April 2017 - US Chardonnay

This month's Wine feature is US Chardonnay Wines
US Chardonnay Reviews
219071
Napa Cellars
2014 Chardonnay
Bright bright gold color. Fresh, oaky aromas of pina colada, pecan, toasted cinnamon, and caramel with a round, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length vanilla apple taffy, toasted pound cake, and baked pineapple finish with well-integrated, cottony, fruit, fine tannins and moderate oak. A vanilla-forward and balanced napa Chardonnay that delivers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219077
Montevina
2015 Omira Hills Chardonnay
Bright old gold color. Perfumed, fruity aromas of juicy pear, grilled peach a la mode, mango nectar, and apple blossom with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a layered, long apricot nectar, whole nutmeg, apple cinnamon compote, and vanilla yogurt finish with well-integrated, soft tannins and heavy oak. A terrific, singing wine, balanced with an endless finish.
93 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219133
Esser Vineyards
2015 Chardonnay
Light yellow straw color. Toasty aromas of lemon poppyseed muffin and almond meal with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an intriguing, long white peach, orgeat, and tangerine finish with light oak. A thoughtfully constructed peachy Chardonnay.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218842
Grgich Hills
2013 Estate Grown Chardonnay
Pale light gold color. Roasted aromas and flavors of spice cake, vanilla almond, lemon pie crust, and wet pencil with a lightly tannic, crisp, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a complex, long baking apples, mango salsa, nutmeg, and burnt sugar finish with moderate oak. A nice crunchy, snappy Chardonnay that will be versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219129
Crane Family Vineyards
2014 Chardonnay
Light golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach mango yogurt, cream of coconut, lemon muffin, and baking spice with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an appealing, medium-length vanilla cream, apple-lemon relish, and fennel finish with fruit, fine tannins and moderate oak. An elegant, fruit forward and plush wine that is a zippy alternative to classic Chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219142
Schug
2015 Estate Grown Chardonnay
Medium gold color. Buttery aromas of toasted marshmallow, white chocolate macaroon, farmers cheese with apricot preserves, and pina colada with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long toasted marshmallow, nutmeg, fresh papaya, and poached orchard fruit finish with light oak. A bright zesty Chardonnay with great fruit, acidity, and creamy oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219143
Schug
2015 Heritage Reserve Chardonnay
Light gold color. Buttery, toasty aromas of brown butter, apple butter, vanilla sweet cream, and lemon blossom with a soft, lively, dry medium-full body and an interesting, medium-long vanilla lemon custard, ripe pineapple, peach nectar, and coconut cream with tapioca finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A shining and well-constructed Chardonnay with nice purity of fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219065
Three Thieves
2015 Chardonnay
Bright medium light gold color. Aromas of dried pineapple, gravel, cream soda, and apple bran muffin with a creamy, bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a complex, very long bechamel, pear cobbler, and starfruit finish with cottony, fruit, fine, well-integrated, crunchy tannins and heavy oak.
92 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219074
Ménage à Trois
2014 Chardonnay
Pale golden yellow color. Curious, fruity aromas and flavors of butterscotch wrapper, grilled apple, and almond butter with an bright, fruity body and an amusing, medium-long apple butter, buttered toast, lemon meringue, and apricot jam finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A lip-smacking, fruity Chardonnay.
92 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219068
SeaGlass
2015 Chardonnay
Straw green color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of ripe peach, honey crepe cake, lemon meringue, and apple compote with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a medium-long apple crostada and citrus custard finish with fruit, fine, crunchy tannins and light oak. A charming and balanced Chardonnay to share with friends over gourmet meals.
