August Hill Winery Chardonel Brut Réserve NV

Member Review by Tyler Worth:

87 points. The aroma is quite pleasant with an almost Old World Blanc de Blancs quality to it. There are really nice sliced golden apple tones, some white floral notes, and a subtle bread dough quality. A good spin in the glass opens up some jasmine, rose petal, and red peppercorn aromas that add a very inviting complexity. The palate opens with a crisp bite of golden apple and a rich, creamy quality. Illinois wasn’t exactly the first place where I thought I would find a tropical flavored wine, but this is almost like taking a trip to the islands. There are lots of pineapple notes and marshmallows rolled in toasted coconut. There is a faint floral note and a bit of citrus on the finish, combined with a limestone minerality. This is a well made wine, very similar to a traditional Blanc de Blanc. It’s fresh and interesting with a good balance and a lasting finish. The $50 price tag is by no means cheap, and there have got to be hundreds of wines from California and France at the price point that can deliver this same level of quality, however, if you’re like me, and your obsessed with trying everything from everywhere, this is a solid buy. Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/07/15/post-42-tasting-illinois-chardonel/

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August Hill Winery:
August Hill Winery was built in July, 2004. The day before the first grapes arrived (September 19, 2004), we moved in tanks, presses and crushers to take on this first harvest. Next to arrive was the bottling equipment and then the many family and friends to help us bottle and label the first bottles of August Hill Winery wine. We have added additional equipment and even built a loading dock ... Read more
August Hill Winery was built in July, 2004. The day before the first grapes arrived (September 19, 2004), we moved in tanks, presses and crushers to take on this first harvest. Next to arrive was the bottling equipment and then the many family and friends to help us bottle and label the first bottles of August Hill Winery wine. We have added additional equipment and even built a loading dock to help us handle all of the bottles that are now passing through the winery. It is hard to believe that this building stood empty a few years ago when it was built. It is now filled with wine-making equipment and wine. The heart of the winery is the volunteers, family and friends who share our passion for creation. They help us with planting, pruning, harvesting, crushing, bottling, labeling, taste testing, transporting grapes and wine, repairing and so many other tasks that have contributed to our success. Read less

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Snooth User: Tyler Worth
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3.00 5
06/28/2011

87 points. The aroma is quite pleasant with an almost Old World Blanc de Blancs quality to it. There are really nice sliced golden apple tones, some white floral notes, and a subtle bread dough quality. A good spin in the glass opens up some jasmine, rose petal, and red peppercorn aromas that add a very inviting complexity. The palate opens with a crisp bite of golden apple and a rich, creamy quality. Illinois wasn’t exactly the first place where I thought I would find a tropical flavored wine, but this is almost like taking a trip to the islands. There are lots of pineapple notes and marshmallows rolled in toasted coconut. There is a faint floral note and a bit of citrus on the finish, combined with a limestone minerality. This is a well made wine, very similar to a traditional Blanc de Blanc. It’s fresh and interesting with a good balance and a lasting finish. The $50 price tag is by no means cheap, and there have got to be hundreds of wines from California and France at the price point that can deliver this same level of quality, however, if you’re like me, and your obsessed with trying everything from everywhere, this is a solid buy. Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/07/15/post-42-tasting-illinois-chardonel/




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