April 2012 - US - Chardonnay

This month's Wine feature is US - Chardonnay Wines
US - Chardonnay Reviews
198068
Ledson
2010 "Tres Frais" Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Interesting aromas of mango, papaya, macadamia nougat, and warm creme Anglaise with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, layered, spicy, zesty finish. Deliciously exotic.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197900
Deep Sea
2008 Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Lush coconut macaroon and vanilla frosted pistachio cake aromas with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy lemon-kiwi sorbet and toasty meringue finish. A decadent confectionary styled chardonnay that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197199
Ghost Pines
2010 Winemaker's Blend Chardonnay
Pale golden color. Toasty coconut cream and apple pie aromas with a silky, fruity medium body and a long, tangy, seamless pineapple sorbet, kiwi, and spicy praline accented finish. Delicious and sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197725
Hooker
2010 "Breakaway" Chardonnay
Pale golden color. Delicate pineapple, praline and lemon cream pie aromas and flavors with a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a elegant melon, apple and spicy nut accented finish. Very nice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197974
Norman
2009 Reserve Chardonnay
Expressive aromas of apple-mango chutney, coconut cake, and spicy praline with a rounded fruity medium-to-full body and a pure, mouthwatering crushed apple, clementine, and honeydew sorbet finish. Deliciously vibrant.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197197
William Hill
2009 Chardonnay
Golden color. Lovely aromas of pineapple soufflé and coconut cream with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a graceful, delicately spicy, nutty finish. An expressive well balanced, lightly oaked table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198069
Ledson
2010 Chardonnay
Bright golden color. Aromas of angel food cake crust and delicate floral bath talc with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy apple, caramelized nut, and pineapple sorbet finish. A nice elegantly styled chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198005
Pend d’Oreille
2010 Vickers Vineyard Chardonnay
Aromas of lemon curd, pineapple tart and honeyed apple with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nicely balanced and refreshing citrus, apple and melon driven finish. Very nice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197897
Four Vines
2010 "Naked" Chardonnay
Rich aromas of creamy piña colada and honeyed cake with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a bright, ripe apple and Meyer lemon finish. Zesty and flavorful.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197901
CalNaturale
2009 Chardonnay
Aromas of toasty coconut cake, honeycomb, papaya, and mint with a dryish medium body and a tart, refreshing brown spice, melon, lemon, and chalk driven finish. A pure, zesty chardonnay for the table.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197853
Biltmore Estate
2010 Reserve Chardonnay
Bright golden silver color. Aromas of lemon buttercream, praline and dried pineapple with a silky fruity medium body and a tangy, citrus soufflé, apple and peach skin finish. Very crisp and balanced.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197870
Rutherford Ranch
2010 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Lemon curd, pineapple, and spicy nougat aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, spicy Meyer lemon sorbet, butterscotch, and kiwi marmalade finish.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197196
Bridlewood
2009 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Attractive aromas of pound cake, pineapple sorbet, and coconut shavings with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, nicely balanced creamy vanilla and apple sauce finish. Very polished and tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197879
Heitz
2009 Chardonnay
Golden silver color. Mild floral aromas of kiwi, melon, and coconut with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body yellow apple and honeyed Meyer lemon finish. A crisp, precise table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198074
Reynolds Family Winery
2009 Chardonnay
Bright golden color. Creamy pistachio nougat, caramel, coconut, and toasted marshmallow aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a sweet spicy apple sauce, lime sorbet, and pineapple pie finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197876
Lynfred
NV Cuvée White American
Golden yellow color. Rich roasted nut, apple sauce and lemon buttercream aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a buttery hazelnut praline, honeyed kiwi accented finish. Classy and quite oaky.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198099
Chateau Fontaine
2010 Chardonnay
Pale golden silver color. Fresh aromas of pineapple gelato, melon and earth with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a honeyed pineapple, green apple, kiwi and delicate spice finish. Compact and tidy; a nice choice for the table.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197762
Hawk Haven
2010 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas of roasted pineapple and toasty meringue with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and a honeyed apple, lemon mousse, fruit salad, and delicate brown spice accented finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197818
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2010 Wetzel Family Estate Chardonnay
Pale golden yellow color. Mild aromas of apple pie a la mode and coconut soufflé with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, warming, nicely balanced kiwi, praline and mineral accented finish. A nice Old World styled chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197198
Frei Brothers
2009 Reserve Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of baked tropical citrus, nuts and coconut with a hint of latex. Supple, fruity, medium-bodied with honeyed apple, pineapple and mango notes emerging on the graceful finish. A nice sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198253
Cupcake
2010 Chardonnay
Beeswax candle, dusty spices, and baked apple and pineapple aromas with a silky fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty kiwi, mango custard, and spicy caramelized nut finish. Lovely tropical flavors and lively acidity make this a pleasure to drink.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197851
Biltmore Estate
2010 Reserve Chardonnay
Pale silvery gold color. Aromas pistachio nougat and tropical citrus and flowers with a dryish medium body and a tangy, pineapple, lemon, grassy earth driven finish. A nice dry table wine.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198059
Cape May
2010 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Wet matchstick, grilled pineapple, coconut and peach and crushed nut aromas with a brisk, dryish light-o-medium body and a tart, orange and melon rind finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197724
Duck Shack
2010 Chardonnay
Pale golden silver color. Lemon curd, melon, and minty spice aromas with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, apple, quince, lemon and nutshell finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197852
Biltmore Estate
NV Sur Lies Chardonnay
Pale golden yellow color. Bright aromas of citrus and melon sorbets and floral bath soap with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a snappy, lemon spritzed apple finish. Very refreshing.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198038
Wollersheim
2010 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Toasty praline, pineapple cake, and buttercream with a silky, dryish medium body and a crisp, apple and lime accented finish. A nice lightly oaky and dry chardonnay for the table.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197798
Rooster Hill
2010 Chardonnay
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of grilled pineapple and honey spiced nuts with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium body and a smooth, baked apple, Meyer lemon and earth finish. A nice sipper.
85 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197650
Heritage Ranch
2010 Chardonnay
Pale golden color. Aromas of vanilla salt water taffy and dried pineapple with a dryish light-to-medium body and a pencil shaving and floral bath talc accented finish.
84 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197898
Mark West
2010 Chardonnay
Roasted caramelized nut, rubber and pineapple cake aromas with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy lemon sorbet, green apple skin, and mineral accented finish. A zippy sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198037
Cedar Creek
2010 Unoaked Chardonnay
Pale golden yellow color. Mild aromas of baked apples and lemons with a soft dry light-to-medium body and a crisp, brisk, mineral accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197899
Deep Sea
2009 Chardonnay
Waxy honeycomb, kiwi, and apple pie aromas with a soft, dryish medium body and a caramelized citrus and nut and dusty apple skin accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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