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Williamsburg Winery

Williamsburg Winery
2019 Wessex Hundred, Chardonnay, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$28

Williamsburg Winery
2019 Wessex Hundred, Chardonnay, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of buttered corn bread, toasty apple pastry, baked peach, and oak with a velvety, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish conveying nuances of pineapple with no oak flavor. A highly pairable Chardonnay with big oak, great acidity and juicy fruit.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Crisp & Lively & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: buttered corn bread, toasty apple pastry, baked peach, and oak
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of pineapple
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Tagine, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A highly pairable Chardonnay with big oak, great acidity and juicy fruit.

The Producer

The Williamsburg Winery

The Producer
5800 Wessex Hundred
Williamsburg, VA 23185
USA
1 757-258-0899

Their Portfolio

85 Williamsburg Winery 2016 Petite Fleur Limited Release, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $24.00.
88 Williamsburg Winery 2016 Limited Release, Petit Manseng, Virginia 13.7% (USA) $24.00.
88 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Adagio, Virginia 13% (USA) $75.00.
91 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Limited Release, Tannat, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $60.00.
86 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Reserve, Petit Verdot, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $49.00.
87 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Gabriel Archer Reserve Red, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $42.00.
88 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Trianon, Cabernet Franc, Virginia 12.3% (USA) $40.00.
BR Williamsburg Winery 2016 Wessex Hundred, Viognier, Virginia 12.4% (USA) $28.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Reserve, Merlot, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $40.00.
91 Williamsburg Winery 2015 Limited Release, Norton, Virginia 13.2% (USA) $39.00.
BR Williamsburg Winery 2015 Wessex Hundred, Petit Verdot, Virginia 13% (USA) $32.00. - Bronze Medal
92 Williamsburg Winery 2019 Wessex Hundred, Chardonnay, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $28.00.
88 Williamsburg Winery 2019 Limited Release, Chardonnay, Monticello 12.4% (USA) $28.00.
88 Williamsburg Winery 2019 Acte 12 Of 1619, Chardonnay, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $22.00.
BR Williamsburg Winery 2019 Stainless Steel Fermented, Chardonnay, Virginia 13.3% (USA) $19.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Williamsburg Winery 2017 Trianon, Cabernet Franc, Virginia 12.5% (USA) $40.00.
89 Williamsburg Winery 2017 Reserve, Petit Verdot, Virginia 13% (USA) $49.00.

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.