November 2012 - US - Chardonnay

This month's Wine feature is US - Chardonnay Wines
US - Chardonnay Reviews
199445
Hawkstone
2011 Barney's Heritage Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Aromas of dark raspberries, exotic spices and cherries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a round, tangy craisin, dried apple and dusty earth accented finish. Excellent complexity and lush tannins.
93 points $28.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200251
Parmelee-Hill
2009 Estate Grown Chardonnay
Deep golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts, vanilla salt water taffy, and baked pineapple with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tart, spicy apple pie driven finish. A delicious and poised chardonnay that will be great with lobster.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199497
Jarvis
2010 Chardonnay
Bright golden color. Aromas of apple pie, coconut cream, and roasted pineapple with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy citrus, cream, and melon finish. Very elegant and appetizing; pair with lobster.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199496
Jarvis
2010 Chardonnay
Rich golden color. Bold aromas of buttercream, nougat and pineapple pie with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a caramel apple, cream and spiced Meyer lemon finish. A plush zesty chardonnay with a Montrachet-like character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200365
HandCraft
2011 Chardonnay
Toasted nut and baked pineapple and apple aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy citrus, melon, and cream accented finish. Nice Old World style balance and purity of fruit. Pair with sautéed fish and seafood dishes.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200367
Noble Vines
2011 446 Chardonnay
Pale golden color. Aromas of toasted coconut and tropical citrus with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and tangy spiced apple, lime pie, and meringue finish. A delicious and lively chardonnay for all occasions.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200368
Irony
2011 Chardonnay
Aromas of roasted nuts, mocha and baked citrus with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty kiwi, toasty lime tart, and mineral driven finish. A vibrant chardonnay for sipping or paired with spiced grilled seafood.
91 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199595
Parmelee-Hill
2008 Estate Grown Chardonnay
Deep golden color. Bold aromas of spicy pineapple upside down cake and cream with a tangy fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, concentrated lemon and apple pie finish. A big, zesty chardonnay with a classy balance of fruit and oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198608
Jarvis
2010 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Bold roasted nut brittle, pineapple cake, and vanilla cream with silky, fruity medium-to-full body a long, tangy, juicy spiced apple and kiwi gelato finish. A beautifully poised and resonantly flavorful oak aged chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200123
Peirano
2011 The Heritage Collection Chardonnay
Aromas of lemon buttercream, roasted coconut, singed herb, and spiced apple with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, tropical fruit medley finish. A lively, flavorful everyday chardonnay that gets it right. Pair with seafood, poultry and grilled veggies.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200256
Duck Shack
2011 Chardonnay
Aromas of apple, lemon curd, and pineapple with a tangy medium body and a round, juicy citrus and delicate spice finish. A very appetizing chardonnay that will be great with grilled fish dishes or coconut shrimp.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200093
Williamsburg Winery
2010 Vintage Reserve Chardonnay
Golden color. Aromas of spicy pineapple cake and baked apple with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, citrus, mocha cream and nougat finish. A tasty well balanced sipper or table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198379
Main & Geary
2010 Chardonnay
Mild lemon curd and pineapple slice aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, citrus and spiced apple driven finish. Very tasty.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200085
Tolosa
2010 "No Oak" Chardonnay
Vibrant spiced apple, lime, and melon aromas with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a racy, citrus driven finish. A very lively and purely fruited chardonnay that will be lovely on its own or with Asian fish dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200193
Handley
2011 Whispering Oak Vineyard Chardonnay
Pale golden color. Mild spiced lemon, brown sugar and apple aromas with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a praline and kiwi accented finish. Excellent vibrant and mouthwatering acidity make this a great choice for grilled fish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200186
Ledson
2011 Chardonnay
Pure golden color. Aromas of spiced apples and cashew brittle with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart lemon-orange curd and earth finish. A very nice table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200187
Ledson
2011 Chardonnay
Ripe pineapple and coconut custard aromas with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy baked apple and spice accented finish. Nice balance and a solid core of fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198383
Lucky Star
2010 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Creamy pineapple custard and apple pie aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, citrus sorbet finish. A nice lively sipper for afterwork unwinding.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200497
Cannonball
2010 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas of nut brittle and pineapple cake with a round, fruity medium body and a toasty, vanilla and caramel apple finish. A tasty everyday sipper.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198382
Wheelhouse Wine Cellars
2010 Chardonnay
Aromas of pineapple and peach pie with a silky, fruity medium body and a tangy, apple and spice accented finish. A solid chardonnay for sipping or casseroles.
