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Pollak Vineyards

Pollak Vineyards
2015 Estate, Chardonnay, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$24

Pollak Vineyards
2015 Estate, Chardonnay, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of spiced apple and pineapple cake a la mode with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length lemon chiffon, mango-coconut relish, and white toffee finish with silky tannins and light oak. A refreshing chardonnay with bright tasty fruit and finely balanced oak.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: spiced apple and pineapple cake a la mode
Taste Flavor: lemon chiffon, mango-coconut relish, and white toffee
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Fish With Fruit Butter, Chicken Casserole, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A refreshing chardonnay with bright tasty fruit and finely balanced oak.

The Producer

Pollak Vineyards

The Producer
330 Newtown Rd
Greenwood, VA 22943
USA
1 540-456-8844

Their Portfolio

90 Pollak Vineyards 2011 "Mille Fleurs", Viognier, Monticello 17.5% (USA) $30.00.
91 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello 13% (USA) $30.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2012 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2012 Estate Grown, Petit Verdot, Monticello 13% (USA) $30.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2012 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $50.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2012 Estate Grown, Merlot, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
94 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Grown, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
95 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.7% (USA) $50.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Meritage Estate, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
91 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate, Merlot, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.7% (USA) $50.00.
81 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate, Petit Verdot, Monticello 14% (USA) $30.00.
92 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate, Chardonnay, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
83 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate, Petit Verdot, Monticello 14% (USA) $30.00.
84 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
87 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
91 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Petit Verdot, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
86 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.7% (USA) $50.00.
85 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello 14.5% (USA) $35.00.
84 Pollak Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
85 Pollak Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown, Viognier, Monticello 14% (USA) $26.00.
80 Pollak Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown, Rosé, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
87 Pollak Vineyards 2016 Reserve, Merlot, Monticello 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
92 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
86 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.7% (USA) $50.00.
94 Pollak Vineyards 2016 Estate Grown Reserve, Petit Verdot, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
91 Pollak Vineyards 2016 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
85 Pollak Vineyards 2016 Mille Fleurs Dessert Wine, Monticello 16.5% (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.