Full Review

Palmaris

Palmaris
2014 Reserve, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$25

Palmaris
2014 Reserve, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12%
Yellow straw color. Roasted aromas and flavors of roasted whole nuts and coconut, grilled pineapple, and bark and twigs with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, swift green quince, smoky oak, and melon rind finish with dusty, fruit tannins and heavy oak. A dry oaky reserved chardonnay for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Oaky, Savory & Funky
Aroma Aroma: roasted whole nuts and coconut, grilled pineapple, and bark and twigs
Taste Flavor: green quince, smoky oak, and melon rind
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Chicken Breast, Dover Sole with Brown Butter, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dry oaky reserved chardonnay for the table.

The Producer

Tomasello Winery

The Producer
P.O. Box 440
Hammonton, NJ 08037
USA
1 609-561-0567

Their Portfolio

92 Palmaris 2013 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Outer Coastal Plain 13.7% (USA) $40.00.
84 Palmaris 2014 Reserve, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 12% (USA) $25.00.
86 Palmaris 2013 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $40.00.
84 Palmaris 2015 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Outer Coastal Plain 12.65% (USA) $25.00.
87 Palmaris 2014 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Outer Coastal Plain 12.6% (USA) $30.95.
88 Tomasello 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Outer Coastal Plain 13.8% (USA) $29.95.
92 Tomasello 2013 Estate, Blaufrankisch, Outer Coastal Plain 11.8% (USA) $18.95.
87 Tomasello 2014 Sangiovese, Outer Coastal Plain 13.4% (USA) $18.95.
86 Tomasello 2015 Rkatsiteli, Outer Coastal Plain 12.2% (USA) $15.95.
91 Tomasello 2015 Palmaris Estate Reserve, Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain 13.9% (USA) $24.95.
88 Tomasello 2014 Palmaris Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Outer Coastal Plain 12.6% (USA) $30.00.
84 Tomasello 2015 Palmaris Reserve, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $25.00.
87 Tomasello 2013 Palmaris Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $40.00.
93 Tomasello 2014 Palmaris Reserve, Petit Verdot, Outer Coastal Plain 12.5% (USA) $30.95.
90 Tomasello 2015 Sangiovese, Outer Coastal Plain 13.3% (USA) $18.95.
93 Tomasello NV Red Raspberry Wine 11% (USA) $12.95.
89 Tomasello NV Cherry Wine 9% (USA) $12.95.
91 Tomasello NV Blueberry Wine 11% (USA) $12.95.
94 Tomasello NV Cranberry Wine 9% (USA) $12.95.
88 Tomasello NV Pomegranate Wine 10% (USA) $12.95.
86 Tomasello NV Blueberry Forte 18% (USA) $12.95.
92 Tomasello NV Red Raspberry Moscato 6.5% (USA) $13.95.
90 Tomasello NV Cherry Moscato 6.5% (USA) $13.95.
88 Tomasello NV Blueberry Moscato 6.5% (USA) $13.95.
92 Tomasello NV Cranberry Moscato 6.5% (USA) $13.95.
88 Tomasello 2015 Ice Wine, Vidal Blanc, Atlantic County 13.7% (USA) $28.00.
88 Tomasello NV Blackberry Moscato, New Jersey 6.5% (USA) $13.95.

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.