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Instigator

Instigator
2019 Chardonnay, Lodi

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .38%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$12.99
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Instigator
2019 Chardonnay, Lodi

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .38%
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple husk, herbs de provence, marigold, hardwood charcoal, and rubber leaf and sap with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, captivating, medium-length finish with notes of chestnut honeycomb, grilled apples, and smoked applewood with moderate oak flavor. A roasty, toasty oak-accented Chardonnay sipper.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: pineapple husk, herbs de provence satchel and marigold, hardwood charcoal, and rubber leaf and sap
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of chestnut honeycomb, grilled apples, and smoked applewood
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A roasty, toasty oak-accented Chardonnay sipper.

The Producer

O'Neill Beverages Co., LLC (dba O'Neill Vintners & Distillers)

The Producer
8418 S Lac Jac Ave
Parlier, CA 93648
USA
1 559-638-3544

Their Portfolio

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85 Instigator 2018 Red Wine, Lodi 15% (USA) $11.00.
88 Instigator 2019 Chardonnay, Lodi 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
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89 Spyglass 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $19.00.
87 Spyglass 2019 Pinot Noir, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $19.99.
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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.