April 2015 - US Chardonnay

This month's Wine feature is US Chardonnay Wines
US Chardonnay Reviews
209864
Vine Cliff
2012 Chardonnay
Bright light golden yellow color. Bright, complex, fruity aromas of mango custard, papaya, pineapple, and bread fruit with a glycerous, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, snappy mint cream, tapioca, and nougat finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A sensationally vibrant and exotically flavorful chardonnay that captivates and rewards with each sip.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209950
The Divining Rod
2013 Chardonnay
Pale gold color. Lively, creamy aromas of pineapple creme brulee, dulce du leche gelato, and spiced apples with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an effortless, long finish with firm well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant and refreshing chardonnay that is sure to please.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210088
Picket Fence
2013 Chardonnay
Pale bright gold color. Bright, creamy, fruity aromas of lemon custard, caramel apples, and mango pastry with a oily, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length spiced pineapple, lemon sorbet, and praline finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A superbly vibrant and complex chardonnay that is sure to please.
92 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209862
Jarvis
2013 Estate Grown Chardonnay
Brilliant golden yellow color. Rich, toasty, creamy aromas of pineapple cake, spiced apples, coconut yogurt, and sourdough toast with a creamy, tangy, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length lemon gelato, roasted nut, earth, and spice finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid chardonnay with a nutty, honeyed oak flair.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209806
SeaGlass
2013 Chardonnay
Clear pale brilliant golden straw color. Bright, interesting aromas of pineapple upside down cake, lemon curd, mint tea, and Meyer lemons with a silky, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long finish with well integrated tannins and light oak. A round and inviting chardonnay with zesty acidity for the table.
91 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209957
Bethlehem Valley
2013 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Attractive aromas of honeyed melon, kiwi, and praline with a silky, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length lemon cream pie, pineapple, golden apple, and cream finish with light oak. A delicious and vibrant chardonnay with great purity, balance and charm.
91 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209694
Handley
2013 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay
Bright clear light golden straw color. Delicate, nutty aromas of walnut, pineapple custard, and lemon zest with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long honeyed pineapple, peach, and lemon curd finish with silky fruit tannins and light oak. A delicious and appetizing chardonnay that will be very versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209818
Bogle
2013 Chardonnay
Bright clear light medium golden color. Delicate, toasty, fruity aromas of nougat, pineapple cake, and candied lemon peel with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length pineapple, apple sauce, and brazil nuts finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A juicy, mouthwatering chardonnay that will cover a lot of bases.
90 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210112
Black Willow Winery
Chardonnay
Light gold color. Delicate aromas of provence herbs, lemon, honeyed apple, and nougat with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a refreshing, medium-length tropical fruit nectar, reduced lemon, and salted nuts finish with light oak. An intriguingly layered, savory and balanced chardonnay.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209898
PDX
2014 "Haywagon" Chardonnay
Bright golden straw color. Rich, unusual, floral fruity aromas of coconut-mango custard, honeysuckle, and key lime pie with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, intricate, medium-long passionfruit, papaya, delicately spiced nuts, and watermelon finish with well integrated tannins and light oak. An exotic and unique chardonnay with tons of tropical citrus and blossom character.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209689
Treleaven
2012 Reserve, Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Gold color. Aromas of pineapple tart and vanilla yogurt with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, crisp polished wood and apple sauce finish with fruit tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant oaky chardonnay.
90 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210091
Three Knights
2012 Chardonnay
Medium brilliant golden yellow color. Bright, interesting, complex toasty buttery aromas of apple-fig pastry, toasted coconut flakes, and anise cookie with a oily, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, medium-length lime, tangerine, mango, and mint finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A lively and layered chardonnay with great table appeal
90 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209956
Mount Pleasant Estates
2013 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Delicate, creamy, fruity aromas of apple pie, honeysuckle, citrus gelato, and nougat with a silky, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, buoyant apple, melon, lemon sorbet, and minty earth finish with light oak. A very nice zesty chardonnay with very good purity and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209893
Rulo Winery
2012 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Bright, toasty aromas of apple pie, coconut custard, and meyer lemon with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an amusing, medium-length toasted nuts and minerals finish with light oak. A well balanced and restrained chardonnay with a nice sense of place.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209715
Manzoni Estate
2013 "North Highlands' Cuvée" Chardonnay
Pale gold color. Mild, toasty, fruity aromas of dried pineapple, spiced apples, tapioca, and potters clay with a oily, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-length Meyer lemon, tangerine, and nougat finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. A very nicely balanced and appetizing chardonnay for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209859
Schug
2013 Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Mild, earthy aromas of honeycomb, dried lemon, and minerals with a soft, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length lemon curd and pistachio nougat finish with fruit tannins and moderate oak. A very nice zesty chardonnay with mouthwatering acidity for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210041
McIlroy
2013 Aquarius Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas of pineapple cake, spiced nuts, grilled apple, and toasted coconut with a satiny, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, medium-long chutney and a hint of bbq rub finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A vivacious, flavor packed chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209634
Unionville Vineyards
2013 Mountain Road, Single Vineyard Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Bright, buttery aromas of pineapple buttercream, lemon cake, and white toffee with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, compelling, medium-length apple tart, lime curd, exotic tropical fruit, and vanilla finish with light oak. a fun, flavorful oak accented chardonnay that is sure to please.
