November 2013 - US - Chardonnay

This month's Wine feature is US - Chardonnay Wines
US - Chardonnay Reviews
204168
Renteria
2012 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203728
Grgich Hills
2010 Estate Grown Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204049
Tulocay
2009 Cadman, Haynes Vineyard Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204288
City Winery
2012 Reserve, Scopus Vineyard Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204110
Twin Oaks Tavern
2012 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204211
CRU
2011 Montage Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204014
10Span
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203984
Weibel Family
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204419
Three Coins
2012 Betsy's Vineyard Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204276
Unionville Vineyards
2012 Pheasant Hill Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204357
Adler Fels
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204405
Napa Ridge
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204406
Rutherford Vintners
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204331
Schug
2012 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204051
Laguna
2011 Laguna Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204275
Unionville Vineyards
2012 Bell Well Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204231
King Ferry
NV "Silver Lining" Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204398
Estrella River
2012 Proprietor's Reserve Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202218
Cardella
2011 Basila Farms, Vineyard 21 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204287
Cape May
2012 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204177
Midnight Cellars
2012 Estate Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204212
CRU
2011 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204402
Hacienda
2012 "Clair de Lune" Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204356
The Archivist
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204230
Elk Run
2012 Liberty Tavern Vineyard Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204401
Foxhollow
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204015
Concannon
2011 Selected Vineyards Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204399
Forest Glen
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204274
Unionville Vineyards
2012 Fox Series Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204396
Crane Lake
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204403
Long Lake
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204404
Montpellier
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204240
American Dream
2012 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204394
Carmenet
2012 Reserve Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204407
Silver Ridge
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204418
Grande River Vineyards
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204286
Old North State
2011 "Fish Hippie" Oaked Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204395
Charles Shaw
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204400
Forestville
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204408
Wild Hare
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204397
Doña Sol
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204229
Elk Run
2012 Cold Friday Vineyard Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204246
Bordeleau
NV Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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