92 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218927
Alba
2015 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Citrusy, toasty, buttery aromas of fried lemons, texas toast, and grapefruit zest with a round, crisp, fruity medium-full body and an interesting, medium-long butter poached apples, lemon curd, and salted nuts finish with fine, fruit, coating tannins and moderate oak. A nicely balanced Chardonnay with a long, toasty finish.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219066
Pacific Heights
2015 Chardonnay
Pale light gold color. Baked aromas of butter-fried grapefruit, poached apple, straw, and carpentry with an bright, dry medium-full body and a complex, medium-length vanilla cream, peach flesh, flaky apple turnover, and white pepper finish with cottony, well-integrated, coating tannins and heavy oak. A nicely-styled Chardonnay with pretty aromas and a versatile palate.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219113
San Simeon
2015 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of roasted pineapple, butter cream, pressed linen, and planked oak and crushed gravel with a tangy, dry body and a charming, brisk finish with earthy, woody, cottony tannins and moderate oak. An excellent example.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218888
Labyrinth
2013 Presqu'ile Vineyard Chardonnay
Light golden straw color. Toasty aromas and flavors of toasted marshmallow, apple cider, buttered bran muffin, and lemon frosting with a supple, body and a complex, medium-long banana bread, crystalized ginger, and lemon curd finish with cottony, well-integrated, soft tannins and moderate oak. A nice oaked Chardonnay to pair with big poultry dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219132
Hyde & Sons
2013 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay
Medium color. Aromas and flavors of ripe apple, pineapple, and butterscotch with an bright, fruity medium body and an appealing, relaxed finish with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice medium-bodied Chardonnay with ripe apple and butterscotch notes
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218950
Casa Larga
2016 Vineyard Hill Chardonnay
Straw color. Fruity, floral, pure aromas and flavors of spiced apples and pineapples and apple blossoms with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-long honeyed green apple, pear, and melon, nougat, minerals, and floral water finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. An exceptionally pure, unpretentious, and well-balanced Chardonnay with great varietal character.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218846
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2015 Estate Grown and Bottled Chardonnay
Pale straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pear, golden apple, and honey with an vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a delightful, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A rich Chardonnay with plenty of ripe fruit, spice, and honey notes.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219063
Complicated
2015 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of fruit salad, pistachio gelato, and coconut cream with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long vanilla toffee and spiced apples finish with light oak. A delightfully fruity and appealing Chardonnay.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219230
Chime
2015 Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of full on spice box and cardamon, apple saltwater taffy, crushed gravel, and pressed linen and planked oak with a lively, dryish full body and a nuanced, breezy finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. An excellent example.
91 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219042
Pend d’Oreille
2015 Vickers Vineyard Cuvée Julie Reserve Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of apple tart and spiced nuts with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length vanilla cream, pineapple upside down cake, spiced lemon curd, and pepper finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A warming, savory and satisfying Chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219140
Schug
2015 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Fruity, floral, interesting aromas and flavors of raspberry coulis and blossoms, tropical fruit salad, and praline with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, compelling, medium-length spiced pineapple finish with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A very distinctively fruity (raspberries!) Chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218838
Parmelee-Hill
2014 Estate Grown Chardonnay
Gold color. Aromas of apple pie, lemon sorbet, mango coulis, and chimichuri with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long baked apple, kalamata olive, and oak box finish with fine, silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A wonderfully savory Chardonnay for effortless dinner pairings.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219067
Newman’s Own
2015 Chardonnay
Bright bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of honey crisp apples, crushed gravel, vanilla saltwater taffy, and planked oak with an lively, dryish full body and a stimulating, breezy finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. An excellent example.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219164
Cupcake
2015 Chardonnay
Pale yellow straw color. Toasty, floral aromas of peach blossom, lime coulis, and candied nuts with a satiny, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and an amusing, medium-long key lime pie, graham cracker crust, and green almond finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fresh and floral Chardonnay for afternoon sipping.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219075
Ménage à Trois
2015 Gold Chardonnay
Pale color. Aromas and flavors of white flowers, white pepper, and spice with a vibrant, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. An interesting white with a good combination of fruit and spice
90 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218947
Casa Larga
2014 French Oak Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of tropical fruit tart, creme brulee, and buttery praline with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, refreshing, carefree lemon-lime meringue, spiced apples, and tangy pineapple and guava finish with no oak. A zesty, well-rounded Chardonnay with fine oak.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219114
Paraiso Vineyards
2015 Estate Chardonnay
Bright light gold color. Aromas of tropical fruits and pineapple & mango, butter cream, oak twigs, and potters clay with a lively, dry full body and a complex, breezy finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. An excellent example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219141
Schug
2015 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Toasty aromas of toasted hawaiian rolls and apple butter with a supple, crisp, dry medium-full body and an interesting, long apple butter, cardamom, caramelized pineapple, and lime zest finish with coating, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A decidedly Carneros Chardonnay begging for a gourmet sandwich.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218886