90 points $35.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209769
Prix
2013 Reserve Chardonnay
Pale gold color. Bold, exotic, fruity floral aromas of coconut custard, guava, tropical blossoms, and sweet pickling spices with a supple, lively, dryish medium-full body and a warming, medium-length mint cream, lemon sorbet, tangerine, and eucalyptus finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A fun, exotically flavorful chardonnay that will excel with Asian seafood dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210039
Paradise Ridge
2013 Barrel Select Chardonnay
Gold color. Aromas of dried apple, Greek yogurt, and nougat with a lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, buoyant spiced apple, lemon curd, pineapple, and nuts finish with fine tannins and light oak. An interesting creamy fruit chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209897
PDX
2013 Chardonnay
Bright clear golden straw color. Delicate, interesting aromas of pickled fruits, flower patch, buttercream, and apple cider with a glycerous, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, intricate, medium-long apple sauce, melon, roasted pineapple, and vanilla custard finish with fine well-integrated tannins and light oak. A nicely balanced chardonnay with a fun savory streak.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209711
Grande River Vineyards
2012 Chardonnay
Gold color. Bright, interesting aromas of mocha gelato, caramel apple, praline, and herbs with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-length coconut, roasted citrus, vanilla yogurt, and earth finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. An intriguing oak accented chardonnay with subtle nuances of flavor.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209712
Grande River Vineyards
2013 Chardonnay
Old gold color. Bright, curious aromas of baked papaya and pineapple, warm tapioca, schmaltz cookie, and exotic spices with a body and a polished, stimulating, medium-length mango and white toffee finish with light oak. A very interesting chardonnay with lots of exotic tropical tones.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210081
Congress Springs
2013 Chardonnay
Bright light gold color. Rich, attractive, fruity aromas of peach custard pie, pineapple cake, cinnamon apple tart, and buttery caramels with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length guava, grape blossoms, and delicate spice finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. A very fruity, crowd pleasing chardonnay.
89 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209792
Pend d’Oreille
2013 Chardonnay
Gold color. Delicate, fruity aromas of pineapple custard and apple sauce with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, crisp sweet cream, tropical citrus, and nuts finish with light oak. A balanced and refreshing chardonnay in a drier vein.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210003
Martha Clara Vineyard
2013 Chardonnay
Light gold color. Bright, fruity, herbal aromas of dried lemon and pineapple, guava, and thyme with a silky, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length grilled pineapple, kiwi, nuts, and mint finish with light oak. A very refreshing and mouthwatering chardonnay.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209695
Westport
2013 "Shorebird" Chardonnay
Light straw color. Delicate, interesting aromas of pineapple yogurt, kiwi, melon, and praline with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, buoyant lemon meringue, green apple, starfruit, and earth finish with light oak. A nice tropical chardonnay with a creamy oak accent.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209932
Alexandria Nicole
2014 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Mild, citrusy, nutty aromas of almond brittle and yellow apple with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length pineapple, citrus, and earth finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A very tasty and versatile chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209882
Penns Woods
2013 Reserve Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Bright, toasty aromas of praline, pineapple cake, delicate spice, and clay with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-long guava, passionfruit, and lemon curd finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. a very nice chardonnay with lively fruit and bouncy acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210186
Redwood Creek
NV Chardonnay
Gold color. Delicate, creamy aromas of peach yogurt and pineapple cake with a silky, fruity medium body and a sleek, crisp caramel apple and delicate spice finish. An appealing chardonnay with good fruit and balanced oak.
88 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210187
Turning Leaf
NV Chardonnay
Gold color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas of lime gelato and spiced apple with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-length honeyed pineapple and cream finish with light oak. A tasty lightly creamy chardonnay with zesty fruit.
