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Kirkland Signature

Kirkland Signature
2018 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$12
Best Buy
Cellar Selection

Kirkland Signature
2018 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
Pale golden straw color. Oaky aromas and flavors of whipped cream, apricot, Poire Williams, vanilla bean, honeycomb, and hints of espresso with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish with heavy oak flavor. A silky, dreamy Chardonnay with great integration of fruit flavors and luxury oak.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: whipped cream, apricot, poire williams, vanilla bean, honeycomb, and hints of espresso
Taste Flavor: whipped cream, apricot, Poire Williams, vanilla bean, honeycomb, and hints of espresso
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A silky, dreamy chardonnay with great integration of fruit flavors and luxury oak.

The Producer

Mach Flynt Inc.

The Producer
1020 Pujo Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
USA
1 337-794-0572

Their Portfolio

87 Clone 7 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 14.4% (USA) $13.99.
89 Clone 7 2017 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.9% (USA) $12.99.
88 Clone 7 2016 Red Blend, Syrah, Columbia Valley 14.3% (USA) $12.99.
BR Clone 7 2017 Merlot, Columbia Valley 14.3% (USA) $10.99. - Bronze Medal
90 Clone 7 2017 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley 13.3% (USA) $9.99.
87 Clone 7 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley 13% (USA) $8.99.
88 Clone 7 2018 Rosé, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $9.99.
92 Clone 7 2018 Riesling, Columbia Valley 11.5% (USA) $9.99.
85 Cursive 2018 Chardonnay, California 14% (USA) $9.00.
86 Cursive 2018 Pinot Noir, Central Coast 13.8% (USA) $14.00.
88 Cursive 2019 Pinot Grigio, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $7.00.
85 Kirkland Signature 2018 Kirkland Signature, Pinot Grigio, California 12% (USA) $7.99.
90 Kirkland Signature 2018 Kirkland Signature, Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $7.99.
90 Kirkland Signature 2017 Kirkland Signature, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 14.5% (USA) $8.99.
92 Kirkland Signature Traditional Holiday Egg Nog Liqueur 14.75% (USA) $9.99.
93 Kirkland Signature 2018 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $12.00.
91 Kirkland Signature 2018 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 13.9% (USA) $12.00.
90 Kirkland Signature 2018 Pinot Noir, Carneros 14% (USA) $9.00.
89 Kirkland Signature NV Brut, Champagne 12% (France) $19.00.
89 Mt. Fury 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope 14.1% (USA) $18.99.
88 Mt. Fury 2016 Merlot, Wahluke Slope 14.5% (USA) $16.99.
86 Mt. Fury 2017 Chardonnay, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $15.99.
89 Mt. Fury 2016 Red Blend, Wahluke Slope 14.8% (USA) $16.99.

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.