Full Review

William Wright

William Wright
2015 Reserve, Chardonnay, Monterey

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Pork Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$9.99
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William Wright
2015 Reserve, Chardonnay, Monterey

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Pork Shellfish Vegetables

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Clear light gold color. Nutty, fruity aromas of mixed dry roasted nuts, baked apple and pear, lemon bar, and overripe pineapple with a round, bright, fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length tinned pears, marshmallow fluff and honey, pillsbury’s grand biscuits, and buttermilk finish with coating tannins and heavy oak flavor. A pleasant chardonnay for sipping or the table; serve with a good chill.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, Juicy & Smooth & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: mixed dry roasted nuts, baked apple and pear, lemon bar, and overripe pineapple
Taste Flavor: tinned pears, marshmallow fluff and honey, pillsbury's grand biscuits, and buttermilk
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Roasted Chicken, Ham Quiche, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A serviceable chardonnay for sipping or the table; serve with a good chill.

The Producer

Scheid Vineyards

The Producer
1972 Hobson Ave
Greenfield, CA 93927
USA
1 831-455-9990

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.