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Carmenet

Carmenet
2020 Chardonnay, California

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .731%
Organically Grown Grapes
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$13

Carmenet
2020 Chardonnay, California

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .731%
Light gold color. Smoky aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts and herbs, grilled pineapple, and honey butter with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a silky, breezy finish with notes of apple tart with whipped cream and praline with fine, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An oaky Chardonnay for carefree sipping.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: dark roasted nuts and herbs, grilled pineapple, and honey butter
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of apple tart with whipped cream and praline
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An oaky Chardonnay for carefree sipping.

The Producer

Bronco Wine Company

The Producer
33 Harlow Court
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-346-6025

Their Portfolio

BR 6 Degrees Cellars 2018 Rose, Pinot Noir, California 12.5% (USA) $13.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Allure Infusions NV Apple & Pear Moscato, California 5.5% (USA) $17.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Allure Infusions NV Mango Moscato, California 5.5% (USA) $17.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Allure Infusions NV Peach Moscato, California 5.5% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Allure Infusions NV Strawberry Moscato, California 5.5% (USA) $15.00.
85 Amusant NV Bubbly Pink, Moscato, California 10% (USA) $14.00.
90 Bivio Italia NV Extra Dry Sparkling Rose, Prosecco di Treviso DOC 11.5% (Italy) $20.00.
BR Blanc De Bleu NV Cuvee Moussex Sec, California 11% (USA) $21.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Camp Crush NV Red Wine, California 12.5% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Camp Crush NV Pink Wine, California 12.5% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Camp Crush NV White Wine, California 12.5% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Carmenet 2017 Pinot Noir, California 12.5% (USA) $13.00.
BR Carmenet 2020 Chardonnay, California 12.5% (USA) $13.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Carmenet 2017 Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $13.00.
89 Carmenet 2020 Merlot, California 12.5% (USA) $16.00.
BR Coastal Vines NV Brut Cuvee, California 12% (USA) $6.00. - Bronze Medal
87 De La Costa NV Red Sangria, California 11.5% (USA) $6.00.
BR De La Costa NV White Sangria, California 11% (USA) $6.00. - Bronze Medal
BR De La Costa NV Rose Sangria, California 11% (USA) $6.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Gravel Bar Winery 2019 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $17.00.
89 Hunters’ Ridge 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $25.99.
BR JFJ NV Extra Dry Sparkling Wine, California 12% (USA) $9.00. - Bronze Medal
89 JFJ NV Brut Champagne, California 12% (USA) $10.00.
BR JFJ NV Almond Flavored Sparkling Wine, California 11% (USA) $10.00. - Bronze Medal
BR L+i NV Chardonnay, California 13% (USA) $19.00. - Bronze Medal
BR L+i NV Pinot Grigio, California 13% (USA) $19.00. - Bronze Medal
BR L+i NV The Bloc Red Blend, California 13% (USA) $19.00. - Bronze Medal
BR L+i NV Rose Of Pinot Noir, California 13% (USA) $19.00. - Bronze Medal
86 La Catrina NV Classic Margarita Wine Cocktail 13.9% (USA) $15.99.
88 La Catrina NV Strawberry Margarita Wine Cocktail 13.9% (USA) $15.99.
BR La Catrina Classic Margarita Ready-To-Drink Cocktail 13.9% (USA) $17.00. - Bronze Medal
87 La Toque NV Port, California 18% (USA) $.00.
88 La Toque NV Madeira, California 18% (USA) $.00.
BR La Toque NV Sherry, California 18% (USA) $.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Longevity 2019 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $16.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Longevity 2021 Debra’s Cuvee Rose, Pinot Noir, California 12% (USA) $16.00.
89 Longevity 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $16.00.
85 Paso Grande 2018 Reservado, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley 13% (Chile) $7.99.
89 Paso Grande 2018 Reservado, Carmenère, Central Valley 13% (Chile) $7.99.
88 Picket Fence 2018 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 13.5% (USA) $21.00.
90 PINO Cellars 2019 Pinot Noir, Oregon 13.5% (USA) $19.00.
87 Rosenblum NV Vinter’s Cuvee XXXX, Zinfandel, Lodi 13.9% (USA) $13.00.
85 RSVP NV Brut Sparkling, California 12% (USA) $12.00.
BR Sables D’Azur 2020 Rosé, Côtes De Provence 13% (France) $26.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Salmon Creek NV Brut Sparkling, California 12% (USA) $6.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Shaw 2018 Pinot Noir, California 12.5% (USA) $10.00.
85 Shaw Organic 2021 Rosé, California 11.5% (USA) $8.00.
BR Shaw Organic 2020 Red Blend, California 13% (USA) $8.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Shaw Organic 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 12% (USA) $8.00.
BR Tropic Mist NV Mango Strawberry Moscato, California 5.5% (USA) $11.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Tropic Mist NV Blackberry Merlot, California 5.5% (USA) $11.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Tropic Mist NV Exotic Fruits White Zinfandel, California 5.5% (USA) $11.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Tropic Mist NV Raspberry Pink Moscato, California 5.5% (USA) $11.00. - 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.