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Reynolds Family Winery

Reynolds Family Winery
2014 Chardonnay, Los Carneros

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$34.00

Reynolds Family Winery
2014 Chardonnay, Los Carneros

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2%
Medium gold color. Toasty aromas of buttered raisin bread, freshly made applesauce, pumpkin pie spices, and dark caramelized nuts with a slightly chewy, tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-long caramelized starfruit, oak, and apple creme brulee finish with medium, chewy, well-integrated tannins and heavy oak. An oaky Chardonnay with a tropical edge.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Crisp & Lively, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: buttered raisin bread, freshly made applesauce, pumpkin pie spices, and dark caramelized nuts
Taste Flavor: caramelized starfruit, oak, and apple creme brulee
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Sturgeon, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An oaky Chardonnay with a tropical edge.
The Producer

Reynolds Family Winery

The Producer
3266 Silverado Trl
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-258-2558
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.
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