November 2016 - US Chardonnay

This month's Wine feature is US Chardonnay Wines
US Chardonnay Reviews
217449
Biltmore Estate
2015 Reserve Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217499
McIlroy
2015 Aquarius Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217261
Highwayman
2014 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217339
Pollak Vineyards
2015 Estate Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217491
Christophe
2015 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217338
DH Lescombes
2014 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217369
Maddalena
2014 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217203
Mira Winery
2014 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217444
Ledson
2014 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217424
Lobo
2015 Wulff Vineyards Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217448
Biltmore Estate
2015 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217480
Bordeleau
2015 Reserve Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217478
Publix Premium
2013 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217264
The White Bottle
2015 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217260
Highwayman
2013 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217331
Barefoot
NV Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217475
AVA Grace
2014 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216595
Matchbook
2015 "Old Head" Estate Bottled Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217227
Chessman
2014 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217498
McIlroy
2015 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217477
Slow Press
2014 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217262
Carneros Highway
2015 "Nueva" Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217209
Elk Run
2015 Liberty Tavern Vineyard Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217468
Diamond Ridge
2014 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217490
DeLoach Vineyards
2014 Private Collection Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217314
Levendi
2014 Reserve Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217140
Cedar Creek Winery
2014 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217387
Peirano
2014 Heritage Collection Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217506
Zeffer Hills
2014 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217439
Spangler
2015 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217332
The Naked Grape
NV Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217141
Wollersheim
2014 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217476
Pour Haus
2015 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217467
Montague
2013 Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217445
Black Willow Winery
NV Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217276
Pedroncelli
2015 Signature Selection Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217233
Replica
2015 Knockoff Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217277
Pedroncelli
2015 F. Johnson Vineyard Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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