Full Review

Johnson Estate

Johnson Estate
2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Bright Steel, Chardonnay, Lake Erie

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: .25%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$14.99

Johnson Estate
2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Bright Steel, Chardonnay, Lake Erie

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: .25%
Straw green color. Sweet aromas of sweet peach, honeysuckle, honey on pears, and wildflowers with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a charming, medium-length candied almonds and orange blossom finish with no oak flavor. A bright, floral and fruity wine that will please lovers of viognier or dry Muscat, but may disappoint those seeking Chardonnay varietal character.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: sweet peach, honeysuckle, honey on pears, and wildflowers
Taste Flavor: candied almonds and orange blossom
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A bright, floral and fruity wine that will please lovers of viognier or dry Muscat, but may disappoint those seeking Chardonnay varietal character.

The Producer

Johnson Estate Winery

The Producer
8419 W Rte 20
Westfield, NY 14787
USA
1 716-326-2191

Their Portfolio

94 Johnson Estate NV May Carbonated White Wine, American 12% (USA) $15.00.
86 Johnson Estate NV Cherry Wine, American 21% (USA) $15.00.
86 Johnson Estate 2015 Founders’ Red Freelings Creek Reserve, New York State 13% (USA) $14.99.
84 Johnson Estate 2016 Ice Wine , Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $34.99.
89 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $13.49.
89 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Semi-Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $13.49.
90 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Sweet, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $13.49.
89 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Black Locust Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $18.99.
90 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve, Traminette, Lake Erie 11.5% (USA) $13.49.
84 Johnson Estate 2016 Estate Grown, Seyval Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $9.99.
82 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve, Marechal Foch, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $13.99.
90 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Founders’ Red Blend, New York State 13% (USA) $13.99.
90 Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Ruby Dry Rosé, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $13.99.
89 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve, Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $12.99.
88 Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Sweet Wine, Concord, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $8.99.
89 Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Pink Sweet Wine, Catawba, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $8.99.
84 Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Sweet Wine, Niagara, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $8.99.
85 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $13.99.
90 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, New York State 13% (USA) $15.99.
88 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve, Pinot Noir, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $15.99.
91 Johnson Estate 2017 Ice Wine, Chambourcin, Lake Erie 10.6% (USA) $35.99.
86 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Toasted Oak, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $14.99.
84 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Bright Steel, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $14.99.
85 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Black Locust Dry Riesling, Riesling, Lake Erie 11.5% (USA) $24.49.
85 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Dry Riesling, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $14.99.
87 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Semi-Dry Riesling, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $14.99.
87 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Sweet Riesling, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $14.99.
83 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve, Seyval Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $11.49.
88 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve, Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $11.49.
92 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve, Traminette, Lake Erie 13.5% (USA) $14.49.

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.