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Arrington Vineyards

Arrington Vineyards
2021 Chardonnay, Tennessee

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: 0.15%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$26

Arrington Vineyards
2021 Chardonnay, Tennessee

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: 0.15%
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon gummi candy, caramelized bananas, grass, and dried white flowers with a velvety, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that shows notes of vanilla salted caramel, poached bartlett pear, spiced banana, and coconut with a suggestion of oak flavor. Tropical fruit aromas that carry over to the palate, well balanced and easy to pair with food or to drink on its own.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: lemon gummi candy, caramelized bananas, grass, and dried white flowers
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of vanilla salted caramel, poached bartlett pear, spiced banana, and coconut
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Tropical fruit aromas that carry over to the palate, well balanced and easy to pair with food or to drink on its own.

The Producer

Arrington Vineyards

The Producer
6211 Patton Rd
Arrington, TN 37014
USA
1 615-395-0102

Their Portfolio

88 Arrington Vineyards 2021 Chardonnay, Tennessee 14% (USA) $26.00.
87 Arrington Vineyards 2018 Petite Sirah, American 14.8% (USA) $34.00.
86 Arrington Vineyards 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Tennessee 14.5% (USA) $30.00.
88 Arrington Vineyards 2020 Russell Family Select, Merlot, Tennessee 14% (USA) $30.00.
88 Arrington Vineyards 2021 Kinzley Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Tennessee 13% (USA) $22.00.
87 Arrington Vineyards NV Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County 14% (USA) $25.00.
86 Arrington Vineyards 2021 Riesling, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $22.00.
BR Arrington Vineyards 2021 Stag’s White Blend, American 13% (USA) $24.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Arrington Vineyards 2021 Antebellum Tennessee Whiskey Barrel-Aged White Blend, Tennessee 14.5% (USA) $28.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Arrington Vineyards NV Celebration Blanc Sparkling Wine, Washington 13% (USA) $36.00.
88 Arrington Vineyards NV Celebration Sparkling Rosé , Washington 13% (USA) $36.00.
BR Arrington Vineyards 2021 Sparkle Blanc, Tennessee 13.5% (USA) $45.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Arrington Vineyards 2020 Sparkle The Rosé, Tennessee 13.5% (USA) $45.00.
88 Arrington Vineyards 2020 KB 14*20 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain 15% (USA) $58.00.
91 Arrington Vineyards 2021 Russell, Merlot, Walla Walla Valley 14% (USA) $30.00.
88 Arrington Vineyards 2022 Kinzley Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley 13% (USA) $24.00.
88 Arrington Vineyards 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills 14% (USA) $32.00.
86 Arrington Vineyards 2020 Pinot Noir, California 14% (USA) $27.00.
91 Arrington Vineyards 2022 Chardonnay, Washington 13% (USA) $27.00.

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.