Full Review

Tom Eddy

Tom Eddy
2016 Purrington , Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .1%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$75
Cellar Selection

Tom Eddy
2016 Purrington , Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .1%
Yellow straw color. Confected, baked aromas of apple streusel, walnut confection, baked pear with brown sugar glaze, and lemon bar with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long toasted pecan and smoked vanilla bean finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and heavy oak. A beautiful, complex, smoky Chardonnay that can compete with the best of them; relish now or cellar.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Crisp & Lively, Oaky & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: apple streusel, walnut confection, baked pear with brown sugar glaze, and lemon bar
Taste Flavor: toasted pecan and smoked vanilla bean
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Roasted Chicken, Roast Duck With Mushroom Cream Sauce, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A beautiful, complex, smoky Chardonnay that can compete with the best of them; relish now or cellar.

The Producer

Tom Eddy Winery, LLC

The Producer
3870 State Highway 128
Calistoga, CA 94515
USA
1 707-942-4267

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.