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Lawer Estates

Lawer Estates
2015 Cannon Block, Chardonnay, Knights Valley

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: .49%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$26

Lawer Estates
2015 Cannon Block, Chardonnay, Knights Valley

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: .49%
Bright bright gold color. Aromas of baked yellow apples, butter cream, turned earth, and pencil erasers with an lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and an engaging, medium-length finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very good example.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: baked yellow apples, butter cream, turned earth, and pencil erasers
Taste Flavor: baked yellow apples, butter cream, turned earth, and pencil erasers
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Mushroom Quiche, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very good example.

The Producer

Lawer Family Wines

The Producer
PO Box 1105
Calistoga, CA 94515
USA
1 707-331-3728

Their Portfolio

92 Lawer Estates 2015 Betsy’s Vineyard, Viognier, Knights Valley 14.1% (USA) $24.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2015 Cannon Block, Chardonnay, Knights Valley 14.2% (USA) $26.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2014 Hillside Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $64.00.
82 Lawer Estates 2015 Betsy’s Vineyard Una Late Harvest, Chardonnay, Knights Valley 15.3% (USA) $36.00.
92 Lawer Estates 2014 Betsy’s Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Knights Valley 14.4% (USA) $28.00.
94 Lawer Estates 2014 Betsy’s Vineyard, Syrah, Knights Valley 14.7% (USA) $32.00.
82 Lawer Estates 2016 Una Late Harvest Chardonnay, Knights Valley 14.7% (USA) $36.00.
80 Lawer Estates 2017 Betsy’s Vineyard Rosé, Syrah, Knights Valley 13.8% (USA) $22.00.
91 Lawer Estates 2015 Betsy’s Vineyard, Syrah, Knights Valley 14.9% (USA) $34.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2015 Betsy’s Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Knights Valley 14.2% (USA) $30.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2015 Hillside Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $65.00.
92 Lawer Estates 2016 Betsy’s Vineyard, Viognier, Knights Valley 14.6% (USA) $28.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2018 Rosé, Syrah, Sonoma County 13.8% (USA) $20.00.
94 Lawer Estates 2016 Betsy’s Vineyard, Syrah, Knights Valley 15.2% (USA) $38.00.
87 Lawer Estates 2017 Betsy’s Vineyard, Viognier, Knights Valley 14.3% (USA) $28.00.
88 Lawer Estates 2017 Cannon Block, Chardonnay, Knights Valley 14.6% (USA) $28.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2017 Betsy’s Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Knights Valley 14.5% (USA) $32.00.
88 Lawer Estates 2016 Betsy’s Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Knights Valley 14.7% (USA) $30.00.

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.