2018 Chardonnay



Wildwood Oak Winery 2018 Elk Vineyard Chardonnay – Regan’s Bend

This is a classic California Chardonnay with defined toasted layers. The bouquet shows Meyer Lemon, Asian Pear, toasted baking spice and honeysuckle. The palate is full and lush with Meyer Lemon, Lush Asian pear, Chinese 5 Spices, salted caramel with a hint of vanilla and a long creamy finish.

Awards: Gold: Beverage Testing Institute,  Sunset International Wine Competition. Silver: San Francisco International Competition, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

What’s in a name? In 2014, the year that our grandson, Regan, was born, we wanted to make a wine to commemorate his birth. It was also an important year for us in that we had to decide what we going to do with our hobby of making wine. We were making a lot of wine that we could not sell so we just gave it away especially for local charities. In 2014, we made the decision to go commercial. We brought back the name for our 2018 Chardonnay. Regan’s older brother by 2 years and 1 day is Rowan. Regan’s Bend takes its name for the journey along a river. We have saved a few bottles of the 2014 Syrah to open when Regan turns 21. 

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The pairing: Consider pairing this wine with dishes that incorporate butter and cream like the Pasta with the Garlic Butter and Parmesan or Alfredo Sauce or fish/seafood and chicken/pork. 

The nose:  Meyer Lemon, Asian Pear, toasted baking spice, honeysuckle

The palate:  Meyer Lemon, Asian Pear, Chinese 5 Spice, salted caramel with a hint of vanilla and a creamy finish

Tech Talk:

  • Appellation: Lodi, CA
  • Composition: 100% Chardonnay
  • Sourcing: Elk Vineyard
  • Production: 70 cases
  • Aging: 9 months in medium toast French Oak (30% new)
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • TA: 0.48g/100ml
  • pH: 3.55
  • Residual Sugar: 0.30

2 reviews for 2018 Chardonnay

  1. Anita

    What people are saying:
    California’s answer to French Burgundy’s Montrachet
    Like a sunset in the groves

  2. Anita

    Review from Beverage Testing Institute
    Golden yellow color. Aromas of caramel drizzled apples, salted pretzels, bananas foster, and a ripe tropical fruit with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, elegant, long hints of smoky dark roasted coffee, peach tart, and pina colada finish with heavy oak flavor. A sultry, velvety Chardonnay with copious amounts of fancy oak and decadent style; drink up.

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