Citation
2014 Chardonnay
Pale color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla, lemon curd, and pie spice with a vibrant, dry medium body and a compelling, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A very good Chardonnay with well balanced fruit and spice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219086
One Woman
2014 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Buttery, baked aromas of buttered hawaiian roll, caramel covered apples, and toasted almond with a supple, soft, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length caramel apple, english muffin, and mango finish with coating, fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak. A crushable Chardonnay not overpowered by oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219173
Eagle Canyon
2015 Chardonnay
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of dried apple, lychee, spring rain, and lemon meringue with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a refreshing, medium-length asian pear, cherry blossom, plumeria, and spiced nuts finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fresh and feminine Chardonnay sipper.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218887
SPIN
2015 Chardonnay
Pale golden straw color. Fresh, fruity, floral aromas of wildflowers, lychee syrup, butter cookies, and apple blossom with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a complex, long marshmallow creme, ripe pineapple, vanilla caramel, and exotic fruit finish with fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak. Terrifically balanced, singing Chardonnay with exotic flair.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218946
Casa Larga
2014 American Oak Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of coconut macaroon, apples and pineapples on the tree, and vanilla nut brittle with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, easy starfruit and lime and earth earthy finish with no oak. A crisp, linear Chardonnay with a nice layer of creamy tropical oak.
89 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218897
Bancroft Cellars
2015 Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of baked apples, pie dough, planked cedar, and toasted yeast and potters clay with an crisp, dry full body and a complex, medium-long finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A very good example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219072
Eye Chart
NV Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Aromas of roasted apples, gauze, turned earth, and lemon pith with an tangy, dry full body and an appealing, short finish with earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A very good example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218948
Casa Larga
2014 Hungarian Oak Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Straw color. Earthy, citrusy, fruity aromas and flavors of apples on the tree, creamy tapioca, and pound cake with a silky, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length pickled pear and melon, reduced lemon, powdered nuts, and pepper finish with no oak. A savory, mouthwatering Chardonnay with nicely balanced oak.
89 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218884
Valley of the Moon
2014 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Buttery aromas and flavors of nut brittle, apple custard pie, and candied yams with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long vanilla custard, kiwi and papaya, nuts, and cedar finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A nice zesty, appetizing Chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219043
Page Mill
2015 Chandler Vineyard Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Baked, tropical aromas of lemon loaf, papaya coulis, and vanilla sugar with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a stimulating, medium-length papaya, almond sandies, and lemon icing finish with medium tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fruit forward Chardonnay with nice acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218863
Heitz
2015 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of coconut-pineapple cake, buttery praline, cedar, and caramel yogurt with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an effortless, breezy tropical citrus medley, melon and pear, and nuts finish with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and light oak. A tangy, snappy, oak accented Chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218951
Burning Tree Cellars
2015 Trademarked Chardonnay
Pale straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of apple, pear, and toasted nuts with a bright, dryish medium body and an engaging, rapid finish with no oak. A clean easy to drink white with ripe apple and pear notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218843
Portola Vineyards
2014 Chardonnay
Bright old gold color. Toasty, creamy aromas of fried lemon, smoked nuts, brown butter, and crema with a supple, crisp, dry full body and an interesting, medium-long grilled apple, honeyed leather, cedar, and mango coulis finish with husky tannins and heavy oak. A great oaky Chardonnay with nuance and smoky intrigue.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218877
Prix
2015 Reserve Chardonnay
Pale bright gold color. Aromas of dill pickle, buttered dried apples, and spice guanabana with a lean, tart, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length dairy, bitter herbs, and menthol finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A funky, tangy, extroverted and oak-forward Chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219168
Craftsmen
2015 Chardonnay
Bright light gold color. Aromas of peach cobbler, yellow apples, planked oak, and lemon curd and turned earth with a lively, dry full body and a subtle, crisp finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A good quality example.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219167
AVA Grace
2015 Chardonnay
Pale yellow straw color. Fresh aromas and flavors of pineapple upside down cake and mountain stream with a soft, bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long lemon shortbread, pineapple coulis, and oak finish with cottony, coating tannins and moderate oak. A nice balance of fruit and oak.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218949
Casa Larga
NV CLV Chardonnay
Straw color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts, toasty buttery apple pie crust, singed oak, and grape leaves with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length vanilla nuts, lemon-kiwi sorbet, earth, and fleur de sel finish with a suggestion of oak. A interesting, flavorful Chardonnay that starts toasty and finishes bright and fruity.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219041
Pend d’Oreille
2015 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, dried citrus and apples, wafer cookies, and pineapple yogurt with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length vanilla nuts and delicate spiced peach finish with fine, fruit tannins and light oak. A rock solid Chardonnay that will be versatile.
