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April 2013 - US - Chardonnay

April 2013 - US - Chardonnay
This month's Wine feature is US - Chardonnay Wines

US - Chardonnay Reviews

Anaba 2010 Wente Clone Chardonnay
94 points
$35
Golden straw color. Meshed aromas and flavors of baked lemons and apples and praline with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, tropical citrus, vanilla and spice nuanced finish. Delicious with fantastic acidity and table appeal.
Anaba 2010 Gaps Crown Vineyard Chardonnay
94 points
$37
Rich aromas and flavors of apple pie, coconut, and dried pineapple with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, tangy honeycrisp apple and creamy vanilla finish. This is classic Sonoma chardonnay with great style and balance.
Darcie Kent 2011 DeMayo Vineyard Chardonnay
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Golden color. Rich aromas of vanilla flan and pineapple-lemon pie with a silky,fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, juicy coconut-vanilla cream, toasty kiwi-lime tart, and spicy white toffee finish. A decadently delicious oak aged chardonnay that is effortlessly drinkable.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Viansa 2011 Estate Chardonnay
93 points
$30
Aromas and flavors of apple tart and banana and coconut custards with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, pineapple upside down cake, creme Anglaise, and delicate spiced nut finish. A very tasty and voluptuous chardonnay for sipping or lobster rolls.
Mooney Family 2011  Chardonnay
93 points
$38
Nice nose, ripe fruit scents, mostly apples with a fresh cream back note. On the palate ripe pineapples come on. Tangy big flavors are refreshing. Youthful, creamy vanilla and spice finish.
Parmelee-Hill 2010 Estate Grown Chardonnay
93 points
$42
Deep golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of toasty coconut-banana cream pie and spiced apples with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy tropical citrus, nut brittle, creme brulee, and mineral accented finish. A nicely styled chardonnay with an Old World meets New World charm.
Easley 2011 Vintner Reserve Chardonnay
92 points
$19.75
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of coconut cream pie, caramel apple, and white blossoms with a rich, supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, baking spices, crunchy apple, tart pineapple, and praline driven finish. A juicy well oaked chardonnay that has a lot of class and balance. Serve with Alaskan king crab.
92 points $19.75 Best Buy
Viansa 2011  Chardonnay
92 points
$22
Aromas of nougat, dried coconut, and pineapple cake with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and wonderfully balanced, apple and citrus sorbet, spice, and mineral accented finish. A very classy and pure chardonnay for sipping or the table.
Anaba 2010 Sun Chase Vineyard Chardonnay
92 points
$35
Golden yellow color. Aromas of coconut, dried pineapple, and apple scone with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy apple and Meyer lemon sorbet driven finish. A lively sipper or table companion.
Easley 2011 Non-Oak Chardonnay
91 points
$12
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Mellow aromas of honeycomb, spiced nuts, baked apple, lemon, curd and kiwi with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body follow with lively, tangy flavors sand a juicy mouthwatering honeyed melon accented finish. Delicious and vibrant.
91 points $12 Best Buy
Concannon 2011 Conservancy Chardonnay
91 points
$15
Best Buy
Zesty aromas of caramelized lemons and pineapples, Key lime pie, and spiced white toffee with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and an Asian spice and kiwi accented finish. Great acidity and uniquely spicy and lively.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Pollak Vineyards 2011 Estate Grown Chardonnay
91 points
$20
Golden silver color. Aromas of ripe yellow apples on the tree with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a creamy, pineapple gelato, vanilla nougat, and delicate spice finish. Wonderful balance and restraint with a solid core of fruit and creamy oak.
Laguna 2010 Laguna Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay
91 points
$35
Rich creamy aromas of vanilla flan, white toffee, ginger-apple tart, and delicate exotic spices with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a kiwi sorbet, mango, and spiced apple finish. Very flavorful and fun.
Kalaris 2011 "Lynnes Cuveé" Chardonnay
91 points
$55
Toasted oak, stone fruit and a green apple notes encapsulate the lovely bouquet. Later got a nice hint of butter cream and kiwi. Rich entry, supple flavors with an upturned finish. Very elegant and Burgundian in style.
