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Armstrong Valley Winery

Armstrong Valley Winery
2020 Estate Reserve Oak Aged, Chardonnay, Pennsylvania

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$21

Armstrong Valley Winery
2020 Estate Reserve Oak Aged, Chardonnay, Pennsylvania

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Straw color. Funky aromas and flavors of boiled cabbage water, brown butter, yellow apple, and buttered popcorn with a round, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy finish displaying overtones of cabbage water, grapefruit peel, apple and vanilla, and marzipan with light oak flavor. A versatile, oaky Chardonnay as an everyday table wine.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: boiled cabbage water, brown butter, yellow apple, and buttered popcorn
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of cabbage water, grapefruit peel, apple and vanilla, and marzipan
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A versatile, oaky Chardonnay as an everyday table wine.

The Producer

Armstrong Valley Vineyard & Winery

The Producer
212 Rutter Rd
Halifax, PA 17032
USA
1 717-896-7700

Their Portfolio

BR Armstrong Valley Winery 2017 Armstrong Red Blend, American 15% (USA) $24.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Armstrong Valley Winery 2017 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pennsylvania 15.5% (USA) $24.00.
BR Armstrong Valley Winery 2018 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Pennsylvania 13.5% (USA) $23.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Armstrong Valley Winery 2018 Estate Reserve, Merlot, Pennsylvania 13% (USA) $23.00.
85 Armstrong Valley Winery 2020 Estate Reserve, Pinot Grigio, Pennsylvania 14.5% (USA) $16.00.
89 Armstrong Valley Winery 2019 Estate Reserve, Chardonnay, Pennsylvania 14% (USA) $20.00.
89 Armstrong Valley Winery 2020 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pennsylvania 13.5% (USA) $25.00.
93 Armstrong Valley Winery 2019 Estate Reserve Red Blend, Pennsylvania 14% (USA) $23.00.
87 Armstrong Valley Winery 2020 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Pennsylvania 13.5% (USA) $25.00.
87 Armstrong Valley Winery 2021 Estate Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Pennsylvania 11.5% (USA) $18.00.
BR Armstrong Valley Winery 2020 Estate Reserve Oak Aged, Chardonnay, Pennsylvania 13.5% (USA) $21.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Armstrong Valley Winery 2021 Estate Reserve French Oak Fermented And Aged, Chardonnay, Pennsylvania 13.5% (USA) $21.00.
88 Armstrong Valley Winery 2020 Estate Reserve, Pinot Noir, Pennsylvania 14% (USA) $26.00.
BR Armstrong Valley Winery 2020 Estate Reserve Naked, Chardonnay, Pennsylvania 13.5% (USA) $21.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Armstrong Valley Winery 2021 Estate Reserve, Pinot Grigio, Pennsylvania 13% (USA) $16.00. - Bronze Medal

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.