November 2017 - US Chardonnay

This month's Wine feature is US Chardonnay Wines
US Chardonnay Reviews
222005
Picket Fence
2015 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Inviting aromas of homemade iced pear pie and caramelized crushed pineapple with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long buttery crumble, nutmeg, toasty oak, and wet stone finish with coating tannins and heavy oak. An appealing, lengthy and oaky Chardonnay.
93 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221729
Ivory & Burt
2014 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Floral, attractive aromas of cherry bark, vanilla, orange blossom, and cherry blossom with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long farm-fresh apples, peach taffy, white pepper, and baking spices and dried orange finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A serious and well-balanced chardonnay.
92 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221997
deLorimier
2015 Estate Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Aromas of lemon bar, orange marmalade, and candy coated anise with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, subtle, medium-long orange dreamsicle, spearmint, and baking spices finish with medium, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A grown-up and nuanced Chardonnay for true fans.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221808
90+ Cellars
2016 Lot 122 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas of orange marmalade, lemon curd, and basil with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length cashew brittle, pear fruit leather, and spiced caramel finish with medium tannins and light oak. A delicious and refreshing chardonnay that is a pleasure to drink.
91 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221903
Oak Farm Vineyards
2016 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Artificial aromas and flavors of buttery popcorn, pear tart with walnuts, dried apricots, and honey with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, charming, medium-length finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and light oak. A buttery Chardonnay for Cali purists.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221877
Zina Hyde Cunningham
2015 Reserve Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Fruity, sweet aromas of fresh apple cider, green pear, sweet caramel, and fresh butter with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, intriguing, medium-length butter poached pear, crushed pineapple, toffee, and dried mango finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and light oak. A deliciously balanced chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221926
Lobo
2016 Wulff Vineyards Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of apricot, vanilla custard, oak, and butterscotch with an soft, dry medium-to-full body and an appealing, medium-long white pepper finish with moderate oak. An elegantly oaky, well-integrated, characterful Chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222008
Bears’ Lair
2016 Chardonnay
Bright golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, lemon pudding, burnt sugar, and pineapple with an soft, dry medium body and a captivating, medium-length hazelnut toffee, wheat toast, and caramel buttercream finish with moderate oak. A rich, toasty Chardonnay.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221821
ONE LEAF
2016 Chardonnay
Light gold color. Aromas of fresh apple pie, buttery, flaky crust, apricot marmalade, and lemon curd with a shy, dryish thin body and an odd, short lemon zest in caramel, marshmallow on graham cracker crust, and ripe mango on yogurt finish. A rich and creamy wine that will delight any California chardonnay lover.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222100
Alias
2016 Chardonnay
Light gold color. Tropical aromas of jasmine, white tea, sweet ginger, and kiwi relish with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length apricot-mango yogurt, cream soda, and roasted walnut finish with coating tannins. A floral and exotic chardonnay that breaks the mold.
90 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222010
Gravel Bar Winery
2016 Chardonnay
Bright golden straw color. Aromas of red apple, peach, burnt sugar, and orange with a soft, dry medium body and a captivating, medium-length , vanilla bean, and orange marmalade finish with a suggestion of oak. A rich, lightly oaked Washington Chardonnay.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221992
Forchini
2016 Estate Grown Chardonnay
Straw color. Fruity, tropical aromas of crushed pineapple, allspice, lime peel, and diced apples with a creamy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, amusing, medium-long green papaya and almond creme finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A fresh and persistent dry chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222278
Parcel One
2016 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple upside down cake, coconut yogurt, and soft caramel with an bright, fruity medium body and an intriguing, medium-length creme brulee, apple nut phyllo pastry, and fruit salad finish with fine tannins and light oak. A lovely, fruity, creamy chardonnay that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222016
Six Degrees
2016 Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of sour apple, white grape, orange peel, and apricot with a soft, dry medium body and an appealing, medium-length apple tart and dried apricot finish. Full-bodied, fruit-forward, characterful Chardonnay.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222007
Garnet Vineyards
2016 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas of apple pie, bruleed grapefruit, fresh nectarine, and iris with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length mango coulis and cinnamon finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A solid chardonnay for anytime sipping.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222013
Napa Ridge
2014 Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of pineapple, cling peaches, vanilla, and nutmeg with an flat, dry light-to-medium body and a compelling, medium-length coconut milk and almond finish with a suggestion of oak. A fruit-forward Chardonnay with an elegant finish.