88 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209824
Cannonball
2013 Chardonnay
Bright light golden straw color. Lively, toasty, creamy aromas of cinnamon toast, nougat, egg nog, and bbq rub with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and a polished, nuanced, medium-length lemon pie, nutskin, cream, and mint leaf finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. A nice everyday sipping chardonnay.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209867
Castoro Cellars
2013 Estate Grown Chardonnay
Medium clear gold color. Rich, toasty, buttery aromas of honey buttered toast, pineapple yogurt, and caramel apple with a silky, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-length citrus, nutskins, and oak finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. A very pleasant, relaxing sipper.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210085
Gravel Bar Winery
2013 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Delicate aromas of melon, dried apple, and cream with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, cheery pineapple custard, vanilla yogurt nuts, melon, and delicate spices finish with light oak. A nicely balanced and understated chardonnay that will shine at the table.
88 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209668
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2013 Estate Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Delicate, fruity aromas of apple pie, lemon-pineapple cake, and nut brittle with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length Meyer lemon custard and vanilla finish with light oak. A nice bright, citrusy chardonnay that will pair well with fish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209927
Silkwood
2011 Chardonnay
Pale golden yellow color. Bold, toasty, creamy aromas of toasted coconut, mango yogurt, banana cream pie, and caramel apple with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, swift lemon gelato, pineapple, and spiced nuts finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A fun zesty chardonnay with nice creamy oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210089
Rutherford Vintners
2012 Chardonnay
Clear pale golden straw color. Bright, herbal, minty aromas of spiced tropical fruits, white chocolate mint cookie, soda bread, and lemongrass with a oily, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-length mint cream and delicate herbs finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209720
Pollak Vineyards
2012 Estate Grown Chardonnay
BlackBlack color. Aromas of apple and vanilla yogurt nut with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy pineapple and mint finish with no tannins and no oak. A nice zesty sipper; let this breathe a bit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209721
Pollak Vineyards
2013 Estate Grown Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas of dried tropical fruits, tart apples, and kiwi with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length pineapple, mint, and spiced apple finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A delicious and mouthwatering chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210082
Domaine Napa
2012 Chardonnay
Pale gold color. Bright, creamy, toasty aromas of custard pastry, pineapple, and lemon curd with a even, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, easy tropical citrus and nut brittle finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A refreshing chardonnay for everyday enjoyment.
88 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209894
Rulo Winery
2013 Sundance Vineyard Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Delicate aromas of pineapple yogurt, lemon poppyseed muffin, and grassy herbs with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery green apple, nuts, lemon sherbet, and earth finish with no oak. A very refreshing and zesty chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210004
Martha Clara Vineyard
2012 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
Light gold color. Delicate aromas of honey butter on toast, lemon chiffon, and nougat with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a charming, buoyant pineapple, green apple, delicate spiced melon, and almond finish with light oak. A tasty, easy drinking chardonnay that will cover a lot of bases.
88 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209793
Pend d’Oreille
2013 Reserve Chardonnay
Gold color. Mild, toasty aromas of fruit tart, dried apple, and nut with a soft, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, breezy lemon curd, vanilla nuts, and minerals finish with light oak. A dry, nicely restrained, table focused chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209635
Unionville Vineyards
2013 Home, Single Vineyard Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Delicate, toasty aromas of vanilla nut brittle and pineapple cake with a soft, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, brisk lemon, melon rind, nutskin, and earth finish with light oak. A very dry Old World styled chardonnay for the seafood table.
88 points $35.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209969
De La Cruz
NV Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Bright, fruity aromas of spiced melon, kiwi, honeysuckle, and honeycomb with a soft, tangy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant apple sauce, pineapple tart, and white grape jam finish. A pleasant fruity sweet, off-dry chardonnay.
