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.
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. 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. 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 dried apricot, lemon zest on spiced nuts, juicy tangerine, and toasted spice cake finish with moderate oak. 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. 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. 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
Veuve Monsigny NV Brut Champagne
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Attractive aromas of forelle pear, brioche with strawberry jam, lily, kiwi relish, aniseed, sage, and coriander with a round, racy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, distinctive, long fresh cut grass, turkish delight, smoked almond, and pressed flowers finish with light oak. A crisp and juicy Champagne with layers and layers of bright, memorable flavors.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Gyejacquot Fréres NV Prestige Vintage Brut Champagne
92 points
$52
Golden yellow color. Aromas of brioche, smoked cheddar, bruised pear, lemon zest, and croissant with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, intricate, medium-long butter cream, cinnamon dusted apples, black licorice, and Seville oranges finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A muscular champagne with mouthfilling notes of cream pastry.