About Chardonnay White Wine

About Chardonnay White Wine
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

Top Picks for Chardonnay

Tom Eddy 2016 Purrington Chardonnay
95 points
$75
Yellow straw color. Confected, baked aromas of apple streusel, walnut confection, baked pear with brown sugar glaze, and lemon bar with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long toasted pecan and smoked vanilla bean finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and heavy oak flavor. A beautiful, complex, smoky Chardonnay that can compete with the best of them; relish now or cellar.
Champagne Devaux NV Grande Reserve Champagne
94 points
$43
Light gold color. Aromas of french canelé pastry, brioche with apricot preserve, gunsmoke, and butter-poached apple with a round, racy, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, distinctive, long yuzu marmalade, salted parker dinner rolls, and dried pineapple finish. A NV champagne that will stand the test of time; smoky, svelte, and stimulating.
Champagne Devaux NV Cuvée D Champagne
93 points
$62
Golden yellow color. Inviting aromas and flavors of buttered brioche, smoked apricot preserves on greek yogurt, honey, musk, and pressed wildflowers with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a refreshing, medium-long finish with notes of spritz of lemon, pickled ginger, quartz, key lime pith, and pineapple on Hawaiian rolls with a suggestion of oak flavor. A super bright, slightly smoky Champagne with thick, sensuous aromas.
Maddalena 2016  Chardonnay
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Bright gold color. Aromas of dried apricot, pressed flowers, constant comment tea, fresh baked apple pie, white chocolate, and broiled meyer lemon with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, charming, medium-long caramel buttercream, shortbread, lime leaf, roasted sweet potato, and toasted coconut flake finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. An opulent chardonnay that fills the palate with decadent fruits and exotic spice.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Monte De Oro 2017 Galway Vineyard Estate Grown Chardonnay
93 points
$23
Yellow straw color. Aromas of fragrant ripe papaya, cantaloupe, macadamia nut brittle, cinnamon dusted snickerdoodle cookies, and coconut sticky rice with a velvety, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, subtle, long orgeat, grilled nectarine, toasted sweet rolls, and candied pineapple finish with moderate oak flavor. A flashy, concentrated Chardonnay from Temecula that offers a tropical soiree of flavors and memorable toasty oak.
Grgich Hills 2015 Estate Grown Chardonnay
93 points
$43
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe fig, buttered and roasted pineapple, key lime coconut patties, and dried banana with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and an effortless, intricate, long finish evoking impressions of dried apricot, lemon zest on spiced nuts, juicy tangerine, and toasted spice cake with moderate oak flavor. A lengthy Napa Chardonnay that is both juicy and buttery; a precisely balanced wine.
Kalaris 2015  Chardonnay
93 points
$55
Golden straw color. Aromas of white chocolate dipped apricot, honey, smoked pineapple, chrysanthemum, and jasmine tea with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length juicy pear confection, sweet spice cake, roasted coffee beans, and hazelnut finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A charming chardonnay packed with elegant flavors; very appealing.
Handley Cellars 2016 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay
93 points
$25
Straw color. Elegant aromas of lemon zest, heirloom apple, orange blossom, tart green apple, and toasted almonds in honey with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a distinctive, medium-long delicate herbs, wet slate, and apricots in creme finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A lovely high-acid chardonnay that is skillfully crafted and will offer years of excellent sipping.
J. Bookwalter 2016 Conner-Lee Vineyard Double Plot Chardonnay
93 points
$45
Straw green color. Buttery, tropical aromas and flavors of warm coconut custard pie, vanilla buttercream, and pineapple upside down cake with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, very long finish imparting notes of apple pie a la mode, praline, and fine baking spices with fine, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lush, fruity, oaky chardonnay with waves of tasty, creamy flavors.
Kirkland Signature 2016  Chablis Premier Cru
92 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of ripe pears and apricots, slate, dried white florals, and almond cookie with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a complex, long candied pineapple, toasted coconut, barley tea, and lemon-ginger finish with moderate oak flavor. Balance and nuance star in this pure, silky Chablis that is ready to drink or cellar.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy