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Kingman Estates

Kingman Estates
2015 Chardonnay, Grand Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .7%
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$19.50

Kingman Estates
2015 Chardonnay, Grand Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .7%
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of melted honeycomb, gherkin, spiced pineapple, and hint of matchstick with a supple, tangy, dryish medium body and a smooth, easy finish evoking accents of apple custard and minerals with crunchy, fine tannins and no oak flavor. A very savory, lightly smoky Chardonnay.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Funky, Quaffable & Savory
Aroma Aroma: melted honeycomb, gherkin, spiced pineapple, and hint of matchstick
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of apple custard and minerals
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Chicken, Grilled Tuna Steaks Au Poivre, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very savory, lightly smoky Chardonnay.

The Producer

Kingman Estates Winery

The Producer
800 E 64th Ave
Denver, CO 80229
USA
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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.