Full Review

Jarvis

Jarvis
2021 Unfiltered Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.9%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$215
Cellar Selection

Jarvis
2021 Unfiltered Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.9%
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of cream on brioche, fresh pineapple bread, spiced apple compote with clove, and tropical fruits and melon with vanilla with a round, lively, dry medium body and an elaborate, medium-long finish displaying notes of brioche and almond flour, green and yellow apple, dried lilies and edelweiss, and vanilla and nectarine with moderate oak flavor. A special wine that will benefit with age and it would be fun to taste this side by side with some white Burgundy, particularly Corton Charlemagne and Chassagne Montrachet to see where it stacks up.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World
Aroma Aroma: cream on brioche, fresh pineapple bread, spiced apple compote with clove, and tropical fruits and melon with vanilla
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of brioche and almond flour, green and yellow apple, dried lilies and edelweiss, and vanilla and nectarine
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A special wine that will benefit with age and it would be fun to taste this side by side with some white Burgundy, particularly Corton Charlemagne and Chassagne Montrachet to see where it stacks up.

The Producer

Jarvis Estate

The Producer
2970 Monticello Rd
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-255-5280

Their Portfolio

90 Jarvis 2017 Estate, Tempranillo, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $90.00.
95 Jarvis 2018 Will Jarvis’ Science Project, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $210.00.
94 Jarvis 2016 Merlot, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $150.00.
96 Jarvis 2015 Petit Verdot, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $180.00.
95 Jarvis 2016 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $160.00.
89 Jarvis 2016 Estate, Petit Verdot, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $195.00.
94 Jarvis 2016 Lake William Red Blend, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $270.00.
BR Jarvis 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $210.00. - Bronze Medal
94 Jarvis 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $230.00.
89 Jarvis 2013 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $400.00.
94 Jarvis 2019 Will Jarvis’ Science Project, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $220.00.
93 Jarvis 2018 Tempranillo, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $95.00.
95 Jarvis 2018 Merlot, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $190.00.
96 Jarvis 2015 Reserve, Merlot, Napa Valley 14.6% (USA) $310.00.
91 Jarvis 2020 Estate, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $95.00.
93 Jarvis 2020 Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $175.00.
94 Jarvis 2020 Unfiltered Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $195.00.
91 Jarvis 2019 Estate, Tempranillo, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $110.00.
93 Jarvis 2018 Lake William Red Blend, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $325.00.
93 Jarvis 2018 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $190.00.
96 Jarvis 2018 Estate, Petit Verdot, Napa Valley 13.9% (USA) $230.00.
92 Jarvis 2021 Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $105.00.
94 Jarvis 2021 Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $195.00.
94 Jarvis 2021 Unfiltered Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $215.00.
93 Jarvis 2014 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 13.9% (USA) $185.00.
94 Jarvis 2015 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 14.6% (USA) $180.00.
93 Jarvis 2013 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $215.00.
94 Jarvis 2014 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $210.00.
93 Jarvis 2014 Estate, Petit Verdot, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $205.00.

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.