Full Review

Mt. Monster

Mt. Monster
2017 Chardonnay, Limestone Coast

Pair this wine with:
Fish Game Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13% RS: .2%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$15

Mt. Monster
2017 Chardonnay, Limestone Coast

Pair this wine with:
Fish Game Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13% RS: .2%
Straw green color. Toasty, earthy aromas and flavors of vanilla mint cookie, lemon poppyseed muffin, caramelized fruits and nuts, and bamboo leaves with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish manifesting notes of grassy herbs, spiced apple, sweet cream, and lemon marinated mushrooms. An earthy chardonnay for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Funky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: vanilla mint cookie, lemon poppyseed muffin, caramelized fruits and nuts, and bamboo leaves
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of grassy herbs, spiced apple, sweet cream, and lemon marinated mushrooms
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Escargot, Seafood Stuffed Squash Blossoms, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An earthy chardonnay for the table.

The Producer or Importer

Kysela Pere Et Fils, Ltd.

The Producer or  Importer
331 Victory Rd
Winchester, VA 22602
USA
1 540-722-9228

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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.