Domaine Napa 2011  Chardonnay
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Floral nose of peach, lychee, and key lime custard. Easy rich flavors follow. Fun tangy finish and nicely integrated oak. Sure to please.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Weibel Family 2009 Estate Bottled Chardonnay
90 points
$14.95
Best Buy
Enticing, yet subtle nose of spiced apples, cardamon and nougat. Rich flavors follow seamlessly along with a lengthy balanced finish.
90 points $14.95 Best Buy
Robert Hall Winery 2011  Chardonnay
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of lemon tart, praline, and spiced apple with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a round vanilla and tangy pineapple accented finish. Lovely refreshing balance for sipping or the table with seafood.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Frei Brothers 2010 Reserve Chardonnay
90 points
$20
Aromas of pineapple cake, caramelized nuts, spiced pear, and sour cream frosting with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy apple sauce, lemongrass tea, and kiwi-melon sherbet accented finish. A tasty and refreshing chardonnay that will cover a lot of bases.
Storyteller 2011 "Summer Camp" Chardonnay
90 points
$24.99
Golden silver color. Aromas of exotic tropical fruit smoothie and buttery praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and juicy melon sorbet, kiwi, lime curd and spiced apple finish. A nice zesty, chardonnay for sipping or Asian food.
90 points $24.99
Manzoni Estate 2011 North Highlands Cuvée Chardonnay
90 points
$30
Deep straw color with an emerald copper cast. Fun nose: toasted coconuts, a bit of a buttery caramel note and grilled pineapple. Full-bodied and rich lively flavors follow with a nice oak spice finish.
Schug 2011 Heritage Reserve Chardonnay
90 points
$35
Golden yellow color. Toasty aromas and flavors pineapple creme brulee, apple pie, and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a well balanced oak spice, cedar, and mineral nuanced finish. Very classy and balanced.
Hacienda 2011  Chardonnay
89 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla custard, spiced apple, and pineapple sorbet with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, tangy, lemony, palate cleansing finish. A really nice California chardonnay.
89 points $8.99 Best Buy
Alba 2011 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
89 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Pale golden color. Floral aromas of raw honeycomb, jasmine orange tea, and exotic tropical fruits with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, spicy apple, pineapple, praline, and mineral accented finish. Very distinctive and tasty.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Anaba 2010  Chardonnay
89 points
$28
Bright golden color. Aromas of custard, spiced nuts, and green apple tart with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a melon, white strawberry and pineapple accented finish. A crisp refreshing chardonnay with emphasis on fruit versus oak.
Sinclair Estate 2011  Chardonnay
89 points
$28
Ripe yellow apple, lime and a light caramel aroma is the first impression. Lemony flavors follow with good length and balance and the clean, toasty finish lingers. A tasty well-rounded chardonnay.
Reynolds Family Winery 2010  Chardonnay
89 points
$29
Warm rich nose of buttered toast/brioche and a hint of honey crisp apples. On the palate, the first impression is butter cream, bit of turned earth and the richly textured flavors linger. This wine has the balance and acidity to improve with age.
R&B Cellars 2011 "Sarabande" Chardonnay
89 points
$30
Gold color. Aromas of tropical fruit custard tart and lime cookie with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, praline and vanilla nuanced finish. A very nice sipper.
Forest Glen 2011  Chardonnay
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of lemon cream pie and cinnamon apple tart with a silky, fruity medium body and a creme brulee and tangy pineapple finish. A juicy, refreshing and delicious chardonnay that is sure to please.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Coastline 2011  Chardonnay
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Green apple aromas lead with a hint of key lime mousse and toast. Richly textured flavors follow along with lively acidity. A great choice for scallops or a nice sipper.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Castoro Cellars 2011 Estate Grown Chardonnay
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Lightly toasty aromas of spiced nuts and pineapple upside down cake with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, apple sauce and lemon gelato finish. A tasty, straightforward chardonnay for sipping or roasted poultry.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Wollersheim 2011  Chardonnay
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of cashew toffee, coconut and apple tart with a soft, dryish medium body and a tangy, tart pineapple and creamy vanilla finish. A nicely oak chardonnay for sipping or the table.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Austerity 2011 Proprietary White Wine California
88 points
$16
Golden silver color. Nice nose - scents of ripe fruits, specifically apricots and a hint of vanilla taffy. Easy rich rounded flavors follow. Nice impression of fruity sweetness makes this a crowd pleasing sipper.
