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November 2013 - US - Chardonnay

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

US - Chardonnay Reviews

Renteria 2012  Chardonnay
94 points
$40
Golden color. Interesting aromas of baked apple, toasted lemon scone, and seared back bacon with supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, baked pineapple, praline, vanilla, and spice accented finish. Great flavor and complexity.
Grgich Hills 2010 Estate Grown Chardonnay
94 points
$42
Golden color. Rich aromas and flavors of smoked nuts, grilled pineapple and apple, and herb biscuit with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, savory, and concentrated pickling spice and exotic citrus accented finish. A great oak-accented table wine that will be fun to pair with.
Tulocay 2009 Cadman, Haynes Vineyard Chardonnay
93 points
$25
Golden color. Aromas of honeydew melon, nougat, apple, pear, delicate spice, and earth with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy kiwi, vanilla toffee, and mineral finish. A rich, well balanced chardonnay for all applications.
City Winery 2012 Reserve, Scopus Vineyard Chardonnay
93 points
$38
Pale golden color. Rich aromas and flavors of fresh, toasty pineapple upside down cake, honeydew melon sorbet, and vanilla toffee with a satiny medium-to-full body and a long mango, lime gelato, and apple accented finish. A fantastically flavorful chardonnay with great structure for the table.
Twin Oaks Tavern 2012  Chardonnay
92 points
$21
Golden color. Rich aromas of buttery cashew brittle, pickling spices, and apple tart with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy Meyer lemon, green apple, relish, and vanilla cream accented finish. A delicious, zesty chardonnay for all occasions.
CRU 2011 Montage Chardonnay
92 points
$23
Pale golden color. Aromas of lemon meringue pie and apple custard with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a elegant, creme Anglaise, baking spice, melon and pineapple finish. A stylish chardonnay for all applications.
10Span 2012  Chardonnay
91 points
$13
Best Buy
Golden color. Aromas and flavors of spiced melon, jasmine, pink peppercorn, and pineapple chutney with silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy herb, vanilla, and incense accented finish. A zesty, flavorful chardonnay that will go great with sushi and mild Asian dishes.
91 points $13 Best Buy
Weibel Family 2012  Chardonnay
91 points
$14.95
Best Buy
Golden silver color. Bright tropical aromas of mango, papaya, and pineapple custard with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy mandarin orange, Meyer lemon, spiced nut, and vanilla accented finish. Excellent exotic fruit and acidity for sipping or the table.
91 points $14.95 Best Buy
Three Coins 2012 Betsys Vineyard Chardonnay
91 points
$26
Golden yellow color. Toasty aromas of apple custard pie, pineapple cake, and lime gelato with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy sweet citrus, honeycrisp apple and praline finish. A nice tangy chardonnay for the table.
Unionville Vineyards 2012 Pheasant Hill Chardonnay
91 points
$51.95
Golden color. Aromas of apples, limes, and and nougat with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy clementine, kiwi, and earth accented finish. Nice vibrancy, balance and purity of fruit. A great table wine or sipper.
91 points $51.95
Adler Fels 2012  Chardonnay
90 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Interesting aromas of tropical fruit salad, whole nuts, and apple butter with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a melon and tart green apple finish. A nicely balanced chardonnay.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Napa Ridge 2012  Chardonnay
90 points
$19.99
Aromas of buttery roasted nuts, honeycomb, and spicy apple tart with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy pineapple and cream accented finish. Very tasty and mouthwatering.
90 points $19.99
Rutherford Vintners 2012  Chardonnay
90 points
$19.99
Golden yellow color. Aromas of spicy poached apples and chestnuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, sweet citrus, vanilla, pineapple and melon accented finish. A nice flavorful chardonnay with very good purity and balance for sipping or the table.
90 points $19.99
Schug 2012  Chardonnay
90 points
$30
Golden silver color. Mild aromas of baked apples, gherkin, and roasted nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, kiwi, grilled clementine, pineapple and earth accented finish. A rock solid table wine.
Laguna 2011 Laguna Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay
90 points
$35
Old gold color. Oak forward aromas of polished wood, honey roasted nuts, creme brulee and pineapple cake with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a melon, kiwi, spiced apple and praline accented finish. Robust oak and tangy fruit driven chardonnay.
Unionville Vineyards 2012 Bell Well Chardonnay
90 points
$35.95
Golden color. Aromas and flavors of toasted nuts and apple tart with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy pineapple, cream, and delicate mineral accented finish. Very nice purity of fruit and balanced oak to support.
90 points $35.95
King Ferry NV "Silver Lining" Chardonnay
89 points
Golden silver color. Aromas of green apples on the tree and earth with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy citrus, nectarine, and grass accented finish. Excellent structure and appeal for the table and quite Chablis like.
Estrella River 2012 Proprietors Reserve Chardonnay
89 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Floral aromas and flavors of pineapple, mango, and and green apple tart with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a juicy melon and kiwi-lime sorbet accented finish. A zesty and satisfying chardonnay for sipping or the table.
89 points $7.99 Best Buy
Cardella 2011 Basila Farms, Vineyard 21 Chardonnay
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of pineapple and guava with a tangy, medium body and a mouthwatering lime spritzed apple finish. A zesty, nicely balanced chardonnay for all occasions.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Cape May 2012 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
89 points
$22
Gold color. Aromas of nuts, green hay, and dried apples and pears with a silky, dryish medium body and a oily, starfruit, kiwi and spice accented finish. A nicely oaked chardonnay with nice layers.
