Pale in color with a mild varietal nose with apple and pear coming through. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice apple and pear notes. The fruit is quite vibrant. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and dry with some nice acidity to it along with some vanilla. I would give the wine an 88 or so. As usual, be careful not to serve this too cold or you will miss out on the complexity of the wine. This is clearly oaked, but by no way over the top at all. The LCBO refer to it as Fully Bodied and rich and I would agree!
From the LCBO web site Check stock:
McManis Chardonnay 2016 — VINTAGES#: 265983
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
A medium-bodied, balanced California Chardonnay with soft acidity, and attractive flavours of peach and pear. Finishes with pineapple and buttered toast. This winery is Certified Sustainable, practicing farming and winemaking methods that have a lower impact on the environment. Pair with salmon casserole. Drink: 2017-2019. Score – 90. (Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com, Aug. 5, 2017) $19.95
Release Date:January 6, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in:California, USA By:Mcmanis Family Vineyards Sugar Content:4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry
From the winery’s web site:
Appellation: River Junction Vineyard Designation: River Junction
Harvest Date: August 14 – 22, 2016 Sugar 23.7 Acid 6.18 g/L pH 3.57
Aging New and Used French and American Oak Fermentation Stainless Steel
Bottling DateApril 2017 – First Bottling
The grapes for our 2016 Chardonnay were harvested between August 14 – 22nd, 2016 with an average Brix of 23.7. The wine was cold fermented in Stainless Steel and filtered prior to oak aging. Approximately two thirds of the wine was allowed to go through Malolactic Fermentation to further add to the complexity of the wine.
The 2016 McManis Family Vineyards Chardonnay is light golden straw in color. Bright fruit aromas of Pear, Melon and Peach are accompanied by a bouquet of Vanilla, Hazelnut, and a hint of buttered popcorn. The wine is rich, creamy and full of sweet Pear, Banana and toasty oak flavors.