Parkers Estate 2011 Blue Ash Road Chardonnay
88 points
$19.99
Aromas of pineapple cake and lemon buttercream with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a rounded apple sauce, melon, and lime zest accented finish. A sturdy table wine.
88 points $19.99
Tolosa 2011 No Oak Chardonnay
88 points
$21
Warm toasty yeast notes lead with a bit of lemon cream and green apples. Full-bodied and apple notes dominate retronasally. Refreshing acidity and a brisk, minerally finish. Very dry and Chablis-like.
Schug 2011  Chardonnay
88 points
$24
Aromas of baked apples, kiwi, floral honeycomb, and lemon cream with a supple, dryish medium body and a passionfruit, apple, lime, and flint accented finish. A solid table wine to pair with roasted chicken.
Tulocay 2010 Haynes Vineyard Chardonnay
88 points
$25
Aromas of lemon yogurt, honeycomb, and apple with a soft, dryish medium body and a tangy Meyer lemon and mineral driven finish. A nicely restrained Chardonnay for the table.
Cedar Creek 2011 Unoaked Chardonnay
87 points
Golden straw color. Aromas of baked pears, apples, and nuts with a supple, dryish medium body and a kiwi, lemon, tarragon, and mineral accented finish. A nice dry chardonnay that will be good with grilled fish and seafood.
Barefoot NV  Chardonnay
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Spiced apple cider and nougat notes. On the palate more sweet yellow apple, pineapple along with a bit of earthiness. A pretty easy drink and the simple, tasty flavors are in balance.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Backhouse 2011  Chardonnay
87 points
$7
Best Buy
Clean warm, creamy scents along with a nice honey crisp apple note. Easy simple balanced flavors follow, with a light impression of sweetness.
87 points $7 Best Buy
Grove Ridge 2011  Chardonnay
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Golden silver color. Aromas of apple pie with dulce de leche and coconut gelato with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, brown spice, vanilla and pineapple-lemon sorbet driven finish. A solid sipping chardonnay.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Leaping Lizard 2011  Chardonnay
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright nose of kiwi, lemon meringue and a bit of gravel. Easy flavors follow. Nicely balanced with a crisp, lightly toasted finish.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Montpellier 2011  Chardonnay
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of pineapple yogurt, apple nut tart, and lemon curd with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, tangy, nicely balanced vanilla kissed finish.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Harlow Ridge 2011  Chardonnay
87 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of toasty caramelized nuts, apple custard pie and dried pineapple with a soft, dryish medium body and a tart pineapple, vanilla and spice accented finish. Tasty.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Carmenet 2011 Reserve, Vintner’s Collection Chardonnay
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of toasty nuts and coconuts and pineapple cake with a silky fruity medium body and a vanilla cream and tangy green caramel apple finish. A tasty, fruity sipper.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Chessman 2010  Chardonnay
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Bright aromas of grilled pineapple, spicy poached apples, and peach creme brulee with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a pleasant, praline, grilled kiwi and mineral accented finish. A pleasant, toasty chardonnay.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Six Degrees 2011  Chardonnay
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Aromas of gravel, Jolly Rancher apple candy and a hint of lemon cream. Flavors are framed in a nice toastiness. Good length and balance along with an easy supple texture and a piña colada and apple pie like finish.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Alexandria Nicole 2012 "a-SQUARED" Chardonnay
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Fun scents of apple pie and lime candies lead. Later as the wine opened up more of a refreshing tropical candy nose. That said, supple soft balanced fruit flavors were the first impression and these lingered with a bit of warmth in the finish.