Midnight Cellars 2012 Estate Chardonnay
89 points
$26
Golden color. Aromas of wax, nutshells, and dried pear with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, kiwi, vanilla, and cinnamon accented finish. Tasty.
CRU 2011  Chardonnay
89 points
$28
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of apple, Meyer lemon, herb, and praline with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, mineral and vanilla accented finish. A nicely structured and refreshing chardonnay.
Hacienda 2012 "Clair de Lune" Chardonnay
88 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Toasty praline, coconut, and caramel apple aromas with a soft, fruity medium body and a juicy apple sauce, toffee, and honeyed pineapple finish. A fruity crowd pleasing chardonnay.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
The Archivist 2012  Chardonnay
88 points
$16.99
Pale golden color. Unusual aromas and flavors of overripe and pickled melon,s peppered mango, nuts, and apples with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, mineral and herb accented finish. An interesting chardonnay to pair with vegetable dishes.
88 points $16.99
Elk Run 2012 Liberty Tavern Vineyard Chardonnay
88 points
$27
Golden color. Rich aromas and flavors of pineapple, coconut cream, and lemon polished wood with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a honeyed nut, kiwi, clementine and earth finish. A solid oak forward chardonnay for sipping or lobster.
Foxhollow 2012  Chardonnay
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Aromas of nougat, apple puff pastry, and peach custard with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy kiwi and lime finish. Nice acidity and structure for seafood or sipping.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Concannon 2011 Selected Vineyards Chardonnay
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Aromas of toasted almond, floral honeycomb, and baked apple with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy pineapple and lime finish. Solid.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Forest Glen 2012  Chardonnay
87 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Golden color. Vibrant aromas of apple pie, praline, and pineapple buttercream with a silky, fruity medium body and a tropical citrus, melon, nut, and spice finish. A nice oaky chardonnay for sipping.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Unionville Vineyards 2012 Fox Series Chardonnay
87 points
$16.95
Golden yellow color. Aromas of apple, nut brittle, straw and dried citrus with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a crisp, tangy clementine accented finish. Tasty.
87 points $16.95
Crane Lake 2012  Chardonnay
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Aromas of apple sauce, almond cookie, and honeycomb with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy tropical citrus and delicate spice finish. Nicely nuanced with good acidity for the table.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Long Lake 2012  Chardonnay
86 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Pale golden color. Aromas of apple pie, citrus, and mint with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a lemon spritzed green apple, mango and nut accented finish. A nice tangy chardonnay for sipping or the table.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Montpellier 2012  Chardonnay
85 points
$9.99
Golden silver color. Aromas of profiterole, caramel, toasted coconut, and baked pineapple with a supple, fruity medium body and a tart green apple and toast finish. Solid.
85 points $9.99
American Dream 2012  Chardonnay
85 points
$11
Aromas of kiwi, melon, caperberry, and baked nectarine with soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy grilled lime, spiced nut, and green apple skin finish. A sturdy chardonnay.
Carmenet 2012 Reserve Chardonnay
85 points
$11.99
Aromas of floury apple pie crust, salty roasted nuts, and baked pineapple with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy spiced apple and kiwi finish. A nice sipper.
85 points $11.99
Silver Ridge 2012  Chardonnay
85 points
$11.99
Aromas of honey roasted nuts, cedar, and baked apples with a supple, fruity medium body and a Meyer lemon and pineapple finish.
85 points $11.99
Grande River Vineyards 2012  Chardonnay
85 points
$15.99
Golden color. Aromas of roasted chestnut, polished wood, dried pineapple, and herbs with a supple, dryish medium body and a smoked nut, dried citrus and pear accented finish. An oaky chardonnay for sipping or the table.
85 points $15.99
Old North State 2011 "Fish Hippie" Oaked Chardonnay
85 points
$22
Pale golden color. Aromas of pineapple, honey spiced apple aromas and flavors with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a somewhat attenuated, leafy accented finish.
Charles Shaw 2012  Chardonnay
84 points
$2.99
Best Buy
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of overripe and yeasty kiwi and pear with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a slightly chalky, apple skin, lime ice, and dried pineapple finish.
84 points $2.99 Best Buy
Forestville 2012  Chardonnay
84 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Aromas of coconut and peach cobbler with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy spiced pineapple and lime finish. A tasty patio wine.
84 points $6.99 Best Buy
Wild Hare 2012  Chardonnay
84 points
$10.99
Mild aromas of nuts, herbal tea, and dried citrus with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, melon, toasted nut and apple accented finish.
84 points $10.99
Doña Sol 2012  Chardonnay
83 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Golden silver color. Forward aromas tropical fruit salad, honeycomb, and pineapple cake with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy spiced apple, nut, and lemon finish. A nice tidy chardonnay.
83 points $6.99 Best Buy
Elk Run 2012 Cold Friday Vineyard Chardonnay
83 points
$16
Golden silver color. Aromas of matchstick, grilled citrus, and papaya with a supple, dryish medium body and a relaxed crushed pineapple and bruised apple skin finish.
Bordeleau NV Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
82 points
$15
Pale golden color. Green aromas of lemon rind, pineapple core, and dandelions with a soft, dryish medium body and a tart green apple, praline, melon, oak and grass finish. Stemminess fights the fruit.
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