89 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221970
Adler Fels
2015 The Eagle Rock Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple pie a la mode and spiced apples with an bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a captivating, medium-length pear sauce, kiwi custard, and almond skin finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A tasty, easy drinking chardonnay for picnics and parties.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221960
Broadway Vineyards
2015 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Oaky aromas of fresh apples, sweet whiskey caramel sauce, and bread pudding with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length cherry pit, whiskey barrel, pineapple upside down cake, and warm spices finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. An intriguing and tasty chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221890
Mira Winery
2013 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Aromas of red apple, lemon, pineapple, and cinnamon with a soft, dry medium body and a compelling, medium-length papaya, guanabana, banana, and pickled nopales finish with light oak. A rich, smooth, palate-coating Chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222000
Once Upon A Vine
2014 The Fairest Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Fruity aromas of ripe apples, pear tart with orange zest, vanilla creme, and apricot-mango with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length candied roasted almonds, pineapple sorbet, anise, and cinnamon coconut creme finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A creamy and fruity chardonnay that hits the spot.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222193
Pedroncelli
2016 Signature Selection Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas of butter poached apple and flaky pastry with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length tart green apple, taffy, candied walnut, and honeyed apricot finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A zippy and bright chardonnay that will shine on its own or at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222058
Alba
2016 Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Oaky aromas of buttered nuts, spiced coffee cake, vanilla creme Anglaise, and salt water taffy with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a sleek, medium-long caramel latte, apple cinnamon compote, and toasted coconut finish with coating tannins and heavy oak. A giantly buttery chardonnay for oak-heads.
88 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222082
McIlroy
2016 Chardonnay
Light gold color. Fruity, spicy aromas of apricot preserves, ground cinnamon sprinkle, and buttercream frosting with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length sundried pineapple and molasses pastry finish with woody tannins and heavy oak. A red wine drinker’s white.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222252
Etrusca
2016 Cecilia Vella Ranch Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted apples drizzled in white balsamic and buttercream with a bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy pineapple slices, flan, and nuts finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A soft and supple chardonnay sipper with nice purity and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222081
McIlroy
2016 Aquarius Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay
Light gold color. Aromas of baked apples and pineapple sauce with a velvety, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length dry baking spices and suede finish with coating tannins and heavy oak. A dry and coating chardonnay to stand up to rich meals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222001
Orogeny
2016 Chardonnay
Light gold color. Pure aromas of artisan apple cobbler, vanilla creme anglaise, and cinnamon swirl with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length cinnamon caramel, toasty scone, and sweet corn bread finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and heavy oak. A pure and elegant Russian River Valley chardonnay.
88 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222017
Stone Cellars
2015 Chardonnay
Light gold color. Fruity aromas of ripe apricot, buttered lemon poppyseed loaf, and pineapple cake with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk coconut, apple compote, cream, and cedar finish with coating tannins and heavy oak. A juicy chardonnay brimming with easy fruit flavors.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222009
Carmenet
2016 Reserve Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of mango, buttercream on toasted nuts, green apple, and vanilla with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a relaxed coconut cream pie finish with silky tannins and light oak. A light-bodied, tropical Chardonnay.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222011
Cedar Brook
2016 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Buttery aromas of broiled lemons and limes, orange concentrate, buttered nuts, and toasted marshmallow with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, easy buttered popcorn and dried apricot finish with woody tannins and heavy oak. A plush chardonnay packed with classic buttery flavors.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222002
Snap Dragon
2014 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas of nut brittle, butter poached apple, fallen citrus, and green apple marzipan with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length whipped cream and warm spices finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A no-nonsense chardonnay.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221998
Cellar No.8
2015 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of nuts and apples roasting in a cast iron skillet with a bright, fruity medium body and a easy pineapple custard, praline, and poached apple finish with soft tannins and light oak. A solid everyday chardonnay sipper.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222101
Aviary Vineyards
2016 Chardonnay
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla, tonka bean, and butterscotch with a velvety, soft, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy sugarcane and orange dreamsicle finish with heavy oak. A huge vanilla bomb of a chardonnay.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221955
Maddalena
2015 Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Aromas of fallen apple, Belgian waffle, new sneakers, and peach sorbet with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, relaxed butterscotch, sweet tea, and bananas foster finish with coating tannins. A distinctive approach to Chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221971
Pacific Crest
2015 Centennial Trail Chardonnay
Bright yellow gold color. Aromas of peach, apricot, banana, and pineapple with a soft, dry medium body and an appealing, breezy banana cream, vanilla cake, and pencil finish. A delightfully fruity Chardonnay .
87 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221868
Del Rio
2016 Estate Grown Chardonnay
Bright light gold color. Creamy aromas of buttered Hawaiian rolls, caramelized pineapple, marshmallow, and lemon curd with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with silky, fruit tannins. An ultra-refreshing chardonnay with generous creamy flavors.
87 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222014
Rutherford Vintners
2014 Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of caramel coated green apple, creme brulee, orange juice, and lime with an crisp, dry medium body and a stimulating, medium-length melon balls and whipped cream finish. An interesting, nuanced Chardonnay.
