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Alexander Valley Vineyards

Alexander Valley Vineyards
2018 Estate, Chardonnay, Alexander Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$20

Alexander Valley Vineyards
2018 Estate, Chardonnay, Alexander Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Yellow straw color. Aromas of ripe golden apples, buttery graham cracker crust, and exotic woods with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, intriguing, medium-long lily and lemon custard finish with moderate oak flavor. A balanced and elegant Chardonnay; a palate-pleaser.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Crisp & Lively, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: ripe golden apples, buttery graham cracker crust, and exotic woods
Taste Flavor: lily and lemon custard
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A balanced and elegant chardonnay; a palate-pleaser.

The Producer

Alexander Valley Vineyards

The Producer
8644 Hwy 128
Healdsburg, CA 95448
USA
1 707-280-8021

Their Portfolio

90 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2017 Estate, Pinot Noir, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $34.00.
90 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2017 Estate, Chardonnay, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $20.00.
89 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Gewürz, Gewurztraminer, Mendocino County 13.2% (USA) $15.00.
90 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Estate, Chardonnay, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $20.00.
92 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Estate, Pinot Noir, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $34.00.
88 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2019 Gewürz, Gewurztraminer, Mendocino County 13.2% (USA) $15.00.
87 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2016 Temptation, Zinfandel, California 14% (USA) $16.00.
87 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2019 Dry Rosé of Sangiovese, Sonoma County 13% (USA) $16.00.
90 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Estate, Syrah, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $24.00.
87 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Homestead Red Blend, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $23.00.
86 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2017 Sin Zin, Zinfandel, Alexander Valley 14.9% (USA) $20.00.
90 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $25.00.
92 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Estate, Merlot, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $23.00.
92 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2015 Cyrus, Red Meritage, Alexander Valley 14.5% (USA) $65.00.
87 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2018 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $34.00.
BR Alexander Valley Vineyards 2019 Estate, Chardonnay, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $20.00. - Bronze Medal
92 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2017 Alexander School Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $50.00.
85 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2020 Dry Rosé, Sangiovese, Sonoma County 13% (USA) $18.00.
88 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2020 Gewürz, Gewurztraminer, Mendocino County 13.2% (USA) $15.00.
93 Alexander Valley Vineyards 2016 Cyrus Red Blend, Alexander Valley 14.5% (USA) $65.00.

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.