87 points $14 Best Buy
ONEHOPE 2009 Reserve Chardonnay
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of spiced apple and meringue with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a very smooth and balanced roasted pineapple, cream, and nut accented finish. A very even and pleasant sipper or table with restrained fruit and oak.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Colter’s Creek 2010 Reserve, Colters Creek Vineyard Chardonnay
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Deep straw color with an emerald cast. Roasted apple notes and a very supple attack. Soft mouth feel and would like a bit more, depth and length. Later a cookie dough note come on as the wine improved with air. A good table wine or light sipper.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Lewis Station NV Oaked Chardonnay
87 points
$15.99
Bright golden color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed grilled pineapple and lemon custard pie with a fruity medium body and a round, tangy, toasty caramel apple finish. A very fruity and crowd pleasing chardonnay.
87 points $15.99
Chatom 2011  Chardonnay
87 points
$18
Golden yellow color. Aromas of coconut creme brulee, papaya-mango tart, and pineapple gelato with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy, praline and peppery spice finish. A mellow chardonnay for sipping.
Sharrott 2011 Barrel Reserve Chardonnay
87 points
$22.99
Golden yellow color. Bright aromas of grilled pineapple, dark caramelized nuts, pickling spices, and sautéed apples with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a bold creme brulee and nut finish. An interesting combination of rich charred oak character and delicate texture.
87 points $22.99
Pend d’Oreille 2011  Chardonnay
86 points
Nice expansive tropical citrus nose, toffee aromas dominate along with ripe honeycrisp apple notes. Easy entry but flavors tighten up with a taut youthful finish. A nice sipper.
The Naked Grape NV  Chardonnay
86 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Bright aromas of sliced pineapple and spicy carrot cake with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and an apple sauce and lemon curd finish. Fruity and tasty.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Redwood Creek 2011  Chardonnay
86 points
$8
Best Buy
Pale golden color. Interesting aromas of pineapple upside down cake, spice, and faint turkey jerky with a soft, silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and tangy apple sauce, cream, praline accented finish. A nice relaxed sipper.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Line 39 2011  Chardonnay
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Nice nose - mostly buttercream and later a hint of caramel. Baked ripe apple flavors dominate the palate. Easy flavors linger with a toasty tight finish.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Cupcake 2011  Chardonnay
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Toasty aromas are overshadowed by a molten plastic notes. Ripe yet easy rounded soft Meyer lemon flavors and a nice tangy finish.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Two Rivers 2011  Chardonnay
86 points
$14.50
Best Buy
Pale golden color. Toasty aromas suggest graham crackers, ginger snaps, and butter sautéed nuts with a supple, dry medium body and a dried pineapple and lemon, apple-vanilla custard, and grassy earth finish. Nice restraint and sense of place.
86 points $14.50 Best Buy
Redtree 2011  Chardonnay
85 points
$8
Bright vibrant nose of yellow apples, Motts Apple Sauce and even a hint of Jolly Rancher Apple Candy. Rounded sweet-tart flavors follow with a grippy short finish.
Save Me, San Francisco 2011 "Calling All Angels" Chardonnay
85 points
$9.99
Roasted apple notes and a hint of butter. Rounded easy simple flavors follow and a bit of parchment in the finish detracts.
85 points $9.99
Fat Cat 2011  Chardonnay
85 points
$11.99
Nice nose, warm baked apple notes lead with a bit of bread toast. Easy, fruity flavors with a compact spicy apple pie and lemon custard finish. A nice crowd pleasing chardonnay.
85 points $11.99
Silver Ridge 2011  Chardonnay
85 points
$11.99
Nice toasted nut notes and a baked ripe apple pie/cake scent came on with air. Easy entry and flavors then fade nice. A pleasant every day sipper.
85 points $11.99
Picket Fence 2011  Chardonnay
85 points
$15.99
Aromas of waxy fruity lip balm, dried apple, kiwi and pineapple, and nougat with a silky dryish medium body and a relaxed honey cream, pepper, apple and melon accented finish. A nice carefree sipper.
85 points $15.99
Westport 2010 "Lighthouse White" Washington
85 points
$25
Light, shy nose, a bit of vanilla cream followed by subtle ripe peach skin scents. Easy flavors and finish follow. A simple, pleasant quaffer.
Nitty Gritty 2011  Chardonnay
85 points
$29.99
Lumberyard sawdust notes lead with nice apple sauce back notes. Flavors are clean but come off as a bit dilute in spite of the nicely balanced flavors.
