April 2016 - US Chardonnay

This month's Wine feature is US Chardonnay Wines
US Chardonnay Reviews
214499
Jarvis
2014 Finch Hollow Chardonnay
Bright medium bright gold color. Lively, roasted aromas and flavors of nuts, grilled apples and citrus, mocha, and minerals with a soft, lively, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long lemon and pineapple gelato, white chocolate mint, spice cake, and cedar finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak. A superbly flavorful chardonnay with big, brilliantly integrated oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214660
GiaDomella
2014 Joan's Reserve Chardonnay
Bright medium light gold color. Bright, interesting aromas and flavors of exotic tropical citrus, vanilla yogurt nuts and raisins, and meringue with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-long spiced praline and ripe pineapple and coconut finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. An intricate and appealing chardonnay that is well crafted.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214557
San Simeon
2014 Chardonnay
Bright brilliant golden yellow color. Lively, fruity, buttery aromas and flavors of apple pie, citrus buttercream on cake, and nut brittle with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long coconut cream, vanilla-lime custard, and delicate baking spices finish with silky, fruit tannins and moderate oak. A lovely creamy chardonnay with lots of tropical fruit flavors and bright acidity to support them.
94 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214432
Grgich Hills
2013 Estate Grown Chardonnay
Bright light gold color. Bright, waxy, smoky spicy aromas and flavors of candle wax, grilled citrus, pickled fruits, and rice pudding with a soft, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length kiwi and lemon sorbet, spiced nuts, and honeyed herbs finish with fine, crunchy tannins and light oak. A toasty, vibrantly delicious chardonnay for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214498
Jarvis
2014 Estate Grown Cave Fermented Chardonnay
Bright medium golden yellow color. Rich, toasty, attractive aromas and flavors of white chocolate covered graham crackers, mocha latte, and pineapple cake with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-length spiced apples and nuts, lemon chiffon, and minerals finish with fine, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A wonderful example of a well-oaked Napa chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214485
Peirano
2014 Heritage Collection Chardonnay
Bright golden straw color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of nuts, grilled pineapple and coconut, and caramel with an even, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length honeyed citrus and apples, dark toast, and cedar finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A solid well oaked chardonnay sipper.
93 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214637
Caricature
2014 Chardonnay
Bright medium golden yellow color. Bright, minty aromas and flavors of white chocolate mint cookie, exotic tropical fruit, and lime and curry leaves with a glycerous, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length eucalyptus honey on apples, Asian spices, and caramel cream finish with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully spicy and tropical chardonnay pleaser.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214555
Maddalena
2013 Chardonnay
Bright light gold color. Delicate, attractive, creamy baked aromas and flavors of apple custard pie and pineapple cake, creme brulee, and spiced nuts with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, long dried peach and mango, lemon cream pie, and peppered nuts finish with moderate oak. A rich and fruity chardonnay with a snappy hint of pepper on the finish.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214670
McIlroy
2014 Aquarius Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay
Bright medium light gold color. Bright, tropical, toasty aromas and flavors of coconut, white toffee, and apple pie crust with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length creamy vanilla and dried pineapple finish with fine, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A tasty well-oaked chardonnay with fine balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214487
Dutton Estate
2014 Dutton Palms Chardonnay
Bright medium light gold color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted vanilla nougat, grilled citrus and apples, and toasty spices with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length green apple and pineapple, vanilla nuts, and earth finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A very nice oak accented chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214488
Dutton Estate
2014 Warren's Collection Chardonnay
Bright medium golden yellow color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of tropical citrus cornucopia, melon, papaya yogurt, and cedar mulch with a glycerous, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length starfruit and yellow apple and delicate brown spices finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, balanced and engaging chardonnay that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214517
Folie à Deux
2014 Unoaked Limited Release Chardonnay
Bright medium light gold color. Lively, tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple-papaya relish, caramelized spiced apples, and melon cream with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long Meyer lemon sorbet, yellow apple, and spiced nuts finish with fine tannins and light oak. A fresh lively chardonnay with juicy fruit.
