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Weis Vineyards

Weis Vineyards
2021 Unoaked, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Fish Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: .6%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$18
Best Buy

Weis Vineyards
2021 Unoaked, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Fish Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: .6%
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of spicy tropical fruit relish and caramel apple with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, captivating, medium-long finish that presents notes of roasted pineapple and spiced nuts with no oak flavor. A clean, precise, and balanced unoaked Chardonnay with excellent flavor, structure, and restraint.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: spicy tropical fruit relish and caramel apple
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of roasted pineapple and spiced nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Turkey, Planked Walleye Pike , Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A clean, precise, and balanced unoaked Chardonnay with excellent flavor, structure, and restraint.

The Producer

Weis Vineyards

The Producer
10014 Day Rd
Hammondsport, NY 14840
USA
1 607-284-4011

Their Portfolio

91 Weis Vineyards 2020 Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $18.00.
95 Weis Vineyards 2020 Winzer Select A, Riesling, Finger Lakes 10.5% (USA) $26.00.
89 Weis Vineyards 2021 Gruner Veltliner, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $19.00.
96 Weis Vineyards 2021 Dry Rosé, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $19.00.
95 Weis Vineyards 2021 Dry Rosé, Zweigelt, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $23.00.
90 Weis Vineyards 2020 Semi Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $18.00.
94 Weis Vineyards 2019 Merlot, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $28.00.
94 Weis Vineyards 2017 Ice Wine, Riesling, Finger Lakes 9.5% (USA) $59.00.
95 Weis Vineyards 2019 Ice Wine, Riesling, Finger Lakes 9.5% (USA) $59.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2021 Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $18.00.
90 Weis Vineyards 2021 Winzer Select K, Riesling, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $24.00.
94 Weis Vineyards 2021 Winzer Select A, Riesling, Finger Lakes 10.5% (USA) $26.00.
89 Weis Vineyards 2021 Pinot Blanc, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $24.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2021 Heart Of The Lake, NY81.0315.17 Aravelle, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $19.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2021 Unoaked, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes 12% (USA) $18.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2021 Perle Rosé, Finger Lakes 11.5% (USA) $19.00.
93 Weis Vineyards 2020 Blaufrankisch, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $25.00.
91 Weis Vineyards 2020 Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $29.00.
89 Weis Vineyards 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Finger Lakes 12.5% (USA) $29.00.
95 Weis Vineyards 2020 Noble Select, Riesling, Finger Lakes 10.5% (USA) $109.00.
97 Weis Vineyards NV One Eighty Three Dessert Wine, Finger Lakes 20% (USA) $39.00.

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.