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November 2015 - US Chardonnay

November 2015 - US Chardonnay
This month's Wine feature is US Chardonnay Wines

US Chardonnay Reviews

Hagafen 2014  Chardonnay
94 points
Golden yellow color. Rich, tropical, buttery aromas of coconut buttercream, pineapple cake, and nougat with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, complex, spiced apples, lemon curd, kiwi, and melon finish with heavy oak. A big, oaky, creamy old school style Napa chardonnay.
Corkscrew 2014 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay
93 points
$22.50
Light gold color. Bright, roasted aromas of roasted nuts, grilled apples and pineapples, brown butter, and pickling spices with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long caramelized citrus, vanilla toffee, and delicate spices finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A big, brawny chardonnay with lots of tangy fruit and complimentary spicy, smoky oak.
93 points $22.50
The Federalist 2013  Chardonnay
93 points
$29
Yellow straw color. Bright, attractive, creamy aromas of creme brulee, pineapple upside down cake, and apple tart with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, captivating, medium-long praline and citrus gelato finish with soft tannins and light oak. A delicious, elegant, and beautifully balanced chardonnay.
Ledson 2013 Reserve Chardonnay
93 points
$48
Golden yellow color. Fruity aromas of baked apples and pineapples, waxy honeycomb, and nut brittle with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, vanilla cream and spiced apples and lemons finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A lovely, flavorful, well oaked chardonnay.
ONEHOPE 2013  Chardonnay
92 points
$18.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Bright, toasty, tropical aromas of coconut and pineapple guava tart with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length vanilla tapioca and tropical fruit salad finish with light oak. A creamy, decadently tropical chardonnay.
92 points $18.99 Best Buy
Hanna 2013 Estate Grown Chardonnay
92 points
$25
Straw green color. Bright, toasty, oaky aromas of roasted pineapple and nuts, toasted coconut, and banana cake with a bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length praline and lemon-kiwi sorbet finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A flavor-packed well oaked chardonnay.
City Winery 2014 Scopus Vineyard Chardonnay
92 points
$28
Bright medium golden yellow color. Lively, funky, fruity tropical toasty aromas of honeycrisp apples, popcorn butter, toasted yeast, and ripe pineapple with a bright, dryish full body and a warming, complex, fast finish with fine, firm, fruit tannins and light oak.
Ledson 2013  Chardonnay
92 points
$38
Bright golden yellow color. Bright, tropical aromas of roasted pineapples, spiced apples, and praline with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-long creamy vanilla, roasted nuts, and lime curd finish with fine, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A plush, deliciously flavorful chardonnay.
Carneros 2014  Chardonnay
91 points
Bright yellow straw color. Bright, fruity, creamy oaky elegant aromas of yellow pear, apricot, vanilla, and field stones with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, medium-long pear D’Anjou, heirloom melon, brioche, and field stones finish with no tannins and moderate oak. Exceptionally elegant style that offers the best of old world and new world chardonnay with moderate oak, bright minerality, well-balanced acidity and a beautiful fruit with refined generosity.
Markham 2012  Chardonnay
91 points
$22
Bright medium light gold color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of yellow apples, coconut cream, and bitter lemon with a satiny, bright, dryish full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length finish with fine, well-integrated, woody tannins and moderate oak.
Artesa 2013 Carneros Chardonnay
91 points
$23
Bright golden yellow color. Mild, fruity aromas of kiwi and dried pineapple with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy honeyed lemon, green apple, and cedar finish with fine tannins and light oak. A well balanced, refreshing chardonnay that will cover a lot of bases.
Havens 2014  Chardonnay
91 points
$45
Bright medium gold color. Mild, earthy, woody fruity aromas of butterscotch, bruised apples, butter cream, and green twigs with a lively, dryish full body and a peppery, captivating, brisk finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
Fabio Viviani 2014  Chardonnay
90 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Bright, fruity, oaky aromas of toasty praline and apple tart with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long pineapple cake, creme brulee, and smoked nuts finish with fine tannins and light oak. A round and welcoming chardonnay with pleasing oakiness.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
The Originals 2014  Chardonnay
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, citrusy, creamy aromas of citrus custard and ripe apples with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and an effortless, charming, medium-length delicate spice finish with silky tannins. A delicious, lively, and nicely balanced chardonnay.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Three Pines 2013 Tierra Blanca Chardonnay
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Bright medium gold color. Delicate, fruity, grainy toasty tropical aromas of ripe pineapples, roasted grains, and potters clay with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, interesting, easy finish with firm, earthy tannins and moderate oak.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Pedroncelli 2014 Signature Selection Chardonnay
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Delicate, fruity aromas of nougat, spiced apples, and tree bark with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length lemon-lime curd and vanilla cream finish with silky tannins and light oak. A sumptuous nicely balanced chardonnay for all occasions.