88 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219073
Joel Gott
2015 Unoaked Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of jolly rancher hard candy and apple, gauze, lemon curd, and crushed gravel with an crisp, dryish full body and a complex, breezy finish with earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A good quality example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219070
Napa Cellars
2014 V Collection Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Creamy aromas and flavors of coconut custard pie, nougat, and hint of spumoni with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a breezy melon and pear and pencil shavings finish. A nice delicately, crisp Chardonnay sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219048
Barefoot
NV Chardonnay
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried leaves, turned earth, bruised apples, and buttered toast with a crisp, dry medium-full body and a brisk finish with earthy, leafy tannins and moderate oak. A fairly good quality example.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219076
Folie à Deux
2014 Chardonnay
Pale light golden straw color. Fresh aromas of baking style apples, apple-spice cookies, caramelized nuts, and grilled green pineapple with a crisp, dryish medium body and a crisp apple sauce, cinnamon swirl yogurt, rice crispy, and leather finish with coating, soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice Chardonnay not overpowered by oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218911
Highway 12
2015 Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Oaky aromas of dried orchard fruit, spice cabinet, brown butter, and semolina with a creamy, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk melted butter, spice cabinet, oak chips, and lemon zest finish with cottony, fruit, fine tannins and heavy oak. A fruity oak bomb for Chardonnay lovers.
87 points $19.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219085
One Woman
2014 Chardonnay
Pale golden straw color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of pineapple upside down cake, mango chutney, and vanilla nuts with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, captivating, long spiced caramelized apples and lemons and praline finish with soft, silky, fruit tannins and light oak. A wonderfully rich, expressive, and finely balanced Chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218902
Heritage Vineyards
2014 Estate Reserve Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Straw color. Attractive, dusty, fruity aromas of grilled pineapple, organic apple, creamery, and dusty shelf with a crisp, medium body and a captivating, medium-length apple butter, vanilla-lemon cream, and green mango finish with silky, fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice creamy Chardonnay that is light on its feet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219064
Bandit
NV Chardonnay
Bright light gold color. Aromas and flavors of green apple skin, buttercream and butterscotch, planked oak, and turned earth with an crisp, dry full body and an interesting, brisk finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A better than average quality example.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218907
Heritage Vineyards
NV Cuvee Blanc 5th Edition Outer Coastal Plain
Emerald straw color. Fresh, green, herbal aromas and flavors of overripe peach and papaya, spiced apple and figs, buffalo grass, and wild flowers with a supple, tangy, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length wintergreen, melon and nectarine rind, lemongrass, and grassy earth finish with no oak. A very earthy and distinctive white wine that make for some interesting pairings.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219087
One Woman
2012 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
Medium golden yellow color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of pineapple custard pastry, vanilla nut brittle, and honey butter with a satiny, soft, fruity body and a complex, medium-length salty butter roasted nuts and oak finish with crunchy, fine tannins and moderate oak. A rich oaky Chardonnay with lots of savory, nutty, and buttery tones.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219301
One Woman
2015 Chardonnay
Pale yellow straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of dried lemon and grass and leaves with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, breezy spiced apples and pears, honeyed nuts, and lemon cream. finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nicely rounded Chardonnay with tangy fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219062
Sutter Home
NV Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of apple sauce, planked oak, dried canvas, and oak with a crisp, dry full body and a momentary finish with earthy, papery, cottony tannins and moderate oak. A better than average quality example.
