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White Horse Winery

White Horse Winery
2017 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, American

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$29

White Horse Winery
2017 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, American

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Straw color. Aromas of honey-roasted pineapple, apple pastry, béchamel, and toast with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length caramel, toasted pecan, and allspice finish. A toasty, well integrated Chardonnay for fans of Montrachet.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Crisp & Lively & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: honey-roasted pineapple, apple pastry, béchamel, and toast
Taste Flavor: caramel, toasted pecan, and allspice
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A toasty, well integrated Chardonnay for fans of Montrachet.

The Producer

White Horse Winery

The Producer
106 Hall Street
Hammonton, NJ 08037
USA
1 609-270-1411

Their Portfolio

91 White Horse Winery 2017 Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 13% (USA) $18.00.
93 White Horse Winery 2017 Estate, Vidal Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain 12.8% (USA) $37.00.
85 White Horse Winery 2017 Estate Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 12.9% (USA) $37.00.
86 White Horse Winery 2017 Estate, Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $18.00.
88 White Horse Winery 2016 Estate Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 12.2% (USA) $39.00.
87 White Horse Winery 2016 Estate, Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 12.5% (USA) $18.00.
89 White Horse Winery 2016 Estate Rosé, American 12.7% (USA) $18.00.
93 White Horse Winery 2017 Barrel Fermented Vidal Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain 12.8% (USA) $37.00.
91 White Horse Winery 2017 Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 13% (USA) $18.00.
92 White Horse Winery 2016 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, American 13.6% (USA) $39.00.
87 White Horse Winery 2016 Vintner’s Red Blend, American 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
92 White Horse Winery 2016 Reserve, Merlot, American 13.8% (USA) $34.00.
86 White Horse Winery 2018 Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 12% (USA) $18.00.
94 White Horse Winery 2017 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, American 13.5% (USA) $29.00.
91 White Horse Winery 2018 Estate, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 12.1% (USA) $19.00.
88 White Horse Winery 2018 Estate, Traminette, Outer Coastal Plain 11.8% (USA) $18.00.
88 White Horse Winery 2018 Estate, Vidal Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain 12.1% (USA) $25.00.
86 White Horse Winery 2017 Estate, Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $18.00.
88 White Horse Winery 2018 Estate, Albarino, Outer Coastal Plain 12.3% (USA) $23.00.

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.