November 2014 - US - Chardonnay

This month's Wine feature is US - Chardonnay Wines
US - Chardonnay Reviews
208421
Ledson
2012 Reserve Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Rich aromas and flavors of vanilla, nougat, apple pie, and pineapple marmalade with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a intriguing, medium-length finish with overtones of kiwi, honey, delicate spices, and nuts with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A rich, flavor packed chardonnay with nice balance and length.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208105
Westport
2013 "Shorebird" Chardonnay
Pale silvery straw color. Bright attractive aromas and flavors of tropical fruit salad, sweet cream, yellow cherry, and white blossom with a vibrant, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of pineapple sauce, spice apple, and clementine with fruit tannins and no oak. A deliciously different, refreshing and tropical chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208113
Sea Mist
2013 Chardonnay
Golden silver color. Delicate fruity aromas of spiced apples and pineapples, sweet pepper jelly, and coconut cream with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length sweet citrus and praline finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. Nice tropical vibrancy and balance.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208163
Hagafen
2013 Chardonnay
Pale gold color. Rich aromas and flavors of tropical fruit salad, creamy nougat, and waxy honeycomb with a crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length finish with nuances of vanilla cream and brown spices with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, tropical chardonnay with generous oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208323
Woodbury
2012 Vinter's Reserve Chardonnay
Pale golden yellow color. Lively aromas and flavors of spiced apple and pineapple compote with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, long finish with notes of vanilla cream, nougat, and honey with fine tannins and light oak. A robustly delicious chardonnay for pleasure packed sipping or rich poultry and seafood dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208246
Gadino Cellars
2012 Barrel Select Chardonnay
Golden silver color. Toasty aromas and flavors of salty roasted nuts, caramel apple, and roasted pineapple with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with nuances of Meyer lemon, honeyed nuts, and minerals with fine tannins and light oak. A lovely, well balanced and flavorful oak-accented chardonnay that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208162
Portola Vineyards
2012 Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Delicate aromas and flavors of apple, pineapple, and spice with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-length finish with nuances of sweet citrus and salted nuts with fine tannins and light oak. A mouthwatering chardonnay with very pure flavors and excellent balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208325
Lobo
2013 Chardonnay
Gold color. Creamy aromas and flavors of apple tart and pineapple cake with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting finish with accents of coconut cream and spice with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A very tasty chardonnay that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208189
White Hart
2013 Chardonnay
Gold color. Lively aromas and flavors of apples on the tree and lemon pie with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of pineapple and nuts with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A delicious and easy drinking chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208308
PDX
2013 Reserve Chardonnay
Pale golden silver color. Delicate aromas of powdered sugared apples and Hawaiian bread with a silky, lively, medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length roasted apple and golden beets and Meyer lemon finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A deliciously savory chardonnay that will sing at the table.
89 points $20.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208187
Twin Oaks Tavern
2013 Chardonnay
Golden silver color. Delicate creamy aromas of pineapple cake and coconut yogurt with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length lemon-grapefruit sorbet, vanilla nut, and earth finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A very tasty and classically styled chardonnay with a real sense of place.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208112
Reaper
2013 Chardonnay
Pale gold color. Delicate toasty aromas and flavors of roasted pineapple, grilled apple, and sweet cream with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length finish with accents of roasted nuts, Meyer lemon gelato, and guava with medium tannins and moderate oak. A fine well oaked chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208324
Woodbury
2012 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Pale gold color. Delicate aromas and flavors of roasted apples and nuts with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, charming, medium-long finish with notes of pineapple, melon, lemon marmalade, and tropical fruits with fine tannins and light oak. A very tasty and balanced chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208202
McIlroy
2012 Signature Edition Chardonnay
Gold color. Creamy aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, roasted pineapple, and coconut with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, stimulating, crisp finish with shades of honeyed apple and vanilla cream with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice oak framed chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208152
Elk Run
2013 Cold Friday Vineyard Chardonnay
Golden silver color. Toasty aromas and flavors of baked apple, Asian spices, and pineapple cake with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a buoyant finish with impressions of citrus, nutskin, and earth with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy oak driven chardonnay.
88 points $14.68 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208114
Chessman
2013 Chardonnay
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple yogurt, honeyed biscuit, and circus peanut with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, breezy finish with notes of dried apple and salted caramel with soft tannins and light oak. A sturdy, all purpose chardonnay with solid fruit and a touch of oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208111
Tobacco Road
2011 Chardonnay
Gold color. Creamy fruity aromas of toasted meringue, mango chutney, and coconut yogurt with a silky, bright, medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length roasted pineapple and candied spiced nuts finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nicely composed chardonnay.
88 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208309
Borderland
2013 Unoaked Chardonnay
Pale golden straw color. Mild aromas and flavors of apple butter on lemon scone and nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, buoyant finish with notes of dried pineapple, delicate spice, and cream with no oak. A well balanced and versatile chardonnay for the table.
88 points $22.64
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208151
Elk Run
2013 Liberty Tavern Vineyard Chardonnay
Gold color. Mild aromas and flavors of kiwi, melon, apple tart, and rubber sap with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, carefree finish with suggestions of vanilla toffee, delicate spice, and pineapple with fine tannins and light oak. A tasty sipper.
88 points $24.77
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208132
Wollersheim
2012 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Toasty aromas and flavors of baked apple, spice, toasted nut, and caramel with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with fine tannins and light oak. A rock solid chardonnay sipper.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208307
PDX
2013 Chardonnay
Gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of spiced apples, nougat, pineapple cake, and roasted nuts with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, buoyant finish with nuances of sweet cream, melon, and citrus with medium tannins and light oak. A bold oak accented chardonnay.
87 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208422
Ledson
2012 Chardonnay
Light gold color. Delicate aromas of spiced apples and pears and sweet cream with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, breezy nutskins and shells, citrus, and parchment finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A dry wood driven chardonnay for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208259
Black Willow Winery
NV Chardonnay
Light golden silver color. Mild aromas and flavors of clay, overripe pear, and nougat with a soft, bright, dry body and a tingling, brisk finish with suggestions of baked apple, nutskin, and lemon pepper with fine tannins and light oak. A savory dry sipper for the table.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208375
Caprice
2013 "Seventh Day" Chardonnay
Gold color. Earthy spicy aromas of cinnamon bark, papaya, lanolin lotion, and gherkin with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a delightful, brisk apple, pineapple relish, and nutskin finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice oak accented chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208341
Wine Spots
2013 Chardonnay
Golden silver color. Delicate aromas of spiced apples and pears and vanilla meringue with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity body and a warming, easy citrus, peppery spice, and nutskin finish with fine tannins and light oak. A solid chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208188
Proof
2013 Chardonnay
Light gold color. Delicate aromas and flavors of nougat and apple pie with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A nicely oaked chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208240
Grande River Vineyards
2013 Chardonnay
Gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of oily peanut butter and dried pineapple with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy finish with touches of apple sauce and pepper with woody tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant oak-forward chardonnay.
84 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208157
Heron Hill Winery
2013 "Unoaked" Classic Series Chardonnay
Pale silvery straw color. Mild, yeasty aromas of fallen apple and dough with a soft, bright, light body and a tingling, brisk apple bobbing water and melon rind finish. A simple dry quaffer, to pair with light salads.
83 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208239
Grande River Vineyards
2012 Chardonnay
Gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of grilled bread, roasted nuts, and grilled apple with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish with accents of baked lemon with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A firmly oaked chardonnay.
83 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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