Full Review

Jarvis

Jarvis
2016 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$75

Jarvis
2016 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: <1%
Yellow straw color. Aromas of flint, ground cinnamon, key lime custard, cream soda, and heirloom apple with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy firm pear, dust, hazelnut brittle, and taro finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry and food-friendly chardonnay that highlights French oak and takes a serious style.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Old World
Aroma Aroma: flint, ground cinnamon, key lime custard, cream soda, and heirloom apple
Taste Flavor: firm pear, dust, hazelnut brittle, and taro
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Lemon Pepper Roasted Chicken, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dry and food-friendly chardonnay that highlights French oak and takes a serious style.

The Producer

Jarvis Vineyards

The Producer
2970 Monticello Rd
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-255-5280

Their Portfolio

94 Jarvis 2014 Estate Grown Cave Fermented, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $68.00.
96 Jarvis 2014 Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $115.00.
89 Jarvis 2014 Unfiltered Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $130.00.
92 Jarvis 2012 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $105.00.
94 Jarvis 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 13.9% (USA) $150.00.
93 Jarvis 2010 "Lake William" , Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $170.00.
94 Jarvis 2012 Reserve, Merlot, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $200.00.
90 Jarvis 2010 Petit Verdot, Napa Valley 13.4% (USA) $120.00.
89 Jarvis 2013 Will Jarvis’ Science Project, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $140.00.
85 Jarvis 2013 Tempranillo, Napa Valley 13.2% (USA) $85.00.
96 Jarvis 2007 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $260.00.
92 Jarvis 2016 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.2% (USA) $75.00.
92 Jarvis 2016 Finch Hollow Vineyard, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $135.00.
90 Jarvis 2016 Finch Hollow Vineyard Unfiltered , Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $150.00.
92 Jarvis 2014 Estate Grown, Tempranillo, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $85.00.
94 Jarvis 2013 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $165.00.
93 Jarvis 2013 Estate Grown, Merlot, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $105.00.
92 Jarvis 2013 Reserve, Merlot, Napa Valley 14.6% (USA) $230.00.
92 Jarvis 2013 Lake William Red Blend Estate Grown, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $215.00.
85 Jarvis 2012 Estate Grown, Petit Verdot, Napa Valley 13.2% (USA) $155.00.
90 Jarvis 2014 Will Jarvis’ Science Project, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $150.00.

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.