92 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214515
Napa Cellars
2014 Chardonnay
Bright medium light gold color. Bright, toasty, floral aromas and flavors of lemon curd on toast, pineapple tart, white toffee, and fancy soap with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, carefree mango-lime relish, spicy nougat, cream, and mint finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A crisp, refreshing chardonnay sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214641
Artesa
2014 Chardonnay
Bright medium gold color. Bright, fruity, fresh oaky aromas of green apples - pineapple, shellac - varnish, underbrush - garrigue, and lemon pith with a lively, dryish full body and a peppery, intricate, medium-length finish with chewy tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214492
Cape May
2014 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Light gold color. Tropical aromas and flavors of caramelized pineapple and spicy apple cider with a vibrant, petillant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length coconut milk, ripe papaya, roasted banana, and sweet and peppery spices finish with silky, fruit tannins. A rich, rather opulent barrel fermented chardonnay that makes a fine sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214556
Windstream
2013 Sarmento Vineyard Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Bright, tropical, toasty aromas and flavors of ripe papaya and guanabana, Moroccan orange spice cake, praline, and pickled melon with a satiny, tangy, fruity body and a smooth, complex, long coconut cream, pineapple-lime relish, and vanilla finish with moderate oak. A deliciously rich and vibrant well oaked chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214558
Westport
2014 "Shorebird" Chardonnay
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Lively, fresh aromas and flavors of tropical fruit salad, vanilla frozen yogurt, and lemon herb muffin with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a silky, elegant, medium-long tangerine, coconut milk, and caramel apple finish. A vibrant, zesty chardonnay with ripe tropical fruit and acidity tuned for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214678
Byington
2014 Wrights Station Vineyard Chardonnay
Light gold color. Toasty, oaky earthy aromas and flavors of praline, white chocolate, and apple pie with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long lemon curd, nuts, and spice finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A silky, fruit-driven chardonnay with nice lemony acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214486
Dutton Estate
2013 Kyndall's Reserve Chardonnay
Bright medium golden yellow color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of tropical fruit cocktail, spiced apples, and coconut cream with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, breezy kiwi, spiced nuts, and minerals finish with fine tannins and light oak. A vibrant and nicely layered chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214668
Ledson
2014 Chardonnay
Brilliant golden straw color. Delicate, fresh aromas and flavors of spiced pineapples, almond cookie, and vanilla sugar with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, charming, medium-length kiwi-lime relish and vanilla yogurt nuts finish with no oak. A wonderfully zesty and vibrantly fruity chardonnay that will be great with seafood.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214701
The Divining Rod
2014 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Delicate, citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon-papaya sorbet, overripe pineapple, spiced melon, and herbal incense with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length lemon spritzed pear, nuts, cream, and minerals finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice tangy chardonnay.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214569
City Winery
2014 Scopus Vineyards Chardonnay
Bright brilliant medium yellow straw color. Delicate, tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple cake and apple butter on biscuit with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length lemon-lime curd and roasted nuts finish with fine tannins and no oak. An attractive, nice and tangy chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214511
Midnight
2014 Estate Chardonnay
Bright medium old gold color. Bright, fruity, inviting tropical toasty aromas of dried tropical fruit mango, lemon cream, canvas, and gravel with a lively, dryish full body and a smooth, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214658
Corner 103
2014 Chardonnay
Bright medium gold color. Bright, roasted, umami aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and grilled citrus with an even, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, layered, medium-length spiced apples, kiwis and mangos and nuts finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A nice tropical chardonnay with zesty fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214680
Tin Cross
2014 Reserve Chardonnay
Bright medium old gold color. Bright, fresh, fruity yeasty minerally aromas of yellow apples, roasted pineapples, butter cream, and planked cedar with a creamy, soft, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, complex, long finish with soft tannins and light oak. A very tasty and balanced Chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214885
Bordeleau
NV Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Lively, toasty, tropical aromas and flavors of coconut cream pie, apple chutney, spiced nuts, and pickled melon with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, captivating, medium-length citrus custard and delicate herbs finish with silky, fruit tannins. A delicious and nicely balanced chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214729
The California Winery
