Full Review

Cape May

Cape May
2016 Chardonnay, American

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.4% RS: .2%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$20

Cape May
2016 Chardonnay, American

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.4% RS: .2%
Brilliant golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of candied pine nuts, apricot preserve, honeydew melon, meringue, and sliced banana with a velvety, soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish. A tropical fruit salad of a chardonnay fit for afternoon quaffing.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: candied pine nuts, apricot preserve, honeydew melon, meringue, and sliced banana
Taste Flavor: candied pine nuts, apricot preserve, honeydew melon, meringue, and sliced banana
Sweetness Sweetness: Off-Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A tropical fruit salad of a chardonnay fit for afternoon quaffing.

The Producer

Cape May Winery & Vineyard

The Producer
711 Townbank Rd
Cape May, NJ 08204
USA
1 609-884-1169

Their Portfolio

85 Cape May 2016 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, New Jersey 13.9% (USA) $24.00.
85 Cape May 2016 Chardonnay, American 13.4% (USA) $20.00.
86 Cape May 2016 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, New Jersey 13.9% (USA) $24.00.
87 Cape May 2017 Reserve, Chardonnay, New Jersey 12.8% (USA) $23.00.
89 Cape May 2017 Chardonnay, New Jersey 12.8% (USA) $20.00.
87 Cape May 2017 White , New Jersey 13.1% (USA) $15.00.
85 Cape May 2017 Rosé, New Jersey 12.9% (USA) $15.00.
86 Cape May 2016 Merlot, New Jersey 12.6% (USA) $21.00.
89 Cape May 2016 Cabernet Franc, New Jersey 13% (USA) $19.00.
89 Cape May NV Red Blend, New Jersey 12.8% (USA) $18.00.
BR Cape May 2019 Vidal Blanc, New Jersey 14.3% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Cape May 2019 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Cape May Penninsula 11.8% (USA) $24.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Cape May 2017 Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain 13.3% (USA) $20.00.
91 Cape May 2017 Red Meritage, Outer Coastal Plain 13.9% (USA) $18.00.
93 Cape May 2017 Pinot Noir, Cape May Penninsula 13.3% (USA) $22.00.
BR Isaac Smith NV White Port, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $21.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Isaac Smith NV Port, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $29.00.
87 Isaac Smith 2014 White Port, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $45.00.
89 Isaac Smith 2011 Port, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $52.00.
BR Isaac Smith 2019 White Domestic Port-Style Wine, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $21.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Isaac Smith NV Red Domestic Port-Style Wine, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $29.00.
88 Isaac Smith 2019 Apple Wine, Outer Coastal Plain 12.5% (USA) $14.00.

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.