Full Review

Seaside

Seaside
2016 Chardonnay, California

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .7%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$9.99

Seaside
2016 Chardonnay, California

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .7%
Brilliant light gold color. Fruity, roasted aromas and flavors of baked pineapple and creme fraiche with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy finish with accents of caramel apple, spiced nuts, cedar, and pepper with soft, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice toasty, fruity chardonnay that will complement a casual meal.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: baked pineapple and creme fraiche
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of caramel apple, spiced nuts, cedar, and pepper
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice toasty, fruity chardonnay that will complement a casual meal.

The Producer

Vins Arterra Canada

The Producer
175 Chemin Marieville
Rougemont, Quebec JOL 1MO
Canada
1 514-861-2404

Their Portfolio

86 Bú NV Rosé, Grenache Gris, France 12.5% (France) $7.49.
86 Bú 2016 Merlot, France 12.5% (France) $7.49.
BR Bú NV Tempranillo, Spain 13% (Spain) $6.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Bú NV Viura-Airen-Verdejo, Spain 12% (Spain) $6.00.
BR Cliff 79 NV Cabernet-Shiraz, South-Eastern Australia 13% (Australia) $6.49. - Bronze Medal
85 Etienne Marceau NV 5, Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah, Vin de Pays d’Oc 13% (France) $7.00.
86 Nobella NV Viura, Spain 12% (Spain) $4.99.
89 Pereira 2017 Red Blend, Vinho Regional Lisboa 13.5% (Portugal) $5.00.
88 RH Phillips 2016 Syrah, California 13.9% (USA) $7.99.
BR RH Phillips 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.9% (USA) $7.99. - Bronze Medal
85 RH Phillips 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $7.00.
88 Seaside 2015 Syrah, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
85 Seaside 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
BR Veraci NV Sauvignon Blanc, Italy 12% (Italy) $7.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Veraci NV Cabernet Sauvignon, Italy 12.5% (Italy) $7.00.
87 Wallaroo Trail NV Bin 212, Shiraz, Australia 13% (Australia) $6.49.
86 Wallaroo Trail NV Bin 313, Chardonnay, Australia 12.5% (Australia) $6.49.
89 Wallaroo Trail NV Bin 919, Pinot Grigio, Australia 12.5% (Australia) $6.49.
88 Wallaroo Trail NV Bin 414, Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia 13.5% (Australia) $6.49.
87 Wallaroo Trail NV Bin 212, Shiraz, Australia 13.5% (Australia) $6.49.
87 Wallaroo Trail NV Bin 313 , Chardonnay, Australia 13% (Australia) $6.49.

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.