2013 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Lively, citrusy, creamy aromas and flavors of lemon meringue pie, spicy praline, and dried pineapple and coconut with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, stimulating, medium-length vanilla custard, spiced apples, citrus, and melon finish. A smooth, supple, and nicely composed chardonnay.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214718
Forest Glen
2014 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Delicate, toasty, creamy aromas and flavors of apple pie and grilled pineapple with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, intriguing, medium-long vanilla cream and nut brittle finish. A juicy, fruity, well made chardonnay that is sure to please.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214444
Diversion
2014 Chardonnay
Straw color. Bright, smoky aromas of grilled apples, incense, pickled melon, and apple wood smoke with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, breezy clementine, yellow apple, lychee, and cream finish with fine, fruit tannins. A purely flavored, very well balanced chardonnay that will be very versatile.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214506
Alba
2014 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
Bright light medium gold color. Mild, fruity, toasty aromas of spicy stone fruits - apricots, Meyer lemon, planked cedar, and gravel with a crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, charming finish with firm tannins.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214638
Ivory & Burt
2013 Chardonnay
Bright medium golden straw color. Lively, creamy, toasty fruity aromas and flavors of vanilla buttercream, sandalwood incense, and caramelized apples with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, layered, medium-length honey roasted lemon, spiced nuts, and creme brulee finish with chewy, soft tannins and moderate oak. A charming and very attractive chardonnay with ample fruit and buttery, creamy oak.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214522
Complicated
2014 Chardonnay
Bright medium golden yellow color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of baked tropical fruits, waxy honeycomb, and sour cream frosting with a soft, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, buoyant honeycrisp apple and lime gelato finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A very tasty and tangy chardonnay for sipping or the table.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214716
Domaine Napa
2014 Chardonnay
Bright yellow straw color. Bright, attractive, oaky aromas and flavors of pickled tropical fruits, cream puff, white chocolate mint, and nut flour and blonde tobacco with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long lemon cream pie and apple chutney finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nicely spicy, layered and balanced chardonnay with bright acidity for the table.
90 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214441
Peace Water
2014 "Soulful" Chardonnay
Bright medium golden straw color. Bright, toasty, tropical aromas and flavors of roasted coconut, meringue, and white toffee with a soft, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, involved, medium-length apple pie a la mode, spiced pineapples, nutskins, and pepper finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, spicy chardonnay with solid core of fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214551
Manzoni Estate
2014 North Highlands Cuvée Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of praline and apple and peach pies with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length lemon curd, dried peach in cream, and spiced nuts finish with silky, chewy tannins and light oak. A round, well balanced chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214721
Montpellier
2014 Chardonnay
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla nut brittle, apple tart, and pineapple cake with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length vanilla custard finish with fruit tannins. A smooth silky chardonnay with nice fruit and effortless drinkability.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214751
Bogle
2014 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Waxy, toasty aromas and flavors of white toffee, vanilla candle, and dried pineapple with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, brisk lemon cream, nuts, and oak finish with light oak. A tangy, tasty chardonnay.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214639
Sand Point
2014 Family Vineyards Chardonnay
Brilliant golden straw color. Delicate, roasted aromas and flavors of toasted cedar planks, incense, dark grilled pineapple, and palm leaves with an even, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long baked kiwi and apple, nutskins, and spice finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A nice and tidy spicy chardonnay.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214679
Byington
2014 Tin Cross Vineyard Chardonnay
Bright light gold color. Fruity, sweaty aromas of yellow apples, toasted yeast, sweat, and gravel - star anise with a satiny, bright, dryish full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214722
Napa Ridge
2014 Chardonnay
Brilliant golden straw color. Bright, spicy, earthy aromas and flavors of spiced nuts and fall fruits, mossy earth, praline, and tropical flowering trees with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-length vanilla caramel bon bon, Asian spiced coconut and papaya, and lime gelato finish with moderate oak. A zesty, nicely spicy chardonnay.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214450
Reaper
2014 Chardonnay
Bright medium golden yellow color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of praline, caramelized pineapple, and apple butter on toast with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, layered, medium-length lemon spritzed apple and praline finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. A nice juicy chardonnay with ample fruit.