87 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210188
Barefoot
NV Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Delicate, fruity aromas of tropical citrus and delicate spice with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and an even, cheery apple sauce and nuts finish. A nice fruity chardonnay for everyday enjoyment.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209803
Three Thieves
2013 Chardonnay
Clear pale gold color. Lively, toasty, fruity aromas of fruit custard pastry, creme fraiche, toasted nuts, and root cellar with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, medium-length lemon cream and nougat finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. A tasty, crowd-pleasing fruity sipper.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209801
Bandit
NV Chardonnay
Bright clear pale light golden color. Delicate, fruity aromas of tropical citrus, pound cake, and custard with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, snappy honey roasted pineapple, green apple, and delicate spices finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A juicy, mouthwatering chardonnay with creamy oak.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210086
Grove Ridge
2013 Chardonnay
Pale gold color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of pineapple custard, orange blossoms, and apple pastry with a silky, bright, fruity body and a smooth, interesting, breezy mango, lemon sorbet, and nut brittle finish with light oak. A tasty chardonnay that will cover a lot of bases.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210090
Silver Ridge
2013 Chardonnay
Brilliant medium golden straw color. Delicate, creamy, fruity floral attractive aromas of honeycrisp apples, butter cream, white flowers, and pineapple with a soft, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length lemon custard, kiwi, coconut flakes, and nutskin finish with firm tannins and light oak. A solid, easy going sipper with zesty acidity.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209734
Wollersheim
2013 Chardonnay
Brilliant clear medium bright gold color. Bright, toasty, fruity aromas of vanilla nut brittle, pineapple cake, and butter cream with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, compelling, medium-length apple sauce, lemon, and nuts finish with fine fruit well-integrated tannins and light oak. A solid, lightly oaky and creamy chardonnay.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209896
Bellview
2013 Estate Bottled Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Smoky aromas of roasted nuts, grilled lemon, and fried herbs with a soft, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length pineapple, mango-papaya-pepper relish, and vanilla nuts finish with light oak. A nicely table focused chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209889
Harvest Ridge Winery
2013 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Mild aromas of melon, kiwi, twigs, and fried chive with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an even, stimulating, medium-length grilled apples and nuts finish with light oak. A nicely oak nuanced chardonnay with an herbal backnote.
87 points $18.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209625
Cambridge
2013 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay
Gold color. Bright, creamy aromas of creme brulee and apple tart a la mode with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length lemon, melon, and vanilla nuts finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A nice tangy, appetizing chardonnay that will shine at the table.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209858
Schug
2013 Chardonnay
Pale medium golden straw color. Lively, curious, earthy aromas of overripe lemon and kiwi, soda raisin bread, toasty meringue, and lemon grass with a velvety, tangy, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, refreshing, cheery minted lemon, dragonfruit, and parchment finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A solid quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209788
Hill Family Estate
2013 "Carly's Cuvee" Chardonnay
Medium bright straw color. Bright, buttery, fruity attractive aromas of pineapple, cream, and waxy honeycomb with a even, soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-long yellow apple, melon, and cream finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A solid Napa chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209833
Canihan Family
2013 Chardonnay
Bright medium gold color. Lively, interesting, creamy aromas of buttercream frosting, dried pineapple, and bbq potato chip with a glycerous, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length lemon cake, nougat, spiced melon, and mint finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A very interesting, spicy chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210087
Montpellier
2013 Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Bright, fruity, buttery aromas of lemon buttercream and pound cake with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an even, relaxed apple, nuts, and delicate spice finish. A nice light and creamy chardonnay for the deck.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210080
Carmenet
2013 Reserve Chardonnay
Gold color. Delicate, fruity aromas of apple tart and butter roasted nuts with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, fast coconut cream, roasted nuts, and pineapple finish with moderate oak. A nice smooth, oak accented chardonnay.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209802
The Show
2012 Chardonnay
Pale gold color. Bright, floral, fruity aromas of floral honeycomb, apples, and earth with a glycerous, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, nuanced, breezy lemon spritzed pineapple and clementine finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209813
Folie à Deux
2013 Chardonnay
Gold color. Aromas of vanilla nuts and dried papaya with a soft, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, crisp spiced apple and smoked nuts finish with fine tannins and light oak. A pleasant oaky chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209847
Chaddsford
2013 Barrel Select Chardonnay
Bright golden straw color. Delicate, fruity, attractive aromas of tropical fruits and blossoms, spiced apples, lemon zest, and custard with a even, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, captivating, brisk pickled lemon and melon rinds, vanilla nuts, and earth finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nice lip-smacking chardonnay with well balanced oak.
86 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209991
The Lucas Winery
2013 Estate Chardonnay
Clear light golden straw color. Lively, interesting aromas of brown butter, hazelnut latte, dark caramel apple, and lemon pith with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy pineapple, lemon, and coconut milk finish with firm tannins and light oak. A pleasant, interesting sipping chardonnay with good fruit and acidity.
86 points $34.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209637
Grgich Hills
2012 Estate, "Miljenko's Selection" Chardonnay
Gold color. Aromas of fruit pastry, grilled pineapple, and gherkin with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length spiced apple, lime curd, and nuts finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A broad shouldered chardonnay with great depth and vigor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209800
Sutter Home
NV Chardonnay
Pale clear golden straw color. Lively, toasty aromas of fruit salad, floral honey, nut pastry, and toasted coconut with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, cheery lemon-orange sorbet and melon finish with fruit tannins and light oak. An easy wine for the outdoor deck.
