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November 2016 - US Chardonnay

November 2016 - US Chardonnay
This month's Wine feature is US Chardonnay Wines

US Chardonnay Reviews

Biltmore Estate 2015 Reserve Chardonnay
93 points
$18.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Toasty, creamy aromas and flavors of toasted meringue, spicy apple pie, pineapple marmalade, and roasted nuts with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long orange, white toffee, creme brulee, and sweet and peppery spices finish with a suggestion of oak. A delicious, juicy chardonnay with great flavor and light creamy oak.
93 points $18.99 Best Buy
McIlroy 2015 Aquarius Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay
93 points
$32
Golden yellow color. Toasty, tropical aromas and flavors of grilled pineapple, spiced apples, nougat, and cake with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-long creme brulee, nuts, and sweet and peppery spices. finish with fine, fruit tannins and light oak. A vibrant, flavor-packed chardonnay with balance and charm.
Highwayman 2014  Chardonnay
93 points
$38
Light gold color. Tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple cake, apple custard pie, and nougat with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long lemon curd, toasted coconut, and vanilla toffee finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A bright, juicy chardonnay with deep tropical fruit flavors.
Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Chardonnay
92 points
$24
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of spiced apple and pineapple cake a la mode with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length lemon chiffon, mango-coconut relish, and white toffee finish with silky tannins and light oak. A refreshing chardonnay with bright tasty fruit and finely balanced oak.
Christophe 2015  Chardonnay
92 points
$24.99
Light gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of pickled pineapple and cucumber, apple butter on lemon scone, and toasted nut with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long spiced apple and pear, fleur de sel, and flan finish with chewy tannins. A balanced and savory Burgundian-style Chardonnay that will be very versatile.
92 points $24.99
DH Lescombes 2014  Chardonnay
91 points
$15
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Exotic, tropical, creamy aromas and flavors of piña colada, mango tapioca, and white chocolate macadamia nougat with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long spiced apple and lime sorbet finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A bold, flavor packed chardonnay with great tropical fruit and zesty acidity.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Maddalena 2014  Chardonnay
91 points
$15
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of melon rind, bruised apple, and nut skin with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, crisp vanilla yogurt nuts, hint of cedar, and coconut cream finish with a suggestion of oak. A bright, refreshing chardonnay with finely balanced oak.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Mira Winery 2014  Chardonnay
91 points
$30
Bright clear light gold color. Attractive, fruity, toasty, tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple upside down cake, apple pie, young coconut, and mango and papaya relish with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long green apples, pickled melon, and nougat finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A rich, savory chardonnay for all occasions.
Ledson 2014  Chardonnay
91 points
$44
Bright gold color. Aromas of charred oak, roasted pineapple, butter cream, and yellow apple skin with a lively, dry full body and a breezy finish with woody, well-integrated tannins. A wonderful oak-driven yet complex nose.
Lobo 2015 Wulff Vineyards Chardonnay
91 points
$60
Bright golden yellow color. Roasted aromas and flavors of toasted coconut, caramel roasted apple, and spiced nuts with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, buoyant vanilla buttercream, sliced pineapple, and toasted cedar finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A round, oaky, buttery chardonnay.
Biltmore Estate 2015  Chardonnay
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of caramel apple, nuts, and dried lime with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long nectarine, lime, and melon finish. A bright and refreshing chardonnay with great fruit with lively acidity.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Bordeleau 2015 Reserve Chardonnay
90 points
$20
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, spicy apple pie filling, and toasted herbs with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long coconut cream and mincemeat pie a la mode finish with moderate oak. A nice, spicy, oaky chardonnay.
Publix Premium 2013  Chardonnay
90 points
$20
Golden straw color. Toasty, citrusy aromas and flavors of caramelized lemon and pineapple, nut brittle and cedar, apple custard, and coconut buttercream with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, medium-length delicate spice nuts finish with soft, silky tannins and light oak. A very smooth, juicy, and well balanced chardonnay with nice ripe fruit and toasty oak.
The White Bottle 2015  Chardonnay
90 points
$20
Bright emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of coconut macaroon, baked pineapple, almond cookie, and melon and blossoms with a silky, bright, fruity body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length citrus and green apple finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A very attractive and vibrant chardonnay with emphasis on pure mouthwatering fruit and acidity instead of oak.
Highwayman 2013  Chardonnay
90 points
$38
Bright clear light gold color. Creamy, tropical aromas and flavors of coconut buttercream, vanilla cake, and spiced caramel apple with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long spiced pineapple and lemon chiffon finish with silky, fruit tannins and moderate oak. A very creamy and attractive chardonnay with rich tropical flavors.
Barefoot NV  Chardonnay
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Bright gold color. Tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple, banana relish, honey crisp apple, and nougat with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-long apple tart, lemon curd on toast, and clementine finish with fine tannins. A fun flavorful fruity chardonnay that is sure to please.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
AVA Grace 2014  Chardonnay
89 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried apple and pineapple and rubber eraser with a fruity medium body and a medium-length lemon custard, nut skins, and spicy flan finish. A bright juicy chardonnay.
89 points $8.99 Best Buy
Matchbook 2015 "Old Head" Estate Bottled Chardonnay
