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Robert Hall

Robert Hall
2017 Chardonnay, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .2%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$12.99
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Robert Hall
2017 Chardonnay, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .2%
Brilliant golden yellow color. Aromas of buttered nuts, lemon chiffon cake, onion jam, lemon pudding, and pickling spices with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, charming, medium-length salted butter, ripe melon and glazed apples finish. A very oaky, luscious Chardonnay with great style and length.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: buttered nuts, lemon chiffon cake, onion jam, lemon pudding, and pickling spices
Taste Flavor: salted butter, ripe melon and glazed apples
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very oaky, luscious Chardonnay with great style and length.

The Producer

O’Neill Vintners & Distillers

The Producer
8418 S Lac Jac Ave
Parlier, CA 93648
USA
1 559-638-3544

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.