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. A beautiful, complex, smoky Chardonnay that can compete with the best of them; relish now or cellar.
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. 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 apple pie a la mode, praline, and fine baking spices finish with fine, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A lush, fruity, oaky chardonnay with waves of tasty, creamy flavors.
Picket Fence 2015  Chardonnay
93 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Inviting aromas of homemade iced pear pie and caramelized crushed pineapple with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long buttery crumble, nutmeg, toasty oak, and wet stone finish with coating tannins and heavy oak. An appealing, lengthy and oaky Chardonnay.
93 points $15.99 Best Buy
Yarden 2016  Chardonnay
92 points
$22.99
Light gold color. Creamy aromas and flavors of toasted marshmallow, toasty banana Danish with caramel, egg nog with nutmeg, and vanilla extract with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length apple and pear compote, cookie edges, and creme brulee finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A toasty, creamy Chardonnay that will delight fans of the style.
92 points $22.99
Le Vigne 2017  Chardonnay
92 points
$18
Best Buy
Brilliant light gold color. Citrusy, clean, creamy, fresh, floral aromas and flavors of pineapple, sweet cream, and saffron with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long shaved coconut, apricot, and toasted pine nuts finish with soft, silky, well-integrated tannins and light oak. A delicious and lengthy chardonnay that wlll have you begging another sip.
92 points $18 Best Buy
R. Stuart 2015 Love, Oregon Chardonnay
92 points
$25
Light white gold color. Clean aromas of Fuji apple-mint, white florals, anise, and tangerine with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long underripe apricot, soft plantain, white miso, and white pepper finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A nuanced and charming Chablis-style Chardonnay from Willamette.
Sleeping Giant 2015 Buena Tierra Vineyard Chardonnay
92 points
$45
Rich old gold color. Spicy aromas of glazed nuts, apple chips, cinnamon-caramel, and banana bread with cloves with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a distinctive, very long honey on graham cracker, caramelized pineapple, allspice dram, and toasted sesame seed finish with coating, chewy tannins and heavy oak. A rich and spicy Chardonnay with a lengthy, chewy finish; an excellent example of Russian River Valley.
Kalaris 2014  Chardonnay
92 points
$55
Clear yellow straw color. Creamy aromas of toasted marshmallow, salted caramel, vanilla bean, white chocolate, and hazelnut creme with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long toasty oak and lemon tart finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and moderate oak. A serious Chardonnay with excellent acidity and aging potential.
Ivory & Burt 2014  Chardonnay
92 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Floral, attractive aromas of cherry bark, vanilla, orange blossom, and cherry blossom with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long farm-fresh apples, peach taffy, white pepper, and baking spices and dried orange finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A serious and well-balanced chardonnay.
92 points $16.99 Best Buy