89 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214400
Handley
2014 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay
Bright light medium light gold color. Bright, fruity, citrusy clean toasty aromas of lemoncello, yellow apples, nectarines, and dried canvas with a soft, dryish full body and a graceful, complex, cheery finish with soft tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214500
Jarvis
2014 Unfiltered Finch Hollow Chardonnay
Minutely hazy bright gold color. Bright, waxy aromas and flavors of dried tropical fruits, raisin toast, and vanilla yogurt with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length spiced pineapples and nuts, cedar, and minerals finish with moderate oak. A rich and elusive chardonnay for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214710
Carmenet
2014 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Roasted aromas and flavors of nuts and spiced pineapple with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, snappy vanilla nuts and coconut cream finish with silky, fruit tannins. A tasty, toasty, nice oaked chardonnay
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214521
SeaGlass
2014 Unoaked Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Curious aromas and flavors of pineapple husk, schmaltz, and peanut with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy clementine, lime curd, and green apple finish with crunchy, fine tannins and no oak. A nice zesty chardonnay that will pair nicely.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214662
Hillside Winery
2013 Unoaked Chardonnay
Straw green color. Bright, yeasty, umami aromas and flavors of marinated mushrooms, overripe papaya and lime, and soda bread with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy vanilla yogurt, wintergreen, soy nuts, and grass finish with light oak. An interesting combination of creaminess, umami and herbs.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214475
Heron Hill Winery
2014 Classic Unoaked Chardonnay
Bright pale golden yellow color. Bright, fruity, minerally aromas of apple skin, gravel, milled lemon soap, lime, and minerality with a supple, crisp, dryish full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with firm, fruit tannins. A very racy, Chablis-like chardonnay.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214448
Esser Vineyards
2014 Chardonnay
Bright brilliant light gold color. Bright, baked aromas and flavors of stewed apples and pineapples, dark roasted nuts, pickling spices, and lychee with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length kiwi custard tart and citrus gelato finish. A nice fruity chardonnay that is sure to please.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214601
Windrun
2013 Chardonnay
Bright light medium old gold color. Bright, fruity, funky citrusy aromas of ripe pineapple, Meyer lemon, dried canvas, and turned earth with an tangy, dryish full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214442
Peace Water
2014 "Radiant" Chardonnay
Bright medium golden straw color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of caramelized pineapple, mango-papaya custard, and sautéed pineapple with a soft, lively, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length honeyed spiced apples, praline, and cedar finish with grippy tannins and moderate oak. Delicious and well balanced marriage of fruit and oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214597
Working Dog Winery
2014 Black Feather Vineyard Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Creamy, tropical aromas and flavors of creme brulee, coconut cream pie, and pineapple cake with a silky, crisp, fruity body and a smooth, charming, medium-length green apple and delicate pickling spice and herbs finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and light oak. A nice zesty chardonnay with a pleasant creaminess.