90 points $15 Best Buy
McIlroy 2014  Chardonnay
90 points
$20.99
Light gold color. Bright, fruity aromas of pineapple custard pie and caramel apples with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length spiced apples and lemon creme brulee finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. A delicious nicely proportioned chardonnay pleaser.
90 points $20.99
Zina Hyde Cunningham 2013  Chardonnay
90 points
$48
Golden yellow color. Bright aromas of vanilla nuts and apple pie crust with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, easy lemon curd on Hawaiian bread toast, kiwi, and roasted nuts finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A zesty, nicely oaked chardonnay.
Kingsmill 2013  Chardonnay
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Bright medium old gold color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas of banana cream, yellow apples, gravel dust, and pineapple with a bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, elegant, breezy finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Cambridge 2014 Single Vineyard Chardonnay
89 points
$19.99
Straw green color. Delicate, citrusy aromas of whole pineapple and yellow apple tree with a satiny, soft, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, appealing, medium-length creamy vanilla and spiced nuts finish with light oak. A silky, lightly oaked chardonnay sipper/.
89 points $19.99
Hammersky Vineyards 2011 Naughty Princess Innocent Chardonnay
89 points
$28
Bright golden straw color. Bright, nutty aromas of apple tart and vanilla taffy with a supple, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, intriguing, breezy citrus, spiced nuts, and praline finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A tasty nicely balanced Chardonnay.
Peachy Canyon 2014 York Mountain Chardonnay
89 points
$29
Light gold color. Lively, toasty, buttery interesting aromas of pineapple puff pastry, spiced nuts, jalapeño corn muffin, and cedar pencil with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an appealing, medium-length apple tart and vanilla caramel bon bon finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. An intriguingly oaked chardonnay with exotic savory spiciness.
Portola Vineyards 2013  Chardonnay
89 points
$30
Old gold color. Bold, oaky, fruity creamy aromas of toasty vanilla, brioche, baked apple, and pineapple with a creamy, bright, dry full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long butterscotch, pear, apple-mango salsa, and vanilla finish with fine tannins and heavy oak. Luxurious style that balances generous layers of vanilla, toast and brioche notes from new French oak with ripe, supple, voluptuous apple, pear and mango fruit.
Castrucci 2013  Chardonnay
89 points
$32
Bright light gold color. Rich, creamy, oaky fruity aromas of ripe yellow apple, toasty vanilla, pear skin, and white pineapple with a creamy, crisp, dry medium-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long Bartlett pear, vanilla, toast, and pineapple salsa finish with no tannins and moderate oak. Rich and luxurious style with generous vanilla scented oak, ripe apples, juicy pears and a lush texture.
C’est Bon 2013 Reserve Selection Chardonnay
89 points
$35
Best Buy
Straw green color. Delicate, fruity, smoky spicy aromas of roasted pineapples and lemon, spicy nut brittle, and apples with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length toasty cedar finish with light oak. A nice zesty chardonnay that will play nicely at the table.
89 points $35 Best Buy
Diamond Ridge 2014  Chardonnay
89 points
$35
Yellow straw color. Delicate, citrusy aromas of baked pineapple, cedar, and peppery spices with a silky, tangy, petillant, fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length pineapple cream, dark roasted nuts, and lemon spritzed apple finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A lively and refreshing chardonnay with delicate creaminess.
Pedroncelli 2014 F. Johnson Vineyard Chardonnay
88 points
$17
Yellow straw color. Delicate, fruity aromas of whole pineapple and lemon spritzed apple with a silky, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, cheery sweet cream, delicate spice, and nuts finish with soft, fruit tannins. A pure, zesty, lighter styled chardonnay.
San Simeon 2014  Chardonnay
88 points
$18
Bright medium bright gold color. Bright, fruity, toasty oaky earthy aromas of roasted pineapple, green apple, toasted coconuts, and gravel with a lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-length finish with firm, earthy, well-integrated, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
Hooker 2014  Chardonnay
88 points
$24
Bright medium golden yellow color. Toasty, tropical fruity aromas of apple crisp, pineapple, butter cream, and gravel with an vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Cardella 2014 Sophias Vineyard Chardonnay
87 points
$16
Light golden straw color. Bright, fruity, earthy citrusy floral aromas of applesauce, pear, cantaloupe, and lemongrass with an bright, dry medium body and a graceful, interesting, rapid nectarine, apple skin, fig, and grapefruit finish with no tannins and no oak. Bright, crisp and quaffable with apricot and apple flavors that finish with citrus and melon.
