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.
Brutocao 2015 Estate Bottled Hopland Ranches Chardonnay
94 points
$18
Best Buy
Gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of dried apples in vanilla yogurt and toasted nuts with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long graham cracker and pear tart finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and light oak. A Chardonnay with great balance and charming fruitiness.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Chardonnay
94 points $18 Best Buy
Napa Cellars 2014  Chardonnay
94 points
$22
Bright bright gold color. Fresh, oaky aromas of pina colada, pecan, toasted cinnamon, and caramel with a round, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length vanilla apple taffy, toasted pound cake, and baked pineapple finish with well-integrated, cottony, fruit, fine tannins and moderate oak. A vanilla-forward and balanced napa Chardonnay that delivers.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Chardonnay
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
Montevina 2015 Omira Hills Chardonnay
93 points
$10
Best Buy
Bright old gold color. Perfumed, fruity aromas of juicy pear, grilled peach a la mode, mango nectar, and apple blossom with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a layered, long apricot nectar, whole nutmeg, apple cinnamon compote, and vanilla yogurt finish with well-integrated, soft tannins and heavy oak. A terrific, singing wine, balanced with an endless finish.
93 points $10 Best Buy
Esser Vineyards 2015  Chardonnay
93 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Light yellow straw color. Toasty aromas of lemon poppyseed muffin and almond meal with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an intriguing, long white peach, orgeat, and tangerine finish with light oak. A thoughtfully constructed peachy Chardonnay.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Grgich Hills 2013 Estate Grown Chardonnay
93 points
$43
Pale light gold color. Roasted aromas and flavors of spice cake, vanilla almond, lemon pie crust, and wet pencil with a lightly tannic, crisp, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a complex, long baking apples, mango salsa, nutmeg, and burnt sugar finish with moderate oak. A nice crunchy, snappy Chardonnay that will be versatile.
Crane Family Vineyards 2014  Chardonnay
93 points
$44
Light golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach mango yogurt, cream of coconut, lemon muffin, and baking spice with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an appealing, medium-length vanilla cream, apple-lemon relish, and fennel finish with fruit, fine tannins and moderate oak. An elegant, fruit forward and plush wine that is a zippy alternative to classic Chardonnay.