Aged in American Oak Barrels for eight months, this Chardonnay opens with a delightful toasted oak aroma with undertones of fresh thyme. The first sip of this reserve wine delivers crisp green apple flavors that quickly mellow and blend with pleasant buttery tones and a lasting oaky, vanilla finish.
GOLD: 2015 Sommelier Challenge (2014 vintage);
SILVER: 2017 World Value Wine Challenge (2016 vintage);
SILVER: 2015 INDY International Wine Competition (2014 vintage);
BRONZE: 2018 Tastings World Wine Championships (2016 vintage)
Bursting with bright tropical notes on the nose, the 2020 vintage of Barrel Aged Chardonnay showcases coconut, star fruit, honeysuckle, and butter at first approach. This vintage started on 9/19/20 which is early for Chardonnay but due to the warm temperatures in the summer, the grapes were harvested when an ideal acidity to brix ratio was met. Fermentation took 10 days in 100% American oak barrels, followed by malolactic fermentation, and kept on the lees for 4 months to provide that traditional barrel chardonnay taste. Strong notes of coconut and pineapple are vividly apparent upon first taste with outlying notes of lemon peel and yellow apple. The winemaking crew recommends pairing this with a brie-style cheese or butternut squash on a nice crisp fall day.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair it with rich dishes like steak bearnaise, veal or lamb chops, and decadent shellfish and risotto - sharp cheddar or blue cheeses also pair well.
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