88 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214540
Tulocay
2014 Haynes Vineyard Chardonnay
Bright brilliant light gold color. Mild, spicy, oaky aromas and flavors of banana and pineapple cakes, spicy nut brittle, and vanilla mint cookie with a velvety, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, medium-length honey baked apple, lemon sorbet, and pepper dust finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant, well oaked chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214669
Ledson
2014 Chardonnay
Minutely hazy golden straw color. Mild, buttery, roasted aromas and flavors of brown butter, roasted nuts, grilled apples, and lemon wax with an even, tangy, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, compelling, breezy lemon and pineapple sorbets, apple cider, spiced nuts, and minerals finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A very tangy, scintillating chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214719
J.W. Morris
2014 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of kiwi and vanilla nuts with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant spiced apples and pears, nuts, and lemon curd finish with light oak. A solid chardonnay sipper.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214713
Coastal Ridge
2014 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Mild aromas and flavors of apple pie crust and lemon yogurt with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length spiced pineapple, kiwi, and nuts finish with fine, fruit tannins. A clean, well balanced and refreshing chardonnay.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214481
Black Willow Winery
2014 Chardonnay
Bright light medium light gold color. Bright, fruity, sweaty savory aromas of dried fruits - apricots, lemon saltwater taffy, gravel, and tree bark with a supple, lively, dryish full body and a warming, nuanced, carefree finish with barky tannins.
87 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214451
Replica
2014 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Bright, exotic aromas and flavors of guanabana, tamarind, and lychee with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length spiced kumquats and kiwi, vanilla yogurt nuts, melon rind, and sandalwood finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and moderate oak. An interesting and rather exotic chardonnay sipper.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214724
Green Truck
2014 Chardonnay
Pale golden straw color. Bright, baked aromas of apple and peach, cashew and sesame butter, and spiced melon with an even, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, breezy honeyed citrus and nuts finish with soft tannins and no oak. A nice off-dry Chardonnay quaffer.
87 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214454
Castoro Cellars
2014 Estate Chardonnay
Bright medium bright gold color. Bright, fresh, fruity aromas of lemon aide, green apple, gravel, and pressed linen with an crisp, dryish full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish with cottony, fruit tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214702
Pedroncelli
2014 Signature Selection Chardonnay
Bright medium bright gold color. Bright, sweaty, curious aromas and flavors of cheese rind, leather, and Indian spiced fruits with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, snappy pineapple sorbet, cashew brittle, and coconut milk finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A tasty chardonnay with a nice touch of oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214598
Elk Run
2015 Cold Friday Vineyard Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Delicate, earthy, umami aromas and flavors of vanilla yogurt, fallen apples, and dried leaves with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, breezy papaya, green pineapple, and mulch finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins. A savory, earthy chardonnay for the table.
87 points $16.57
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214728
Santa Barbara Crossing
2014 Chardonnay
Bright medium light gold color. Bright, fruity aromas of tropical fruits, pineapple saltwater taffy, bread crust, and vanilla tinged oak with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, complex, snappy finish with woody tannins and light oak.
87 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214518
Joel Gott
2014 Unoaked Chardonnay
Pale golden straw color. Delicate, creamy aromas and flavors of toasted meringue, apple pie crust, and pineapple salsa with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy lemon curd, cedar, and pickling spices finish with dusty, woody tannins. A crisp and refreshing chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214539
Cadman
2014 Haynes Vineyard Chardonnay
Bright brilliant golden yellow color. Mild, buttery, attractive aromas and flavors of vanilla buttercream, cinnamon raisin nut toast, apple butter, and lemon custard with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length spiced citrus, praline, and pink pepper finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice mellow, lightly oaked chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214714
Coastal Vines
2014 Chardonnay
Bright emerald straw color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of dried banana, vanilla cream, and apple butter with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy tropical fruit custard finish. A pleasant, fruity, easy drinking chardonnay.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214524
Trinity Oaks
2014 Chardonnay
Pale golden straw color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of coconut and banana cream pie with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, buoyant yellow apple, kiwi, and spiced nuts finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and light oak. A pleasant, easy drinking chardonnay with nice balance.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214709
Bears’ Lair
2013 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Delicate, tropical aromas and flavors of exotic tropical citrus, lemon meringue, and vanilla mint cookie with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, relaxed alpine herbs, pickled melon, nuts, and cream finish with fine, crunchy tannins and light oak. A nice spicy chardonnay sipper.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214717
Fat Cat
2014 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of apple sauce and pound cake with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, relaxed vanilla custard, clementine, and spice finish. A light refreshing chardonnay with nice fruit.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214629
Cannonball
2014 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Delicate, woody aromas and flavors of lumber, peppered pineapple relish, and waxy honeycomb with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, easy yellow apple and pear, oak, lemon spritzed melon, and white tea finish with crunchy, woody tannins and light oak. A pleasant oaky chardonnay.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214640
LangeTwins Winery
2015 Estate Chardonnay
Bright light golden yellow color. Bright, fruity, fresh tropical aromas of tutti fruiti, lemon butter cream, pineapple, and vanilla tinged oak with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, interesting, quick finish with chewy tannins and light oak.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214476
Heron Hill Winery
2013 Single Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay
Bright light medium bright gold color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas of yellow apples, lemon curd, gravel, and dried straw with a crisp, dry full body and a peppery, engaging, brisk finish with gritty tannins.
