April 2014 - US - Chardonnay

This month's Wine feature is US - Chardonnay Wines
US - Chardonnay Reviews
206014
Ledson
2012 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206035
Woodbury
2012 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205936
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2011 Beacon Hill Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206047
Cinnabar
2012 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205882
Esser Vineyards
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206013
Ledson
2012 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206120
Jarvis
2012 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205938
Chatom
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205954
Grgich Hills
2011 Estate Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205663
Taproot
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205968
McIlroy
2012 Aquarius Ranch Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206029
Clos du Val
2011 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205937
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2012 Beacon Hill Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205818
Sea Mist
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205956
Castoro Cellars
2012 Estate Reserve, Whale Rock Vineyard Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205819
White Oak
2011 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206007
Schug
2012 Heritage Reserve Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205865
Zeffer Hills
2010 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206010
Cape May
2013 Reserve Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205919
Handley
2012 Estate Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206094
RoxyAnn
2012 Estate Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205876
Alexandria Nicole
2013 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206062
Proof
2012 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206011
Cape May
2013 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205920
Handley
2012 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206006
Schug
2012 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205947
Penns Woods
2012 Reserve Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206066
Zina Hyde Cunningham
2012 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206015
Ledson
2012 Reserve Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205816
Chime
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205908
Heron Hill Winery
2012 Ingle Vineyard, Unoaked Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205911
Chaddsford
2012 Barrel Select Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206121
Jarvis
2012 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206046
Biltmore Estate
NV Sur Lies Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205964
CalNaturale
2010 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205891
Weibel Family
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205955
Castoro Cellars
2012 Estate Grown Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206012
Cape May
2012 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206048
Cedar Creek
2012 "Unoaked" Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205817
Cable Car
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206061
White Hart
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205907
Heron Hill Winery
2011 Ingle Vineyard Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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