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Lawer Estates

Lawer Estates
2021 Cannon Block, Chardonnay, Knights Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.3% RS: .05%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$36

Lawer Estates
2021 Cannon Block, Chardonnay, Knights Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.3% RS: .05%
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of coconut cream, vanilla cake batter, apple, and citrus with a round, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of peach and apple, heavy cream, lemon custard, and passion fruit caramel sauce with light oak flavor. A California styled wine without getting heavy handed; a nice sipper for all occasions.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World
Aroma Aroma: coconut cream, vanilla cake batter, apple, and citrus
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of peach and apple, heavy cream, lemon custard, and passion fruit caramel sauce
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 California styled wine without getting heavy handed; a nice sipper for all occasions.

The Producer

Lawer Family Wines

The Producer
1255 Lincoln Ave
Calistoga, CA 94515
USA
1 703-909-2975

Their Portfolio

90 Lawer Estates NV Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine, California 13% (USA) $25.00.
91 Lawer Estates NV Brut Reserve Sparkling Wine, California 13% (USA) $22.00.
93 Lawer Estates 2017 Betsy’s Vineyard, Syrah, Knights Valley 14.9% (USA) $42.00.
96 Lawer Estates 2018 Barrel Select, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $115.00.
96 Lawer Estates 2018 Barrel Select, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $115.00.
92 Lawer Estates 2019 Betsy’s Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Knights Valley, Sonoma 14.5% (USA) $42.00.
93 Lawer Estates 2019 Barrel Select, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.6% (USA) $115.00.
93 Lawer Estates 2019 Barrel Select, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.6% (USA) $115.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2022 Betsy’s Vineyard Rosé, Syrah, Knights Valley 13.4% (USA) $25.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2022 Betsy’s Vineyard, Knights Valley 13.2% (USA) $25.00.
93 Lawer Estates 2018 Vineyard 600, Cabernet Sauvignon, Calistoga 14.6% (USA) $80.00.
89 Lawer Estates 2019 Betsy’s Vineyard, Syrah, Knights Valley 15.2% (USA) $50.00.
90 Lawer Estates 2019 Betsy’s Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Knights Valley 14.9% (USA) $42.00.
91 Lawer Estates 2019 Vineyard Select, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley 14.6% (USA) $115.00.
92 Lawer Estates 2021 Betsy’s Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Knights Valley 14.9% (USA) $42.00.
91 Lawer Estates 2021 Barrel Select, Pinot Noir, Knights Valley 14.9% (USA) $65.00.
90 Lawer Estates 2021 Cannon Block, Chardonnay, Knights Valley 14.3% (USA) $36.00.
90 Lawer Estates 2021 Cannon Block Unoaked, Chardonnay, Knights Valley 14.3% (USA) $30.00.
86 Lawer Estates 2021 Betsy’s Vineyard, Viognier, Knights Valley 14.2% (USA) $32.00.

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.