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Wildwood Oak Winery

Wildwood Oak Winery
2018 Elk Vineyard "Regan’s Blend", Chardonnay, Lodi

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$33

Wildwood Oak Winery
2018 Elk Vineyard "Regan’s Blend", Chardonnay, Lodi

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Golden yellow color. Aromas of caramel drizzled apples, salted pretzels, bananas foster, and ripe tropical fruit with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, elegant, long hints of smoky dark roasted coffee, peach tart, and piña colada finish with heavy oak flavor. A sultry, velvety Chardonnay with copious amounts of fancy oak and decadent style; drink up.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity
Aroma Aroma: caramel drizzled apples, salted pretzels, bananas foster, and ripe tropical fruit
Taste Flavor: hints of smoky dark roasted coffee, peach tart, and piña colada
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A sultry, velvety Chardonnay with copious amounts of fancy oak and decadent style; drink up.

The Producer

Wildwood Oak Winery

The Producer
34088 Lake Breeze Dr
Yucaipa, CA 92399
USA
1 951-314-1740

Their Portfolio

91 Wildwood Oak Winery 2015 Abba Mokelumne River, Syrah, Lodi 14% (USA) $45.00.
88 Wildwood Oak Winery 2016 Summer’s Point, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 13.6% (USA) $40.00.
BR Wildwood Oak Winery 2017 Joshua’s Landing, Chardonnay, Lodi 13% (USA) $33.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Wildwood Oak Winery 2016 Abba Mokelumne River, Syrah, Lodi 15.1% (USA) $45.00.
BR Wildwood Oak Winery 2017 Abba Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 15.1% (USA) $35.00. - Bronze Medal
92 Wildwood Oak Winery 2018 Elk Vineyard "Regan’s Blend", Chardonnay, Lodi 14.5% (USA) $33.00.
91 Wildwood Oak Winery 2019 Kelsi Kreek Rosé, Grenache, Lodi 14.1% (USA) $33.00.
91 Wildwood Oak Winery 2017 Abba Vineyard "Mamma Mia", Syrah, Lodi 15.3% (USA) $37.50.
86 Wildwood Oak Winery 2018 Abba Vineyard "Rowan Down the River", Grenache, Lodi 15.1% (USA) $35.00.
92 Wildwood Oak Winery 2018 Abba Vineyard "Super Trouper", Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 15.1% (USA) $35.00.
89 Wildwood Oak Winery 2017 Abba Vineyard "Joshua’s Landing", Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 15.1% (USA) $35.00.
BR Wildwood Oak Winery 2018 Best of Abba Red Blend, Lodi 14.9% (USA) $35.00. - Bronze Medal
91 Wildwood Oak Winery 2018 "Mamma Mia" Abba Vineyard, Syrah, Lodi 15.1% (USA) $37.00.
85 Wildwood Oak Winery 2019 Chardonnay, Lodi 13.7% (USA) $33.00.
BR Wildwood Oak Winery 2019 Kelsi Creek 8.0 Rosé, Grenache, Lodi 14.1% (USA) $33.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Wildwood Oak Winery 2018 Best Of Abba Red Blend, Lodi 14% (USA) $35.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Wildwood Oak Winery 2019 "Amelia’s Cove" Abba Vineyard, Syrah, Lodi 15% (USA) $37.00.

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.