Full Review

Kalaris

Kalaris
2014 Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.4% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$55
Cellar Selection

Kalaris
2014 Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.4% RS: <1%
Clear yellow straw color. Creamy aromas of toasted marshmallow, salted caramel, vanilla bean, white chocolate, and hazelnut creme with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long toasty oak and lemon tart finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and moderate oak. A serious Chardonnay with excellent acidity and aging potential.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Crisp & Lively & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: toasted marshmallow, salted caramel, vanilla bean, white chocolate, and hazelnut creme
Taste Flavor: toasty oak and lemon tart
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Roasted Chicken, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A serious Chardonnay with excellent acidity and aging potential.

The Producer

Axios Wine

The Producer
105 Zinfandel Ln
Saint Helena, CA 94574
USA
1 410-309-9463

Their Portfolio

86 Alunco 2014 Malbec, Mendoza 13% (Argentina) $13.00.
93 Axios 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.6% (USA) $135.00.
91 Kalaris 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $59.00.
92 Kalaris 2012 Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $52.00.
90 Kalaris 2011 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14.2% (USA) $52.00.
88 Kalaris 2013 Kalaris Family Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $26.00.
87 Kalaris 2012 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14.3% (USA) $55.00.
89 Kalaris 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $59.00.
85 Kalaris 2013 Merlot, Napa Valley 13.4% (USA) $55.00.
91 Kalaris 2013 Pinot Noir, Napa Valley 14.2% (USA) $52.00.
89 Kalaris 2013 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14.2% (USA) $55.00.
88 Kalaris 2014 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14.2% (USA) $55.00.
92 Kalaris 2014 Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.4% (USA) $55.00.
87 Telios 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 14.2% (USA) $16.00.
83 Truth 2013 Cuvee de Fume, California 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
90 Truth 2012 Napa Valley 13.7% (USA) $25.00.
86 Truth 2013 "Cuvee de Fume", California 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
92 Truth 2012 Napa Valley 13.7% (USA) $25.00.
85 Truth 2013 "Cuvee de Fumé" White, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
88 Truth 2013 Cuvee de Fume, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
87 Truth 2013 Cuvee de Fume, California 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
89 Worthy 2011 "Five Clones", Napa Valley 12.7% (USA) $19.00.
93 Worthy 2009 "Sophia’s Cuvee", Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $32.00.
89 Worthy 2013 Kalaris Family Vineyard, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $32.00.
87 Worthy 2010 "Five Clones", Napa Valley 13.6% (USA) $19.00.
90 Worthy 2010 "Five Clones", Napa Valley 13.6% (USA) $19.00.
93 Worthy 2013 Sophia’s Cuvee, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $32.00.
90 Worthy 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.3% (USA) $19.00.

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.