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Noble Vines

Noble Vines
2014 "446", Chardonnay, San Bernabe

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Pasta Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .26%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$12.99

Noble Vines
2014 "446", Chardonnay, San Bernabe

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Pasta Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .26%
Golden straw color. Toasty aromas and flavors of apple tart and pineapple cake with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish that exhibits notes of vanilla pudding, apples, and nuts with light oak flavor. A pleasant oaky chardonnay sipper.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Quaffable & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: apple tart and pineapple cake
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of vanilla pudding, apples, and nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Tuna Casserole, Chicken Parmesan Sandwich, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A pleasant oaky chardonnay sipper.

The Producer

DFV Wines

The Producer
455 Devlin Road, Suite 201
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-265-1715

Their Portfolio

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85 Bota Box 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13% (USA) $22.99.
92 Bota Box 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile 13% (Chile) $22.99.
85 Bota Box NV Chardonnay, California 13% (USA) $22.99.
86 Bota Box NV RedVolution, California 13.5% (USA) $22.99.
89 Bota Box 2015 Nighthawk Black, California 13.5% (USA) $22.99.
90 Bota Box 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 12% (USA) $22.99.
85 Bota Box 2016 Dry Rosé, Chile 11.5% (Chile) $22.99.
88 Gnarly Head 2014 "Authentic Black" Red Blend, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $11.99.
80 Gnarly Head 2014 "Authentic Red" Blend, Lodi 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
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86 Gnarly Head 2013 "1924 Double Black" Red Blend, California 15% (USA) $11.99.
88 Gnarly Head 2014 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
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84 Gnarly Head 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 14% (USA) $11.99.
89 Gnarly Head 2015 1924 Double Black, California 15% (USA) $13.99.
92 Gnarly Head 2015 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
91 Gnarly Head 2015 Authentic Black Red Blend, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $11.99.
91 Gnarly Head 2015 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $11.99.
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89 Irony 2014 Black, Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
90 Irony 2015 Pinot Noir, Monterey 13.5% (USA) $15.99.
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84 Noble Vines 2014 "446", Chardonnay, San Bernabe 14.5% (USA) $12.99.
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88 Noble Vines 2015 "The One" Black Red Blend, California 15% (USA) $14.99.
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86 Twisted 2015 Pinot Grigio, California 13% (USA) $7.99.
86 Twisted 2014 Old Vine, Zinfandel, California 13.5% (USA) $7.99.

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.