86 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214727
Santa Barbara Canyon
2014 Chardonnay
Bright medium light gold color. Bright, toasty, fruity fresh aromas of toasted coconut, yellow apples, pineapple, and gravel - dried canvas with an bright, dryish full body and a warming, complex finish with firm fruit tannins and light oak.
86 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214516
Folie à Deux
2014 Chardonnay
Bright medium golden straw color. Yeasty aromas and flavors of dough, minerals, and dried fruit with an even, vibrant, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, easy green apple in cream, pineapple-mango relish, nuts, and lemon pepper finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A bright juicy chardonnay with nice balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214725
Rutherford Vintners
2014 Chardonnay
Brilliant bright straw green color. Delicate, interesting, spicy aromas and flavors of waxy apple and honeycomb, powdery anisette cookie, ground almonds, herbs, and spices, and white blossoms with an even, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length lemon spritzed pineapples and tropical fruit creme brulee finish with fine, soft tannins and light oak. A very tasty well made chardonnay.
86 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214514
Napa Cellars
2013 V Collection Chardonnay
Bright medium golden straw color. Delicate, buttery, fruity toasty aromas and flavors of baked apple and pineapple, toasted almonds, toasted coconut meringue, and earth with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, amusing, breezy spice, oak, and lemon custard finish with crunchy, woody tannins and heavy oak. A firm oaky chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214700
CK Mondavi
2014 Willow Springs Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Delicate aromas and flavors of spiced apples, buttery praline, and peppercorns with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, fast dried pineapple and nuts finish. A pleasant nutty chardonnay.
85 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214711
Cedar Brook
2014 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of banana and coconut cream pies and apple tart with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy pear, lemon cream, and roasted nuts finish with crunchy, fruit tannins. A solid, chardonnay for everyday enjoyment.
85 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214720
Laurier
2013 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of apple pie filling and praline with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, snappy lemon and pineapple custard and mossy earth finish. A nice fruity chardonnay.
85 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214497
Auburn Road
2014 The White Bottle Chardonnay
Bright pale yellow straw color. Fruity, buttery aromas of dried trail mix - peaches, lemon curd, saddle sweat, and gravel with an tangy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, refreshing, brisk finish with grippy tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214715
Crane Lake
2014 Chardonnay
Straw green color. Mild, creamy, toasty aromas and flavors of meringue and baked pineapple with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk powdered citrus, nutskins, and earth finish with light oak. An easy quaffer.
84 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214525
Three Thieves
2014 California Republic Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Bright, toasty, creamy aromas and flavors of nougat and baked apple with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy pineapple, lemon cream, and nuts finish with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and light oak. A nice carefree sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214726
Salmon Creek
2014 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Bright, smoky aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and grilled apples with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-length honey baked lemon, mocha gelato, white toffee, and oak finish with fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak. A toasty, oak forward chardonnay.