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of creme brulee and spicy apple pie with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, carefree nut brittle finish with light oak. A supple, round chardonnay with creamy oak and ripe tropical fruit.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Chessman 2014  Chardonnay
89 points
$19.99
Bright golden yellow color. Toasty aromas and flavors of grilled pineapple and multigrain baguette and spiced apple with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length apple custard tart, praline, and cedar finish with fine tannins and light oak. A smooth, juicy chardonnay with a nice layer of creamy oak.
89 points $19.99
McIlroy 2015  Chardonnay
89 points
$22
Light gold color. Toasty, fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of butter cookie and pineapple custard and cake with a velvety, soft, petillant, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, stimulating, medium-long apple pie, orange-mango cream, and hint of pepper finish with light oak. A round, juicy chardonnay sipper.
Slow Press 2014  Chardonnay
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of caramel apple and grilled pineapple with a fruity medium body and a medium-length vanilla cream finish. Nice creamy fruity chardonnay.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Carneros Highway 2015 "Nueva" Chardonnay
88 points
$19.50
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized pineapple and nuts with molasses with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a silky, stimulating, medium-long apple custard, lemon sorbet, and nougat finish with light oak. A nicely balanced chardonnay.
88 points $19.50
Elk Run 2015 Liberty Tavern Vineyard Chardonnay
88 points
$24.77
Yellow straw color. Roasted, nutty, grassy aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, grilled apples and lemons, and grassy herbs with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a silky, appealing, cheery vanilla tapioca, coconut water, leaves, and mineral ore finish with silky tannins and light oak. A round, earthy chardonnay.
88 points $24.77
Diamond Ridge 2014  Chardonnay
88 points
$45
Bright old gold color. Aromas and flavors of bruised golden delicious apples, bread dough and brioche, toasted oak, and pressed linen with a crisp, dryish full body and a complex, medium-length finish with woody, cottony tannins and light oak. A pastry chef would like this wine.
DeLoach Vineyards 2014 Private Collection Chardonnay
87 points
$15.99
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple upside down cake, apple pie crust, and nougat with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy tropical fruit salad, tangerine custard, and nut brittle finish with no oak. A fruity, juicy chardonnay crowd pleaser.
87 points $15.99
Levendi 2014 Reserve Chardonnay
87 points
$40
Bright clear golden straw color. Buttery, toasty, oaky, fruity aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, dried pineapple, papaya and and apple with a supple, bright, medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length apple butter on toast, coconut flakes, and vanilla nuts finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A rock solid Napa chardonnay with fine balance.
Cedar Creek Winery 2014  Chardonnay
85 points
$12
Brilliant yellow straw color. Interesting, savory aromas and flavors of pickled peppers and citrus fruits, caperberries, and orange blossoms with a silky, bright, dryish body and a sleek, interesting, relaxed green apple and pineapple and lemon and lemongrass finish with no oak. A very savory and decidedly different chardonnay for the table.
Peirano 2014 Heritage Collection Chardonnay
85 points
$14
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of matchsticks and grilled apple with a dryish medium-to-full body and a medium-length roasted nuts and grilled citrus finish. A smoky oaky chardonnay sipper.
Zeffer Hills 2014  Chardonnay
85 points
$17.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of mango, lime, and pineapple with a dryish light-to-medium body and a carefree finish. Very crisp tangy Chardonnay for the table.
85 points $17.99
Spangler 2015  Chardonnay
85 points
$21
Bright light gold color. Aromas and flavors of ripe green apple, tree bark, lemon pith, and gravel with a crisp, dry full body and an intricate, rapid finish with barky tannins and light oak. Lovely apple notes in the nose.
The Naked Grape NV  Chardonnay
84 points
$14.99
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pineapple yogurt and melon rind with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, breezy vanilla cream and molasses drizzled apples finish with a suggestion of oak. A delicate fruit quaffer.
84 points $14.99
Wollersheim 2014  Chardonnay
84 points
$15
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of nutskin and chocolate drizzled apple with a soft, crisp, dryish light body and a seamless, cheery citrus, pear, and earth finish with fine, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. A dry, delicate chardonnay for the table.
Pour Haus 2015  Chardonnay
84 points
$18.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple, spiced apple, and nuts with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cheery roasted lemon finish. Crisp, light and clean.
84 points $18.99
Montague 2013  Chardonnay
84 points
$35
Bright straw color. Unusual aromas and flavors of apple honey vinaigrette, dried apples, pineapple yogurt, and overripe tropical fruits with a soft, shy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, short lemon chiffon, nutskin, apple bobbing water, and balsa finish with light oak.
Black Willow Winery NV  Chardonnay
83 points
$14.95
Golden yellow color. yeasty aromas and flavors of peach yogurt, spiced apple, and nuts with a silky, soft, dryish medium body and a breezy spiced apple and pear and dried pineapple finish with dusty tannins. A dry mellow chardonnay that will be nice with creamy pasta dishes.
83 points $14.95
Pedroncelli 2015 Signature Selection Chardonnay
83 points
$15
Golden yellow color. Curious aromas and flavors of overripe apple and melon, burnt straw, and butter roasted peanuts with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy pickled melon, reduced lemon, and grilled pineapple finish with fruity tannins. A smoky nutty chardonnay for the table.
Replica 2015 Knockoff Chardonnay
82 points
$10.99
Golden yellow color. Earthy, nutty aromas and flavors of brown grass, apple core, and roasted nuts with a silky, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk lemon spritzed apple, hay, and Greek yogurt finish with moderate oak. A very dry earthy chardonnay.
82 points $10.99
Pedroncelli 2015 F. Johnson Vineyard Chardonnay
81 points
$17
Light gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of caramel cookie, vanilla yogurt, and coconut bar with a soft, racy, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk lemon gelato and spiced apple finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A tart, racy chardonnay.
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