Full Review

Highlands 41

Highlands 41
2019 Estate, Chardonnay, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$16

Highlands 41
2019 Estate, Chardonnay, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of baked apple, apricot, and nutmeg with a silky, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a sleek, intriguing, medium-length finish that shows shades of rosemary, vanilla, and tart green apple with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. Quaffable and elegant garden party Chardonnay.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World
Aroma Aroma: baked apple, apricot, and nutmeg
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with shades of rosemary, vanilla, and tart green apple
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Quaffable and elegant garden party Chardonnay.

The Producer or Importer

Riboli Family Wines

The Producer or  Importer
737 Lamar Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
USA
1 323-2238832

Their Portfolio

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89 Maddalena 2017 Estate Reserve, Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $20.00.
93 Maddalena 2017 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $20.00.
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88 Maddalena 2019 Estate, Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $18.00.
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90 Opaque 2016 Malbec, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $40.00.
90 Opaque 2016 Petit Verdot, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $40.00.
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93 San Simeon 2016 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $35.00.
93 San Simeon 2017 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $35.00.
92 San Simeon 2017 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
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91 San Simeon 2017 Chardonnay, Monterey 14.9% (USA) $25.00.
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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.