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April 2014 - US - Chardonnay

April 2014 - US - Chardonnay
This month's Wine feature is US - Chardonnay Wines

US - Chardonnay Reviews

Ledson 2012  Chardonnay
96 points
$36
Golden yellow color. Aromas of butter roasted nuts, coconut, and vanilla buttercream with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, and spicy apple pie and Meyer lemon sorbet finish. A delicious, rich, and appetizing chardonnay for all occasions that is a superb marriage of fruit and oak.
Woodbury 2012 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
94 points
$24
Pale golden color. Aromas of lemon curd, toasty apple tart, and honeycomb with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy caramelized pineapple accented finish. Great purity, precision, and varietal character.
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2011 Beacon Hill Chardonnay
94 points
$36
Golden straw color. Bright aromas and flavors of green apples, honey, and vanilla cream with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp Meyer lemon and mineral accented finish with great acidity and structure for the table, especially seafood. Drinks like a great Chablis from a warmer vintage.
Cinnabar 2012  Chardonnay
94 points
$38
gold color. Aromas of spiced pineapples and apples, gherkins, buttercream, and lilac water with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vanilla hazelnut bark, cedar, and mineral accented finish. A nice range of attractive flavors.
Esser Vineyards 2012  Chardonnay
93 points
$12.99
Best Buy
gold color. Mellow aromas of toasted nuts, meringue, and dried pineapple with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a toasty oak and mouthwatering lemon-guava-passionfruit sorbet accented finish. Excellent vibrancy and balance of fruit and oak.
93 points $12.99 Best Buy
Ledson 2012  Chardonnay
93 points
$38
Golden color. Aromas of nougat, vanilla buttercream, and dried tropical citrus with a fruity medium body and a long, tangy apple, pineapple, mango. and praline finish. Superbly tasty and versatile.
Jarvis 2012 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, Unfiltered, Finch Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay
93 points
$130
Golden silver color with a minute haze. Aromas of roasted coconut, praline, grilled apples, and buttercream with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, toasty oak, vanilla cream, and spice finish. A very nice and smooth oaky chardonnay for sipping or the table with rich poultry dishes.
Chatom 2012  Chardonnay
92 points
$18
Best Buy
Toasty aromas of pineapple and coconut creme pies with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a generous and juicy spiced apple, vanilla, and nut finish. Well structured and very flavorful.
92 points $18 Best Buy
Grgich Hills 2011 Estate Chardonnay
92 points
$42
Golden color. Oak forward aromas of roasted nuts, grilled coconut, balloon, and beeswax with a dryish medium body and tangy honeyed lemon, green apple, and melon accented finish. Great acidity and structure with a deft touch of oak for sipping or the table.
Taproot 2012  Chardonnay
91 points
$7.97
Best Buy
Aromas of lemon yogurt and pineapple tart with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, pineapple-mango vanilla custard finish. An unassuming, yet very pleasant and precisely made chardonnay.
91 points $7.97 Best Buy
McIlroy 2012 Aquarius Ranch Chardonnay
91 points
$19.99
Pale golden color. Aromas and flavors of toasty coconut cream pie, vanilla buttercream, and spice with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a plush tangy caramelized pineapple finish. Lovely balanced oak and rich fruit for sipping or the table.
91 points $19.99
Clos du Val 2011  Chardonnay
91 points
$28
Golden yellow color. Aromas of grilled pineapple and vanilla toffee with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, green apple, toast, and spice finish. An elegant marriage of fruit and oak for sipping or the table.
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2012 Beacon Hill Chardonnay
91 points
$38
Golden silver color. Aromas of pineapple, yellow apple and nougat with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy Meyer lemon, vanilla, cedar, and chalk accented finish. A deliciously mouthwatering old world styled chardonnay.
Sea Mist 2012  Chardonnay
90 points
$19.99
Golden yellow color. Interesting scents of gherkin, cream cheese, and spicy poached pear with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a spiced apple, melon, coconut milk, and sweet cream accented finish. An excellent choice for the table.
90 points $19.99
Castoro Cellars 2012 Estate Reserve, Whale Rock Vineyard Chardonnay
90 points
$21
Aromas of roasted nuts, pineapple chutney, and a floral green apples with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, vanilla, nut, and cedar accented finish. A delicate, elegant oak influenced chardonnay for all occasions.
White Oak 2011  Chardonnay
90 points
$24
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of caramelized apples and pineapples, brown butter, and spiced nuts with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a plush, tangy citrus and spice finish. A nice oaky chardonnay with a solid core of fruit.
Schug 2012 Heritage Reserve Chardonnay
90 points
$35
Golden color. Smoky, concentrated aromas of grilled apples and Meyer lemons, rosemary honey, and pickling spices with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, toasty pineapple cake and nut finish. Lots of rich fruit and rich oak for sipping.
Zeffer Hills 2010  Chardonnay
89 points
$17.99
Dense aromas of spicy pineapple-coconut creme brulee and mango chutney with a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy ripe apple, praline, and cedar accented finish. Tasty with good concentration and acidity.
89 points $17.99
Cape May 2013 Reserve Chardonnay
89 points
$22
Pale golden silver color. Exotic tropical fruit, honeysuckle, and nougat aromas with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and an oily, baked pineapple and praline finish. Quite tasty and elegantly styled for sipping.
Handley 2012 Estate Chardonnay
89 points
$25