87 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221876
Ledson
2014 Reserve Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas of caramel, green pear, and coconut with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy pear nectar, mild honey, croissant, and almond nougat finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A delicate chardonnay with silky texture.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221910
Barefoot
NV Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Aromas of green apple, ripe pear, nectarine, and apricot with a crisp, dry medium body and a medium-length Lemon-Lime Soda finish with no oak. A clean, fruity Chardonnay for a light lunch.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222012
Foxhollow
2015 Chardonnay
Brilliant straw color. Aromas and flavors of fruit salad, orange slices, and apple yogurt with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a cheery pears with whipped cream finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A soft, easy drinking chardonnay with pleasing fruit.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222015
Salmon Creek
2016 Chardonnay
Emerald straw color. Buttery aromas of butter poached granny smith apples, toasted marshmallow, and pineapple confection with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length vanilla pudding, fine aged rum, and butterscotch finish. A yummy, creamy chardonnay that favors fruit over oak.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222155
Chateau Cote Nord
2016 Chardonnay
Light gold color. Sweet aromas of apple cider, honeycomb, autumn spice, granny smith apples, and candied apricots with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, stimulating, medium-length buttered and toasted crumpets, lemon spritz, and tea finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A pleasing chardonnay with an intensely honeyed bouquet.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221999
The Great American Wine Company
2014 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Oaky aromas of brown sugar, vanilla bean, rum barrel, caramel, and ripe soft fruits with a round, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, carefree nut creme, marzipan, meringue, and graham cracker finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak. A rum-lover’s chardonnay.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221383
LangeTwins Winery
2016 Estate Grown Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas of fallen apple, butterscotch, pear Danish with walnuts, and orange zest with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, breezy maple frosted shredded wheat, apple sauce, and cream of asparagus finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A table-ready chardonnay.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221841
Pend d’Oreille
2015 Vickers Vineyard Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Sweet, toasty aromas of melted butter, candied papaya, butterscotch, and cinnamon rolls with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length pineapple upside down cake finish with heavy oak. A rich California oak bomb.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221869
Steeple Street
2016 Chardonnay
Light gold color. Fruity aromas of ripe peaches and pears, honey glaze, caramelized pineapple, and lemon verbena with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, easy toasty oak and vanilla bean creme finish with coating tannins and heavy oak. A fruity, effortless chardonnay for every occasion.
86 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222004
Pacific Oasis
2014 Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of apricot, nectarine, honey, and orange frosting with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length kiwi and pineapple finish. A light-bodied picnic Chardonnay.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222006
Forest Glen
2015 Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of candied coconut, apple incense, marzipan, and vanilla orange sherbet with a supple, soft, thin body and a short-lived rice pudding finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice afternoon quaffer.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222018
Stone Cellars
2015 Chef's Collection Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of orange blossom, orange zest, and grilled soft fruits with a supple, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk ripe apples and dried mint finish with coating tannins and a suggestion of oak. A no-nonsense chardonnay with big fruity appeal.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221833
CK Mondavi
2016 Chardonnay
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, grape, cantaloupe, and nectarine with a soft, dry medium body and a breezy finish. A delightful fruit bomb.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221899
No Opposition
2016 Chardonnay
Bright straw color. Creamy aromas of peach candy, buttercream, glazed nuts, and vanilla icing with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a peppery, breezy apple taffy finish with coating tannins. A fruity chardonnay crusher for anytime enjoyment
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221828
Notable
2015 Oaky & Buttery Chardonnay
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of coconut cream pie, vanilla scented candle, and bit of latex with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a relaxed butter roasted nuts, toasty cedar, pineapple yogurt, and whipped cream finish with moderate oak. A creamy, oaky chardonnay sipper.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222256
Sola
2015 Chardonnay
Light gold color. Toasty, fruity aromas of blackened toast with butter, clove, marmalade, apple butter, and cut grass with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, medium-length freshly grated nutmeg, cream, and parchment finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. A smoky chardonnay for autumn dinners.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222231
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
2015 Reserve Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Oaky aromas of whiskey barrel, butterscotch, rose, and candy apple with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, relaxed cucumbers in dill sauce, roasted and glazed carrot, pina colada, and duck fat finish with heavy oak. An aromatic, whiskey barrel-like chardonnay for adventure seekers.
84 points $17.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222003
Red Truck
2016 Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of peaches & cream, apple sauce, creme Anglaise, and brown sugar with an soft, dry light-to-medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish with a suggestion of oak. Peach Pie in a bottle!
83 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221911
The Naked Grape
NV Chardonnay
Yellow straw color. Aromas of fallen pear, wet straw, and grape nuts cereal with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, short banana candies, apple skins, and pudding finish with a suggestion of oak. A fruity quaffer for anytime sipping.
83 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221722
Great Frogs
2016 Queen Anne's County Reserve Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Sweet, fruity aromas of peanut butter and marshmallow fluff, banana candies, cotton candy, and honey graham cereal with a lean, tangy, fruity thin body and a warming, brisk finish with soft tannins. A fruity quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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