Full Review

Mossback

Mossback
2016 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Pork Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: <1%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$18

Mossback
2016 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Pork Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: <1%
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of granny smith apple, roasted walnuts, bruleed lemon slices, and brown sugar with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy finish revealing notes of dried apricot, fine tobacco, and guava with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A vibrant Chardonnay from Russian River Valley with great acidity that makes it great aperitif.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: granny smith apple, roasted walnuts, bruleed lemon slices, and brown sugar
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of dried apricot, fine tobacco, and guava
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Duck Breast With Fruit Compote, Fruit Stuffed Roasted Pork, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A vibrant Chardonnay from Russian River Valley with great acidity that makes it great aperitif.

The Producer

Matchbook Wine Co.

The Producer
12300 County Rd 92B
Zamora, CA 95698
USA
1 530-662-1032

Their Portfolio

85 Black’s Station 2015 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Dunnigan Hills 13.9% (USA) $12.00.
87 Black’s Station 2014 Red Blend, Yolo County 13.9% (USA) $12.00.
89 Black’s Station 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yolo County 13.9% (USA) $12.00.
89 Black’s Station 2014 Malbec, Yolo County 13.9% (USA) $12.00.
90 Black’s Station 2016 Chardonnay, Yolo County 13.9% (USA) $12.00.
93 Chasing Venus 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 13% (New Zealand) $16.00.
93 Chasing Venus 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 13% (New Zealand) $16.00.
87 Matchbook 2015 Rose of Tempranillo, Dunnigan Hills 13.9% (USA) $12.00.
86 Matchbook 2012 Tempranillo, Dunnigan Hills 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
86 Matchbook 2012 Syrah, Dunnigan Hills 13.9% (USA) $16.00.
89 Matchbook 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Dunnigan Hills 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
89 Matchbook 2015 "Old Head" Estate Bottled, Chardonnay, Dunnigan Hills 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
90 Matchbook 2012 Tinto Rey, Dunnigan Hills 13.9% (USA) $17.00.
87 Matchbook 2013 Syrah, Dunnigan Hills 13.9% (USA) $16.00.
86 Mossback 2014 Pinot Noir, Central Coast 13.9% (USA) $18.00.
93 Mossback 2014 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 13.9% (USA) $25.00.
84 Mossback 2014 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 13.9% (USA) $18.00.
90 Mossback 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chalk Hill, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $25.00.
92 Mossback 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chalk Hill, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $25.00.
92 Mossback 2014 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 13.9% (USA) $25.00.
88 Mossback 2016 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $18.00.
87 Sawbuck 2014 Chardonnay, California 13.9% (USA) $10.00.
89 The Arsonist 2014 Chardonnay, Dunnigan Hills 14.3% (USA) $22.00.
88 The Arsonist 2014 Red Blend, California 14.3% (USA) $22.00.
88 Tinto Rey 2014 Verdejo, Dunnigan Hills 14.3% (USA) $18.00.

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.