85 points $6 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209809
Trinity Oaks
2013 Chardonnay
Gold color. Delicate, fruity aromas of lime curd and pineapple custard with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, easy lemon tart and pineapple finish. A tasty everyday white wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209814
Monteviña
2013 Chardonnay
Bright medium gold color. Lively, creamy aromas of buttercream, nougat, and honeycrisp apple with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length pineapple slices, apple, and lemon ice finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A nice zesty creamy chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210083
Fat Cat
2013 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of tropical custard tart and citrus buttercream with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, cheery pineapple and coconut cream finish with light oak. A nice easy going sipper with pleasant creamy oak.
85 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209733
Cedar Creek
2013 Chardonnay
Medium bright gold color. Bright, earthy aromas of bruised apple, dried flowers, dried pineapple, and light minerality with a even, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, amusing, breezy green apple, lemon water, and nutshell finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. An OK everyday sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209808
Fancy Pants
2012 Chardonnay
Gold color. Mild, fruity aromas of apple butter, lime, and butter cookie with a soft, crisp, fruity body and a breezy spiced nuts and vanilla finish with light oak. A nice carefree sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209812
Ménage à Trois
2013 Chardonnay
Gold color. Delicate, fruity aromas of spiced apple and pineapple sauce with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a breezy nuts and oak finish with moderate oak. A nice oak accented chardonnay
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209804
Newman’s Own
2013 Chardonnay
Clear pale medium golden yellow color. Delicate, toasty, creamy aromas of cream puff and pound cake with pineapple sauce with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a polished, interesting, breezy green apples and honey cream finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A nice easy-going sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209753
Pennywise
2013 Chardonnay
Bright medium golden yellow color. Bright, toasty aromas of buttered yellow apples, green herbs - tea, and frosted wheat cereal box with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-length coconut cream, apple sauce, and pecans finish with firm tannins and light oak. A pleasant everyday sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209688
Treleaven
2012 "Tacie's Chardonnay", Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Gold color. Aromas of roasted nuts, vanilla toffee, and dried pineapple with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, medium-long vanilla cream, caramel apple, and delicate spice finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nicely balanced oaky chardonnay.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210084
Garnet Vineyards
2013 Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Bright, interesting, oaky aromas of dried tropical fruits, tree bark, and grilled lemons with a even, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length pineapple slices, lemon sorbet, nutskins, and polished wood finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A nice nutty, oaky chardonnay sipper.
84 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209810
Napa Cellars
2013 Chardonnay
Gold color. Aromas of creme brulee, nougat, dried apple, and spice with a racy, fruity body and a warming, complex, medium-long lemon, kiwi, green apple, and cinnamon toast finish with light oak. A bold brash chardonnay that sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209807
Dominant Seven
2012 Chardonnay
Gold color. Delicate, fruity aromas of apple and lemon tart with a soft, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk pineapple, spiced nuts, and grass finish. A pleasant sipper.
83 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209752
MooBuzz
2013 Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Bold, oaky, smoky aromas of lemon sour cream, overripe pineapple, bark, and matchstick with a glycerous, tangy, dryish medium body and a warming, intriguing, crisp pineapple custard, candied lemon, cedar planks, and moss finish with woody tannins and heavy oak. A very oaky, wild and wooly chardonnay
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209811
Joel Gott
2013 "Unoaked" Chardonnay
Clear bright gold color. Mild, fruity aromas of powdery apple crumble, pineapple sauce, brewers yeast, and tree bark with a glycerous, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, brisk green apple and nutshell finish with firm tannins and light oak. A nice everyday chardonnay
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210038
Paradise Ridge
2012 Bazzano Vineyard Chardonnay
Gold color. Aromas of cream cheese pastry and dried tropical fruits with a supple, tangy, petillant, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length apple custard, citrus, and nutshells finish with soft tannins and light oak. A rock solid oak forward chardonnay with zesty acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209805
Duck Commander
2012 Chardonnay
Gold color. Bright, buttery aromas of buttercream and caramel apple with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery finish. A solid sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210079
6 Degrees Cellars
2012 Chardonnay
Clear golden straw color. Delicate, fruity aromas of apple cider, nuts, gravel, and dried pineapple with a even, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, rapid dried lemon, nutshell, and earth finish with firm tannins and light oak. A decent carefree chardonnay.
81 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209747
Zeffer Hills
2013 Chardonnay
Pale gold color. Bright, interesting aromas of waxy honeycomb, buttery nut brittle, tree bark, and pressed flowers with a soft, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, rapid finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A simple oaky chardonnay that would be best if served very cold.
80 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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