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2016 Ashfield California Chardonnay

2016 Ashfield California Chardonnay Zoom

This toasty, tasty wine offers impressions of pear, apple, fig and spice.

Varietal: Chardonnay Vintage: 2016
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71 Ratings (4.5/5.0) Rating: 5 Buy It Again Score (82%) Rate this wine
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About This Wine

Is there a better way to unwind after a long day than with a glass of Chardonnay?

We think not. Especially when the wine is made by Ashfield Cellars, which takes special pride in producing Chardonnay of exceptional character, with an alluring aroma and abundant flavor.

For its 2016 vintage, Ashfield sought out grapes from a number of California’s prime growing regions, with the goal of crafting a true “California cuvee.” Chardonnay is a grape variety that prefers cooler climes, and the Golden State just happens to be home to a number of regions that fit that profile, typically influenced by proximity to the Pacific Ocean.

In order to help make the wine accessible and enjoyable in its youth, Ashfield added small amounts of other white varieties, which served to lighten the mouthfeel while expanding the flavor spectrum. And while the finished wine pairs perfectly with chicken pot pie, we’d much rather savor it solo.

About Chardonnay

Relatively easy to grow in a variety of locations. Consistently produces some of the world's great white wines. Complex, full, rich and fruity with soft edges and moderate acidity. Offers rich and intense fruit flavors of apple, fig, melon, pear, peach, pineapple, along with creamy yeast spice, honey, butter and hazelnut flavors.

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Tasting Notes

  • Grape Composition:Chardonnay and Other White Varieties
  • Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
  • Aromas & Flavors:Toast, Pear, Apple, Fig and Mild Spice Notes
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2019
  • Food Pairing Suggestion:halibut, or chicken pot pie.

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4.5/ 5.0
Rating: 5

71 Ratings


    • Rating: 5


    1/07/2019 Pamala S G.
    • Franktown, CO
    • Rater Rank 359
    • Number of Ratings 4
    • Average 5.0
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 5

    Fresh and bright! A+

    8/20/2018 Susan D.
    • Clarklake, MI
    • Rater Rank 346
    • Number of Ratings 7
    • Average 3.9
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 5

    drinkable, enjoyable

    7/12/2018 Nichole B.
    • La Grande, OR
    • Rater Rank 249
    • Number of Ratings 8
    • Average 3.6
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 5

    very light taste

    6/18/2018 Mannon W.
    • Sneads, FL
    • Rater Rank 791
    • Number of Ratings 4
    • Average 4.0
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 5


    6/18/2018 Ben P.
    • Annandale, NJ
    • Rater Rank 1,047
    • Number of Ratings 2
    • Average 4.0
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 5

    As good as any chardonnay I've had

    6/16/2018 Michael A.
    • Fairview, PA
    • Rater Rank 798
    • Number of Ratings 4
    • Average 5.0
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 5

    Herbal and buttery, smooth. A nice wine for accompanying cheese and crackers.

    6/11/2018 James S.
    • Albuquerque, NM
    • Rater Rank 1,067
    • Number of Ratings 2
    • Average 4.5
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 5

    I can find it cheaper elsewhere and will purchase this wine again, elsewhere.

    6/11/2018 Sandra T.
    • Rochester, NY
    • Rater Rank 932
    • Number of Ratings 3
    • Average 3.0
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 5


    6/10/2018 William W.
    • Fairport, NY
    • Rater Rank 934
    • Number of Ratings 3
    • Average 3.2
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 5

    I personally prefer oakey chardonnay.I would buy this again to entertain with as it was light and refreshing.

    6/07/2018 Jennifer F.
    • Williston, VT
    • Rater Rank 826
    • Number of Ratings 4
    • Average 3.5
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 5

    not a fan of chardonnay

    6/05/2018 Charles O.
    • Greenback, TN
    • Rater Rank 831
    • Number of Ratings 4
    • Average 4.0
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again


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    Chicken Breasts With Wine Sauce Enjoy this delicious main dish with Sauvignon Blanc a.k.a. Fume BlancChardonnay. It makes 4 to 6 servings. Get The Recipe
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