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November 2017 - US Chardonnay

November 2017 - US Chardonnay
This month's Wine feature is US Chardonnay Wines

US Chardonnay Reviews

Picket Fence 2015  Chardonnay
93 points
$15.99
Best Buy
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
Ivory & Burt 2014  Chardonnay
92 points
$16.99
Best Buy
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
deLorimier 2015 Estate Chardonnay
92 points
$32
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.
90+ Cellars 2016 Lot 122 Chardonnay
91 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Oak Farm Vineyards 2016  Chardonnay
91 points
$24
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.
Zina Hyde Cunningham 2015 Reserve Chardonnay
91 points
$54
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.
Lobo 2016 Wulff Vineyards Chardonnay
91 points
$60
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.
Bears’ Lair 2016  Chardonnay
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
ONE LEAF 2016  Chardonnay
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Alias 2016  Chardonnay
90 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Gravel Bar Winery 2016  Chardonnay
90 points
$15.99
Best Buy
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
Forchini 2016 Estate Grown Chardonnay
90 points
$24
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.
Parcel One 2016  Chardonnay
90 points
$39
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.
Six Degrees 2016  Chardonnay
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Garnet Vineyards 2016  Chardonnay
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Napa Ridge 2014  Chardonnay
89 points
$17.99
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
Adler Fels 2015 The Eagle Rock Chardonnay
89 points
$19.99
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
Broadway Vineyards 2015  Chardonnay
89 points
$45
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.
Mira Winery 2013 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay
89 points
$45
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.
Once Upon A Vine 2014 The Fairest Chardonnay
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Pedroncelli 2016 Signature Selection Chardonnay
88 points
$16
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.
Alba 2016  Chardonnay
88 points
$21.99
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
McIlroy 2016  Chardonnay
88 points
$24
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.
Etrusca 2016 Cecilia Vella Ranch Chardonnay
88 points
$34
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.
McIlroy 2016 Aquarius Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay
88 points
$34
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.
Orogeny 2016  Chardonnay
88 points
$34.99
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
Stone Cellars 2015  Chardonnay
87 points
$8.99
Best Buy
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
Carmenet 2016 Reserve Chardonnay
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Cedar Brook 2016  Chardonnay
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Snap Dragon 2014  Chardonnay
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Cellar No.8 2015  Chardonnay
87 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Aviary Vineyards 2016  Chardonnay
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Maddalena 2015  Chardonnay
87 points
$16
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.
Pacific Crest 2015 Centennial Trail Chardonnay
87 points
$16.99
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
Del Rio 2016 Estate Grown Chardonnay
87 points
$17.99
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
Rutherford Vintners 2014  Chardonnay
87 points
$17.99
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
Ledson 2014 Reserve Chardonnay
87 points
$52
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.
Barefoot NV  Chardonnay
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
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
Foxhollow 2015  Chardonnay
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
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
Salmon Creek 2016  Chardonnay
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Chateau Cote Nord 2016  Chardonnay
86 points
$10
Best Buy
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
The Great American Wine Company 2014  Chardonnay
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
LangeTwins Winery 2016 Estate Grown Chardonnay
86 points
$15
Best Buy
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
Pend d’Oreille 2015 Vickers Vineyard Chardonnay
86 points
$16
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.
Steeple Street 2016  Chardonnay
86 points
$17.99
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
Pacific Oasis 2014  Chardonnay
85 points
$9.99
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
Forest Glen 2015  Chardonnay
85 points
$10.99
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
Stone Cellars 2015 Chefs Collection Chardonnay
85 points
$10.99
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
CK Mondavi 2016  Chardonnay
84 points
$7
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.
No Opposition 2016  Chardonnay
84 points
$9.99
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
Notable 2015 Oaky & Buttery Chardonnay
84 points
$14.99
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
Sola 2015  Chardonnay
84 points
$14.99
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
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2015 Reserve Chardonnay
84 points
$17.95
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
Red Truck 2016  Chardonnay
83 points
$11.99
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
The Naked Grape NV  Chardonnay
83 points
$19.99
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
Great Frogs 2016 Queen Annes County Reserve Chardonnay
83 points
$30
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.
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