Aromas of vanilla buttercream on white cake and mango chutney with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy citrus and delicate spice finish. Nicely composed flavors and well suited for sipping or the table.
RoxyAnn 2012 Estate Chardonnay
89 points
$26
Aromas of toasted coconut, praline, pencil shavings, and caramelized apples and pears with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a pleasant vanilla nut brittle, cedar, and tangy pineapple finish. Nicely articulated wood tones for sipping.
Alexandria Nicole 2013 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay
89 points
$28
Lovely aromas of white flowers and fresh fruit salad with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, citrus, yellow apple, nut and melon ball accented finish. A tasty sipper.
Proof 2012  Chardonnay
89 points
$50
Golden silver color. Aromas and flavors of lemon yogurt, spice cake, and nougat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tropical citrus and blossoms accented finish. Flavorful fun for sipping or the table.
Cape May 2013  Chardonnay
88 points
$18
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of passionfruit, spiced apple, banana leaves, and floral honey with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and tangy, green apple, melon, and delicate spice finish. Tasty.
Handley 2012  Chardonnay
88 points
$18
Exotic tropical citrus and fruit cocktail aromas and flavors with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a creamy vanilla and praline accented finish. A nice balance of fruit and oak for sipping.
Schug 2012  Chardonnay
88 points
$25
Pale golden silver color. Aromas and flavors of melon rind, pear, white toffee, green tea, and earth with a supple, dryish medium body and a dried flower, lemon, and green pineapple accented finish. A very old world styled chardonnay for the table.
Penns Woods 2012 Reserve Chardonnay
88 points
$26
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of caramel green apples, lemon curd, and pineapple gelato with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, praline accented finish. A pleasant sipper.
Zina Hyde Cunningham 2012  Chardonnay
88 points
$34
Interesting aromas of grilled lemons, apples and pineapples and delicate Asian spices with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a cedar and creamy vanilla and coconut milk accented finish. A delicate light oak influenced sipper.
Ledson 2012 Reserve Chardonnay
88 points
$48
Golden straw color. Aromas of dried peach, sandalwood, honeycomb, and spiced apple with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vanilla milk and nougat accented finish. A nice delicate sipper.
Chime 2012  Chardonnay
87 points
$15.99
Golden silver color. Aromas and flavors of baked lemons, apples, melon, and praline with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nutty oak accented finish. A nice mellow sipper.
87 points $15.99
Heron Hill Winery 2012 Ingle Vineyard, Unoaked Chardonnay
87 points
$17.99
Silvery straw color. Earthy aromas of twigs, grass, apple core and lemon rind with a crisp, fruity medium body and a tangy honeyed green apple finish. A sleek, Old World styled Chardonnay for oysters.
87 points $17.99
Chaddsford 2012 Barrel Select Chardonnay
87 points
$27.99
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of fallen apple, lemon ice, melon, and cream with a silky, dryish medium body and a earthy, mineral accented finish. A nice old world styled chardonnay for the table. Try with veal and mushrooms.
87 points $27.99
Jarvis 2012 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Chardonnay
87 points
$64
Golden color. Aromas of polished wood, dark roasted nuts, and a grilled pineapple with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy grilled apple, dried coconut, and earth finish.
Biltmore Estate NV Sur Lies Chardonnay
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Pale golden color. Attractive aromas of pineapple cake and toasty peach cobbler with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, baked apple and nut finish. A nice sipper or table wine.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
CalNaturale 2010  Chardonnay
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of baked pears, dried mango, and roasted walnuts with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy, honeyed apple, melon, and nutty oak and parchment accented finish.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Weibel Family 2012  Chardonnay
86 points
$14.95
Best Buy
Pale silvery golden color. Creamy meringue aromas and apple aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy citrus, vanilla, and green pear finish. A nice table wine.
86 points $14.95 Best Buy
Castoro Cellars 2012 Estate Grown Chardonnay
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Aromas of tropical citrus, apple yogurt, floral talc, and lemon verbena with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a oak and spice accented finish.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Cape May 2012 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
84 points
$22
Pale golden color. Aromas of creamy vanilla, nougat, and toasty cake with a soft, dryish medium body and dried coconut, nutskin, bark, and earth accented finish. Lots of oak here.
Cedar Creek 2012 "Unoaked" Chardonnay
83 points
$12
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of buttery kettle corn and spiced apples and pears with a soft, dryish medium body and a slightly dilute apple bobbing water and lemon finish.
Cable Car 2012  Chardonnay
83 points
$12.99
Pleasantly spicy tropical fruit aromas and flavors with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and tangy citrus, nutskin and apple accented finish. A straightforward chardonnay.
83 points $12.99
White Hart 2012  Chardonnay
83 points
$14.99
Aromas and flavors of toasted nuts, dried apple, and a hint of rubber and Indian spice with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a breezy mineral dust accented finish.
83 points $14.99
Heron Hill Winery 2011 Ingle Vineyard Chardonnay
83 points
$19.99
Golden yellow color. Aromas of gherkins, dried flowers, beeswax, and lemons with a tart light-to-medium body and racy lime juice and nutskin finish. Serve with oysters.
83 points $19.99
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