Elk Run 2014 Cold Friday Vineyard Chardonnay
87 points
$16.51
Bright medium light gold color. Mild, fruity, toasty attractive aromas of yellow apples, butter cream, Meyer lemon, and potters clay with an soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, distinctive, easy finish with fine, well-integrated tannins and light oak.
87 points $16.51
Lawer Estates 2014 Cannon Block Chardonnay
87 points
$26
Bright medium golden straw color. Bright, fruity, piney woody savory aromas of spiced yellow apples, fruit cocktail, planked pine, and pine cones with an vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, compelling, buoyant finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
Highway 12 2013 Reserve "Sangiacomo Vineyard" Chardonnay
87 points
$32
Bright medium bright gold color. Lively, fruity, creamy toasty aromas of pineapple yogurt, Meyer lemon, toasted coconut, and potters clay with a satiny, crisp, dry full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length finish with woody, crunchy tannins and moderate oak.
Barefoot NV  Chardonnay
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Delicate, fruity aromas of fruit cocktail and pineapple cake with a silky, crisp, off-dry light body and a seamless, swift apple sauce, candied lime and orange, and nougat finish with no oak. An easy chardonnay quaffer.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Maddalena 2012  Chardonnay
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Bright medium light gold color. Bright, fruity, tropical toasty aromas of yellow apples and dried straw with an bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, interesting, brisk finish with firm, grippy, fruit tannins and light oak.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Zeffer Hills 2013  Chardonnay
86 points
$16.99
Bright medium bright gold color. Toasty aromas of pineapple coconut custard, baked green apple, planked oak, and gravel with an lively, dry full body and a warming, distinctive, cheery finish with firm, grippy tannins and light oak.
86 points $16.99
Pend d’Oreille 2014  Chardonnay
86 points
$18
Bright medium yellow straw color. Lively, citrusy, fruity toasty aromas of lemon zest, coconut cream, gravel, and salinity with an crisp, dry full body and a warming, interesting, quick finish with earthy, fine tannins and light oak.
Sumner Peck Ranch 2012 "Cana-One" Chardonnay
85 points
$12
Golden yellow color. Bright, buttery, creamy aromas of butterscotch frosting and coconut cream pie with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, relaxed baked apple, starfruit, and nuts finish with dusty, fine tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant sipper.
Chime 2014  Chardonnay
85 points
$14.99
Straw green color. Delicate, fruity, spicy interesting aromas of spiced pears and melons, baked guava, and herb muffin with a satiny, soft, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy lemon cream, lime, and nuts finish with leafy, fruit tannins and light oak.
85 points $14.99
Tangley Oaks 2014 Lot #11 Chardonnay
85 points
$15
Golden straw color. Mild, curious, oaky aromas of wet balsa, fallen apples, and brown butter with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, swift lemon spritzed pineapple, pickled melon rind, and spiced nuts finish with fine tannins and light oak. A savory table companion.
Steeple Street 2014  Chardonnay
85 points
$16.99
Bright medium light gold color. Mild, fruity aromas of applesauce, toasted twigs, and gravel with an crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, stimulating, brisk finish with firm, crunchy tannins and light oak.
85 points $16.99
Shenandoah Vineyards 2014 Founders Reserve Chardonnay
85 points
$22
Straw color. Delicate, creamy, toasty aromas of apple tart and vanilla cream with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, swift green apple, nut, and earth finish. A nice dry chardonnay sipper.
Mackinaw Trail Winery 2014 "Unrestricted" Barrel Reserve Chardonnay
85 points
$45
Bright light golden straw color. Mild, fruity, woody aromas of apple pectin - jam, tree sap, and lightly toasted oak with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, charming, swift finish with chewy, firm tannins and light oak.
Jewelry Box 2013  Chardonnay
84 points
$27.99
Brilliant light gold color. Mild aromas of whole pineapple and nut brittle with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, brisk tart apple, nutskin, and earth finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A pleasant dry chardonnay for the table.
84 points $27.99
Penns Woods 2014 Reserve Chardonnay
84 points
$28
Bright light straw green color. Bright, fruity, citrusy yeasty aromas of grilled Greek lemons, toasty yeast, and baked parchment with a crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, stimulating, swift finish with grippy, firm tannins and light oak.
Provisions NV  Chardonnay
83 points
$20
Clear golden amber color. Delicate aromas of caramelized nuts, lemon pepper, and baked apples with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, brisk kiwi, melon, and nutskin finish with silky tannins. A pleasant, rounded chardonnay.
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