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Las Palmeras

Las Palmeras
2014 Chardonnay, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: .62%
82 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$14.99

Las Palmeras
2014 Chardonnay, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: .62%
Brilliant golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of baked coconut and pineapples and pencil shavings and eraser with a soft, fruity medium body and a brisk rubber and baked apple and lemon finish with fine tannins and light oak. An oaky, earthy chardonnay sipper; serve with a good chill.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: baked coconut and pineapples and pencil shavings and eraser
Taste Flavor: rubber and baked apple and lemon
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Linguini with White Clam Sauce, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An oaky, earthy chardonnay sipper; serve with a good chill.

The Producer

Appellation Ventures, LLC

The Producer
5570 Skylane Blvd, Suite C
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
USA
1 916-912-9559

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.