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Rooftop Reds

Rooftop Reds
2018 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.6%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$19

Rooftop Reds
2018 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.6%
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of butter roasted coconut, pecan pie, and grilled pineapple with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish that shows touches of vanilla coconut milk, papaya, and pickled apple with moderate oak flavor. A rich, oak-forward Chardonnay with surprising balance, suppleness and integration on the palate given the big oaky nose; oaky Chardonnay lovers, take note.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World, Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: butter roasted coconut, pecan pie, and grilled pineapple
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with touches of vanilla coconut milk, papaya, and pickled apple
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich, oak-forward Chardonnay with surprising balance, suppleness and integration on the palate given the big oaky nose; oaky Chardonnay lovers, take note.

The Producer

Point of the Bluff Vineyards LLC

The Producer
8524 Broadview Heights
Keuka Park, NY 14478
USA
1 585-259-7186

Their Portfolio

93 Hangar 17 NV Red Blend, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $9.00.
86 Hangar 17 NV Curtiss White Blend, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $9.00.
86 Point of the Bluff Vineyards 2018 Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $20.00.
87 Point of the Bluff Vineyards 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $30.00.
85 Point of the Bluff Vineyards 2017 Chardonnay, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $13.00.
90 Point of the Bluff Vineyards 2016 Semi-Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $13.00.
92 Point of the Bluff Vineyards 2016 Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $19.00.
87 Point Of The Bluff Vineyards 2020 Reserve Rosé, Blaufrankisch, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $29.00.
87 Point Of The Bluff Vineyards 2021 Chardonnay, Finger Lakes 13% (USA) $16.00.
88 Point Of The Bluff Vineyards 2021 Reserve Dry Rosé, Blaufrankisch, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $25.00.
86 Point Of The Bluff Vineyards 2020 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $30.00.
90 Point Of The Bluff Vineyards 2018 Estate Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $19.00.
86 Point Of The Bluff Vineyards 2018 Reserve, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $15.00.
88 Point Of The Bluff Vineyards 2020 Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $12.00.
88 Rooftoop Reds 2019 Blaufrankisch, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $30.00.
94 Rooftop Reds 2017 Riesling, New York State 11.6% (USA) $18.00.
89 Rooftop Reds 2019 Blaufrankisch, New York State 12% (USA) $30.00.
91 Rooftop Reds 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, New York State 12% (USA) $25.00.
93 Rooftop Reds 2018 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, New York State 11.6% (USA) $25.00.
86 Rooftop Reds 2021 Dry Rosé, Finger Lakes 11.6% (USA) $21.00.
88 Rooftop Reds 2019 Gewurztraminer, Finger Lakes 11.6% (USA) $21.00.
92 Rooftop Reds NV Sweater Weather Red Blend, Finger Lakes 11.6% (USA) $25.00.
86 Rooftop Reds 2018 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes 11.6% (USA) $19.00.

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.