84 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214527
Bandit
NV Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Delicate, tropical aromas and flavors of kiwi papaya salad and delicate peppery spices with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk melon, lemon chiffon, and ground nuts finish with fine, fruit tannins and light oak. A nice and easy everyday white wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214519
Ménage à Trois
2014 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Bright, smoky aromas and flavors of wood smoke and grilled fruits with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, vanilla yogurt nuts, lemon, and cedar finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. An oak forward chardonnay sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214520
Montevina
2014 Chardonnay
Light gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of nuts and apple pie crust with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, rapid pear, nutskins, and vanilla finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice everyday chardonnay sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214723
Picket Fence
2014 Chardonnay
Dull medium golden yellow with color. Bright, earthy, roasted umami aromas and flavors of salty damp earth, hazelnuts latte, dried apples and citrus, and dried meat with an even, soft, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, breezy kiwi custard and nutskins finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A toasty quaffer.
84 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214535
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2014 Wetzel Family Estate Chardonnay
Bright light golden yellow color. Mild aromas of lemon salt water taffy, green apple, dried canvas, and gravel with a tangy, dryish full body and a warming, fleeting finish with grippy tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214401
Handley
2013 Water Tower Chardonnay
Bright medium yellow straw color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of yogurt nuts, spiced apple, and earth with a soft, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, brisk citrus, overripe melon, and grass finish with firm tannins and light oak. A light, lively, and slightly petillant Chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214586
Adobe Road
2014 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay
Bright medium light gold color. Delicate, yeasty aromas and flavors of apple pastry, ground nuts, and clay with an even, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, breezy coconut water, pineapple gelato, and nutshells finish with earthy tannins and light oak. A pleasant sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214526
Sutter Home
NV Chardonnay
Gold color. Mild, nutty aromas and flavors of nut brittle and pineapple cake with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, fleeting green apple and lemon spritzed melon finish with fine, fruit tannins. A pleasant sipper.
83 points $6 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214708
Albertoni
2014 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Delicate, tropical aromas and flavors of coconut macaroon, vanilla caramel bon bon, and apple strudel with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, quick lemon chiffon, nutskin, and bark finish with woody, husky tannins and moderate oak. A light yet oaky quaffer.
83 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214523
Newman’s Own
2014 Chardonnay
Gold color. Waxy, fruity aromas and flavors of apple tart, nuts, and vanilla candle with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, swift lemon-pineapple relish, melon rind, and cedar finish with fine, dusty tannins. An easy sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214491
Cape May
2014 Reserve Chardonnay
Bright medium golden amber color. Bright, fruity, candied aromas of juicy fruit candy, dried peaches, lemon curd, and dried twigs with a tart, dryish full body and a hot, brief finish with grippy tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214536
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2013 "Alexander School" Reserve Chardonnay
Bright medium golden amber color. Bright, fruity, citrusy aromas of green apple, lemoncello, toasted coconut, and clarified butter with an soft, dry-yet-fruity full body and a silky, momentary finish with soft tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214712
Charles Shaw
2014 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Delicate, fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of baked tropical fruits, vanilla toffee, and banana leaves with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and an effortless, breezy banana cream pie and apple butter on a lemon scone finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and light oak. A solid everyday quaffer; serve with a good chill.
82 points $4.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214482
Johnson Estate
2013 Freelings Creek Reserve Chardonnay
Bright medium gold color. Lively, fruity, buttery toasty aromas of stone fruits peach skin, coconut saltwater taffy, lemon butter, and melon with a supple, crisp, dryish full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with firm tannins.
82 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214593
Grande River Vineyards
2014 Chardonnay
Straw color. Bright, sulfurous, yeasty aromas and flavors of grilled pineapples and matchstick with a supple, tart, dryish light body and a smooth, rapid stewed apples, reduced lemon, and earth finish with dusty, chewy tannins and heavy oak. A tart, earthy, oaky chardonnay for the table.
82 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214406
Penns Woods
2014 Reserve Chardonnay
Straw green color. Sulfurous, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled apples and matchsticks with a supple, tart, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, odd, brisk lime juice, green apple skin, and nuts finish. A smoky, racy chardonnay for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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