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Lobo

Lobo
2018 Single Vineyard Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.7% RS: <1%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$60

Lobo
2018 Single Vineyard Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.7% RS: <1%
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of cream soda, buttered popcorn, apple pie, and magnolia with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with heavy oak flavor. A creamy, oaky Chardonnay with staying power.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: cream soda, buttered popcorn, apple pie, and magnolia
Taste Flavor: cream soda, buttered popcorn, apple pie, and magnolia
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A creamy, oaky Chardonnay with staying power.

The Producer

Lobo Wines, LLC

The Producer
2275 Soda Canyon Rd.
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-224-8322

Their Portfolio

86 Lobo 2016 Wulff Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $45.00.
92 Lobo 2016 Howl Wulff Vineyards Custom Red Blend, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $65.00.
93 Lobo 2018 Single Vineyard Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $60.00.
92 Lobo 2017 Wulff Vineyards "Howl", Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $70.00.
93 Lobo 2017 Estate Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $70.00.
92 Lobo 2018 Estate Grown Single Vineyard, Merlot, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley 14.2% (USA) $65.00.
93 Lobo 2018 Estate Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $75.00.
92 Lobo 2017 Pinot Noir, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $50.00.
93 Lobo 2019 Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $65.00.
89 Lobo 2018 Howl Custom Red Blend, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $70.00.
94 Lobo 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $95.00.
91 Lobo 2019 Wulff Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $80.00.
93 Lobo 2019 Wulff Vineyards, Merlot, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $70.00.
93 Lobo 2020 Wulff Vineyard, Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $70.00.
90 Lobo 2018 Wulff Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $50.00.
BR Lobo 2021 Wulff Vineyard Rosé, Pinot Noir, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $28.00. - Bronze Medal
94 Lobo 2019 Howl Custom Red Blend, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $70.00.

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.