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Las Palmeras

Las Palmeras
2014 Chardonnay, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Shellfish Turkey Vegetables

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$14.99
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Las Palmeras
2014 Chardonnay, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Shellfish Turkey Vegetables

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
Bright gold color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of green apples, grilled pineapples, lightly buttered toast points, and pressed linen - chalk with a slightly chewy, bright, dry full body and a smooth, complex, medium-length finish with earthy tannins and light oak. Easy balanced flavors and it opened up nicely with air.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Rich & Full & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: green apples, grilled pineapples, lightly buttered toast points, and pressed linen - chalk
Taste Flavor: green apples, grilled pineapples, lightly buttered toast points, and pressed linen - chalk
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Waldorf Salad, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Easy balanced flavors and it opened up nicely with air.
The Producer

Appellation Ventures, LLC

The Producer
5570 Skylane Blvd, Suite C
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
USA
1 916-594-7199
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.
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