Full Review

Lifevine

Lifevine
2021 Chardonnay, California

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.4%
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$21

Lifevine
2021 Chardonnay, California

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.4%
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of matchstick, grilled apple, damp forest floor, and cedar attic with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, odd, brisk finish imparting accents of fallen fruits, kefir, and moss with light oak flavor. A funky, earthy Chardonnay for cheeses.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Funky
Aroma Aroma: matchstick, grilled apple, damp forest floor, and cedar attic
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of fallen fruits, kefir, and moss
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Aged Manchego, Baked Brie, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A funky, earthy Chardonnay for cheeses.

The Producer or Importer

Integrated Beverage Group

The Producer or  Importer
351 California Street
Denver, CO 80221
USA
1 925-395-6843

Their Portfolio

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88 Dhos Bittersweet Non-Alcoholic Aperitif 0% (USA) $24.00.
86 Dhos Orange Non-Alcoholic Liqueur 0% (USA) $24.00.
BR Duck Pond 2017 Fries Family Cellars, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 13% (USA) $19.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Duck Pond 2018 Fries Family Cellars, Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
BR Duck Pond 2020 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 13.5% (USA) $19.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Duck Pond 2020 Pinot Gris, Oregon 13% (USA) $16.00.
93 Duck Pond 2021 Rosé, Oregon 12.4% (USA) $14.00.
89 Lifevine 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.7% (USA) $15.00.
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88 Lifevine 2018 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
BR Lifevine 2020 Pinot Noir, Oregon 13% (USA) $21.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Lifevine 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.9% (USA) $21.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Lifevine 2021 Chardonnay, California 14.4% (USA) $21.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Replica 2018 Retrofit, Chardonnay, Carneros 14.5% (USA) $20.00.
85 Replica 2017 Just Right, Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
90 Replica 2019 Label Envy, Pinot Noir, North Coast 13.9% (USA) $20.00.
89 Replica 2020 Misbehaved, Pinot Noir, California 13.9% (USA) $16.00.
86 Replica 2020 Pickpocket Red Blend, California 14.9% (USA) $24.00.
93 Swing Set 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14.7% (USA) $50.00.
87 The Great Oregon Wine Company 2017 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 13.5% (USA) $20.00.
BR The Great Oregon Wine Company 2019 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 12.5% (USA) $35.00. - Bronze Medal

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.