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.
Jarvis 2017 Estate Grown Chardonnay
94 points
$80
Pale golden straw color. Fruity, oaky aromas and flavors of cedar embers, sliced apple, dried mango, and yellow plum with a supple, tangy, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of pineapple core, granny smith , chai spice, crystallized honey, and caramel corn with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An instantly appealing Chardonnay with balanced fruit and oak.
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.
Jarvis 2017 Finch Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay
93 points
$145
Golden straw color. Aromas of dry roasted nuts, honeycrisp apple, cantaloupe, and honeycomb with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length caramel sauce and pineapple pastry finish with moderate oak flavor. A smooth and fruity Napa Chardonnay with flinty minerality, great structure and elegant texture.
Jarvis 2017 Finch Hollow Vineyard Unfiltered Chardonnay
93 points
$160
Yellow straw color. Aromas of Hawaiian papaya, honeyed peach, and toasted crumpet with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, prodigious, long chess pie and black tea with cream finish with moderate oak flavor. An elegant, layered Chardonnay with superb sophistication and integration.
Iron Hub 2016 Small Lot Chardonnay
93 points
$28
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pickled apples, saffron, sliced pineapple, flint, and nutmeg-spiced nuts with a vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, layered, long finish with notes of fine tea with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bright and tropical Chardonnay that will delight lovers of the style.
Youngberg Hill 2016 Aspen Chardonnay
93 points
$40
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of honey graham cracker, peach blossom, rice candy, tropical rooibos tea blend, and flaky croissant with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, thought-provoking, very long finish displaying nuances of flint with moderate oak flavor. Stunning minerality, concentrated fruit, unique nuance; drink this Chardonnay.
Ledson 2016 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay
93 points
$44
Gold color. Aromas of orchard fruit, toasted brioche, and flint with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a long apple compote, whipped creme, and yuzu finish. A somewhat Burgundian Chardonnay with creamy oak and flinty mineral flare.
Zina Hyde Cunningham 2016 Adelines Vineyard Chardonnay
93 points
$48
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of smoked grape leaves, brown butter, blistered persimmon, and pineapple-jicama relish with a vibrant, full body and a long finish that shows accents of white pepper and toasted Hawaiian bread. A thoughtfully constructed, complex and distinctive Chardonnay with flamboyant, quirky style.
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.