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William Heritage

William Heritage
2022 Reserve Gravel Block Vineyard, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$44

William Heritage
2022 Reserve Gravel Block Vineyard, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7%
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of green and yellow apple, apricot, and cream cheese with a velvety, lively, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, quick finish with elements of yellow apple, fun dip sugar stick, cream cheese frosting, and candied flowers. A richer and candied version of a leaner Chardonnay that should appeal to dry white wine drinkers with a bit of a sweet tooth.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World
Aroma Aroma: green and yellow apple, apricot, and cream cheese
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with elements of yellow apple, fun dip sugar stick, cream cheese frosting, and candied flowers
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A richer and candied version of a leaner Chardonnay that should appeal to dry white wine drinkers with a bit of a sweet tooth.

The Producer

William Heritage Winery

The Producer
480 Mullica Hill Road
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
USA
1 856-589-4474

Their Portfolio

92 William Heritage 2020 Unoaked, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $26.00.
85 William Heritage 2020 Viognier, Outer Coastal Plain 13.6% (USA) $24.00.
91 William Heritage 2020 Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 12.8% (USA) $24.00.
90 William Heritage 2020 Semillon, Outer Coastal Plain 13.7% (USA) $28.00.
90 William Heritage 2019 Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
88 William Heritage 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Outer Coastal Plain 13.3% (USA) $30.00.
85 William Heritage 2019 Five Gen Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain 12.9% (USA) $35.00.
88 William Heritage 2018 Blanc de Blancs, Outer Coastal Plain 12.4% (USA) $40.00.
92 William Heritage 2018 Blanc de Noirs, Outer Coastal Plain 12.7% (USA) $46.00.
89 William Heritage 2021 Limited Release, Chenin Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain 12.7% (USA) $32.00.
89 William Heritage 2021 Limited Release, Semillon, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $34.00.
87 William Heritage 2021 Estate Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain 13.1% (USA) $38.00.
94 William Heritage 2021 Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 12.9% (USA) $26.00.
92 William Heritage 2021 Estate Reserve Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 13% (USA) $34.00.
94 William Heritage 2020 Estate Reserve Five Gen Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain 13.4% (USA) $42.00.
94 William Heritage 2019 Estate Reserve Norman’s Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain 13.8% (USA) $48.00.
87 William Heritage 2020 Estate Reserve Burn Pile Vineyard, Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 13% (USA) $48.00.
95 William Heritage 2019 Reserve BDX Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain 13.6% (USA) $50.00.
86 William Heritage NV Select, Chardonnay, American 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
86 William Heritage NV Select Rosé, American 13.2% (USA) $24.00.
91 William Heritage 2022 Coeur d’Est Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain 13.7% (USA) $34.00.
89 William Heritage 2019 Reserve Blanc De Blancs, Outer Coastal Plain 12.1% (USA) $46.00.
88 William Heritage 2019 Reserve Blanc De Noirs, Outer Coastal Plain 12.2% (USA) $48.00.
90 William Heritage 2022 Reserve Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 13.2% (USA) $34.00.
92 William Heritage 2022 Reserve Grenache Syrah Rosé, Outer Coastal Plain 13.4% (USA) $36.00.
88 William Heritage 2022 Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Outer Coastal Plain 13.2% (USA) $38.00.
87 William Heritage 2022 Reserve White Blend, Outer Coastal Plain 14% (USA) $36.00.
85 William Heritage 2022 Reserve Gravel Block Vineyard, Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain 13.7% (USA) $44.00.
88 William Heritage 2022 Reserve BDX Blanc White Blend, Outer Coastal Plain 13.3% (USA) $40.00.
91 William Heritage 2021 Reserve Burn Pile Vineyard, Chambourcin, Outer Coastal Plain 13.3% (USA) $40.00.
91 William Heritage 2021 Reserve BDX Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain 12.7% (USA) $50.00.
90 William Heritage 2021 Reserve Five Gen Red Blend, Outer Coastal Plain 12.4% (USA) $45.00.

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.