88 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200092
Williamsburg Winery
2010 "Acte 12 of 1619" Chardonnay
Bright golden color. Spicy aromas of spicy apple sauce and vanilla toffee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a toasted nut, buttercream, and earth accented finish. A solid table chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200366
Black Stallion
2010 Estate Chardonnay
Golden color. Bright spiced apple and nougat aromas with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mild, tart citrus and green apple finish. Pair with grilled fish of coconut shrimp.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200264
Heitz
2010 Chardonnay
Pale golden color. Bright apple, waxy lemon and honeyed melon rind aromas and flavors with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty, lime and tart pineapple finish. A very racy and refreshing chardonnay to pair with grilled shrimp and seafood.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200258
Hooker
2011 "Breakaway" Chardonnay
Aromas of orange, melon and pineapple with a tangy medium body and a mouthwatering citrus, pistachio and delicate spice finish. Pair with seafood lasagna.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200257
Three Coins
2011 Chardonnay
Aromas and flavors of apple, lime, and pineapple crumble with a tangy, medium body and a juicy and mouthwatering kiwi accented finish. Very tasty; Pair with grilled shrimp/
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200194
Parallel
2010 Chardonnay
Bold aromas of coconut buttercream and pineapple upside down cake with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a yellow apple, melon, peppery spice and guava accented finish. A big spicy chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198384
Kumbaya
2010 White Wine Blend California
Pale golden straw color. Fruity peach, nougat, and orange sorbet aromas with a soft, fruity light to medium body and a tangy honeyed apricot and pear finish. A tasty, fruity sipper.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200369
Gnarly Head
2011 Chardonnay
Toasty aromas of roasted nut brittle and baked tropical fruits with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, pineapple and lemon-lime curd finish. Tasty. Pair with fried chicken and seafood lasagna.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200478
CalNaturale
2010 Chardonnay
Golden color. Yeasty apple pastry and lemon curd aromas with a spry, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy starfruit and lime sorbet accented finish. A lively sipper of pair with chicken fajitas.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198380
Shiloh Road
2010 Chardonnay
Aromas of dried blossoms, green apple, and pineapple with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and tart, spicy, earthy finish. A nice zesty chardonnay.
87 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200191
Robert Hall Winery
2011 Chardonnay
Aromas of pineapple cake and praline with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy orange, nut and mineral finish. A nicely structured table wine; pair with chicken piccata.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200192
Handley
2011 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay
Mild citrus marmalade and spicy pear sauce aromas with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp lemon sorbet and mineral finish. A zesty seafood chardonnay to pair with oysters.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200419
Unionville Vineyards
2011 "Fox Series" Chardonnay
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of overripe apricot and apple crumble with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy citrus, nut brittle and earth accented. A sturdy earth chardonnay for the table.
86 points $15.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200491
Burlwood
2011 Chardonnay
Mild aromas of kiwi, pineapple slices, and nut brittle with a soft fruity-yet-dry light-o-medium body and a relaxed apple sauce and lemon ice cream finish. A nice carefree sipper.
84 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198381
Donovan-Parke
2010 Chardonnay
Aromas of overripe pineapple, apples on tree, and lemon yogurt with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy green apple accented finish. A sturdy sipper or pair with chicken biryani.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200094
Round Barn
2011 Chardonnay
Pale golden color with faint spritzy bubbles. Slightly stemmy aroma of apples on the tree, spiced pineapple, and nectarine pits with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and an earthy apple core and lemon finish. A rustic chardonnay for the table.
84 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200364
Tyee
2010 Estate Chardonnay
Golden silver color. Aromas of apple pie, vanilla praline with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a very tart lemon, nectarine pit and dusty earth finish. A tart, earthy chardonnay for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200370
Bota Box
2011 Chardonnay
Aromas of nut brittle, matchstick, pineapple jam, and grilled apples with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tart, fleeting finish.
83 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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