Full Review

Hot Springs Hill

Hot Springs Hill
2016 Chardonnay, Central Coast

Pair this wine with:
Pork Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: <1%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$25

Hot Springs Hill
2016 Chardonnay, Central Coast

Pair this wine with:
Pork Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: <1%
Yellow straw color. Floral aromas of diced pineapple, lilac, papaya, sliced lemons, and pepper with a satiny, vibrant, dry light body and a medium-long toasted baguette and ground baking spices finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A oaky Central Coast Chardonnay with plenty of food-friendly acidity.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky
Aroma Aroma: diced pineapple, lilac, papaya, sliced lemons, and pepper
Taste Flavor: toasted baguette and ground baking spices
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Serrano Ham, Charcuterie, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A oaky Central Coast Chardonnay with plenty of food-friendly acidity.

The Importer

Votto Vines Importing, Inc.

The Importer
1004 Sherman Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514
USA
1 203-910-8210

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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.