
13800 Hummingbird Ln
San Martin, CA 95046
USA
1 408-686-1050

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.