85 points $29.99
Forestville 2011  Chardonnay
84 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of waxy honeycomb, vanilla salt water taffy, and spiced apple with a soft, fruity medium body and a tangy lemon curd on toasted Hawaiian bread finish. A pleasant sipper.
84 points $6.99 Best Buy
Turning Leaf 2011  Chardonnay
84 points
$8
Interesting nose of apples custard, pineapple and cardamon. Appealing flavors but the finish is just a bit dilute.
Coastal Ridge 2011  Chardonnay
84 points
$8.99
Spiced apple sauce and a hint of pineapple custard tart are the lead scents. Light, fruity flavors follow with a tart, spicy finish. Pleasant.
84 points $8.99
Colter’s Creek 2010 Colters Creek Vineyard Chardonnay
84 points
$10
Deep straw color. Nose of soft lemon curd and a hint of pastry. Nice medium flavors with a tangy, spiced apple finish.
Q 2009  Chardonnay
84 points
$11.99
Aromas of citrus yogurt, spiced nuts and grassy herbs with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a pineapple-papaya relish and vanilla accented finish. Try with chicken fajitas.
84 points $11.99
Maryhill 2010 Proprietors Reserve Chardonnay
84 points
$16.95
Muted nose of apples and a bit of buttered caramel corn. Very soft, medium bodied with shy, yet well balanced flavors. A bit of alcohol peeks through on the finish.
84 points $16.95
Almaden NV Heritage Series Chardonnay
84 points
$20
Dusty lemon zest and apple notes lead. Earthy flavors and scents of apples on the ground. Easy ripeness is pervasive with balanced flavors but a bit dilute on the finish.
Motos Liberty 2011  Chardonnay
83 points
$11.99
Muted nose of apples and a bit of roasted pineapple. Easy simple lemony but slightly dilute flavors follow.
83 points $11.99
White Truck 2011 Unoaked Chardonnay
83 points
$11.99
Aromas of apple sauce and subtle hints of balsa wood follow through to an easy entry and agreeable, soft flavors. An easy-going sipper.
83 points $11.99
Magistrate 2011  Chardonnay
83 points
$14.99
Deep straw color with a golden amber cast. Smoky, ash notes lead and a bit of dried citrus. Dried twigs and a bit of char-roasted pineapple and a tart, cinder-like mid-palate. Pair with grilled shrimp.
83 points $14.99
Westport 2010 "Shorebird" Chardonnay
83 points
$21
Ripe green apple skin, Schweppes bitter lemon and toasty, light soy and mushroom aromas. Rounded easy medium flavors with a warm, dry, mossy finish.
Westport 2010 "Bordello Blonde" Washington
83 points
$23
Ripe apple skin notes with a light stemmy backnote. Off-dry with taut drying, earthy flavors following and a brisk finish.
CalNaturale 2010  Chardonnay
82 points
$12.99
Baked parchment and peach pit aromas dominate the nose. Light apple scents came on later but the flavors are minimal and earthy and come up short on the finish
82 points $12.99
Bordeleau 2008 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
82 points
$15
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple vinaigrette, cinnamon bark, roasted hazelnuts, and green tomatoes on the vine with a flabby, dry medium body and a nut oil, spiced carrot and pear and nut driven finish. A bit all over the place and out of balance.
Carlo Rossi NV  Chardonnay
81 points
$5.99
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of lemon tart, apple and sour cream with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a wispy apple sauce, honey, and wax paper accented finish. A carefree sipper to serve with a good chill.
81 points $5.99
flipflop 2011  Chardonnay
81 points
$8
Molten plastic and waxy reductive aromas lead. Spiced applesauce flavors came on with an brisk lightly peppered finish.
Heron Hill Winery 2011 Ingle Vineyard, Unoaked Chardonnay
81 points
$17.99
Pale golden silver color. Shy aromas of apple phosphate, lemon yogurt, and coconut juice with a hint of latex. Soft and dryish with a medium body and a tart, drying green apple, honeydew and nutskin finish. Serve with scallops.
81 points $17.99
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