85 points $6 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219069
Trinity Oaks
2015 Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried apple slices, light caramel, baked oak, and lemon pith with a tangy, dry medium-full body and a brisk finish with cottony, papery tannins and light oak. A better than average quality example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218936
Northleaf Winery
NV Town Square Series Chardonnay
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of baked apples and spiced cider, wooden attic beams, lemon oil, and pressed linen and crushed gravel with a crisp, dry medium-full body and an intriguing, brisk finish with cottony, woody, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A better than average quality example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219166
Chloe
2015 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of pressed flowers, apple graham cracker tart, and papaya with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, breezy lime custard, pineapple in cream, and nutskin finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice and easy Chardonnay sipper.
85 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218885
Lake Sonoma
2014 Chardonnay
Pale light golden straw color. Baked, elegant aromas of toasted coconut, apple chips, nougat, and apple butter with a crisp, dryish medium body and a complex, long crisp apple cider, freshly grated nutmeg, apple chutney, and autumn leaves finish with cottony tannins and moderate oak. An autumnal oaky Chardonnay with shining acidity and spiced apple flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219088
One Woman
2013 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of white toffee, apple pie crust, and dried pineapple with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, creme anglaise, toasted nuts, and lemon zest finish with soft, fruit tannins and light oak. A mellow, silky, nicely balanced Chardonnay for everyday enjoyment.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218869
Kingman Estates
2015 Chardonnay
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of melted honeycomb, gherkin, spiced pineapple, and hint of matchstick with a supple, tangy, dryish medium body and a smooth, snappy apple custard and minerals finish with crunchy, fine tannins and no oak. A very savory, lightly smoky Chardonnay.
84 points $19.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219174
City Winery
2015 Scopus Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Buttery, baked aromas of butter cookies, lemon curd, apple butter, and cilantro with a tangy, medium body and a snappy lemon curd, orange flower water, and orange curacao finish with fine, fruit, silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice citrusy Chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218963
Dusted Valley
2015 Olsen Vineyard Chardonnay
Pale color. Aromas and flavors of ripe apple, pear, and toasted nuts with a vibrant, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A rich Chardonnay with ripe apple, pear, and toasted nuts, and vanilla
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219001
Narmada Winery
2011 Reserve Chardonnay
Pale color. Aromas and flavors of lemon, sherry, and apples with an vibrant, dryish medium body and an interesting, easy finish with fruit tannins and no oak. An interesting nose of lemon peel and apples, with a touch of spice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218878
Black Willow Winery
NV Chardonnay
Straw color. Oily aromas and flavors of scrambled eggs, butter, and dried lemon pith with a lean, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a buoyant underripe pineapple, asian pear, spice cake, and canvas finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A dry, savory Chardonnay for the table.
82 points $14.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218920
Grande River Vineyards
2015 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Smoky aromas and flavors of campfire, matchstick, fried pickle, and grilled citrus with a supple, soft, dryish body and a tingling, peculiar, medium-long lemon balsamic reduction, grass, and nutskin and shell finish with light oak. A very smoky, earth Chardonnay for the table.
82 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219089
Duck Creek
NV Chardy Wood Duck Chardonnay
Gold color. Curious aromas and flavors of butterscotch coated green apples, petrol, fino sherry, and sour cream with a satiny, dryish medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish with coating, woody tannins and light oak. A unusual Chardonnay that offers somethings truly different.
82 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218889
Labyrinth
2013 Haka Chardonnay
Dark gold color. Aromas and flavors of ripe apple and pineapple with a soft, dryish medium body and a brisk finish with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A simple Chardonnay with ripe apple, pear, and pineapple flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218943
Lawer Estates
2015 Betsy's Vineyard Una Late Harvest Chardonnay
Bright old gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried fruits and apricot pits, roasted nuts, gauze and lemon pith, and crushed gravel with an tangy, fruity sweet full body and an interesting, short-lived finish with earthy tannins and no oak. A lower quality commercially acceptable example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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