Full Review

City Winery

City Winery
2020 Harmony Drops, Chardonnay, California

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$26

City Winery
2020 Harmony Drops, Chardonnay, California

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon, vanilla yogurt, yellow apple and baked green apple, and baking spice with a round, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of apple and apricot compote on toasted brioche, white flowers, and lemon curd with moderate oak flavor. Center of the bulls eye, this is exactly everything you want and expect from a Cali Chardonnay BTG.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World
Aroma Aroma: lemon, vanilla yogurt, yellow apple and baked green apple, and baking spice
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of apple and apricot compote on toasted brioche, white flowers, and lemon curd
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Center of the bulls eye, this is exactly everything you want and expect from a Cali Chardonnay BTG.

The Producer

City Winery

The Producer
23 Factory St
Montgomery, NY 12549
USA
1 845-424-0222

Their Portfolio

BR City Winery 2020 Pet-Nat UVA Blanca Vineyard, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $29.00. - Bronze Medal
BR City Winery 2020 Pet-Nat UVA Blanca Vineyard, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $29.00. - Bronze Medal
93 City Winery 2018 Methode Champenoise, North Fork Of Long Island 12.2% (USA) $42.00.
93 City Winery 2018 Methode Champenoise, North Fork Of Long Island 12.2% (USA) $42.00.
89 City Winery 2020 Montgomery Mills Single Vineyard, UVA Blanca, Riesling, Finger Lakes 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
89 City Winery 2020 Montgomery Mills Single Vineyard, Riesling, Finger Lakes 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
BR City Winery 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County 12.2% (USA) $21.00. - Bronze Medal
90 City Winery 2017 Signature Series Cuvee Durant, Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 13.4% (USA) $55.00.
90 City Winery 2017 Signature Series Cuvee Durant, Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 13.4% (USA) $55.00.
87 City Winery 2018 Cuvee Durant Reserve, Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 14.8% (USA) $45.00.
87 City Winery 2020 Au Naturel, Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes 14.3% (USA) $32.00.
87 City Winery 2020 Uva Blanca Vineyard Solo White, Pinot Blanc, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $24.00.
90 City Winery 2020 Vin De Glaciere Uva Blanca Vineyard, Finger Lakes 13.2% (USA) $30.00.
93 City Winery 2020 Cuveé Scopus Reserve Single Vineyard, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
89 City Winery 2019 Signature Series Chards of Glass Cuvee Scopus Single Vineyard, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 13.8% (USA) $70.00.
89 City Winery 2019 Signature Series: Cuvee Scopus Single-Vineyard, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 13.8% (USA) $70.00.
89 City Winery 2019 Signature Series: Cuvee Scopus Single-Vineyard, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 13.8% (USA) $70.00.
91 City Winery 2020 Harmony Drops, Chardonnay, California 14.1% (USA) $26.00.
93 City Winery 2021 Spring St, Pinot Noir, Sonoma County 14.7% (USA) $32.00.
89 City Winery 2020 Bacigalupi Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $42.00.
91 City Winery 2020 Griffin’s Lair Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14.2% (USA) $42.00.
90 City Winery 2021 Au Naturel, Pinot Noir, American 13.8% (USA) $36.00.
93 City Winery 2021 Harmony Drops, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 13.6% (USA) $28.00.
92 City Winery 2020 Uva Blanca Vineyard Reserve , Merlot, Finger Lakes 14.5% (USA) $36.00.
93 City Winery 2020 Au Naturel Uva Blanca Vineyard, Syrah, Seneca Lake 13.4% (USA) $32.00.
85 City Winery 2021 Uva Blanca Vineyard Pet-Nat , Riesling, Finger Lakes 12.2% (USA) $29.00.
94 City Winery 2020 Vin De Glaciere Uva Blanca Vineyard, Riesling, Finger Lakes 13.2% (USA) $28.00.

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.