April 2018 - US Chardonnay

April 2018 - US Chardonnay
This month's Wine feature is US Chardonnay Wines

US Chardonnay Reviews

Tom Eddy 2016 Purrington Chardonnay
95 points
$75
Yellow straw color. Confected, baked aromas of apple streusel, walnut confection, baked pear with brown sugar glaze, and lemon bar with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long toasted pecan and smoked vanilla bean finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and heavy oak. A beautiful, complex, smoky Chardonnay that can compete with the best of them; relish now or cellar.
Handley Cellars 2016 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay
93 points
$25
Straw color. Elegant aromas of lemon zest, heirloom apple, orange blossom, tart green apple, and toasted almonds in honey with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a distinctive, medium-long delicate herbs, wet slate, and apricots in creme finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A lovely high-acid chardonnay that is skillfully crafted and will offer years of excellent sipping.
J. Bookwalter 2016 Conner-Lee Vineyard Double Plot Chardonnay
93 points
$45
Straw green color. Buttery, tropical aromas and flavors of warm coconut custard pie, vanilla buttercream, and pineapple upside down cake with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, very long apple pie a la mode, praline, and fine baking spices finish with fine, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A lush, fruity, oaky chardonnay with waves of tasty, creamy flavors.
Le Vigne 2017  Chardonnay
92 points
$18
Best Buy
Brilliant light gold color. Citrusy, clean, creamy, fresh, floral aromas and flavors of pineapple, sweet cream, and saffron with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long shaved coconut, apricot, and toasted pine nuts finish with soft, silky, well-integrated tannins and light oak. A delicious and lengthy chardonnay that wlll have you begging another sip.
92 points $18 Best Buy
R. Stuart 2015 Love, Oregon Chardonnay
92 points
$25
Light white gold color. Clean aromas of Fuji apple-mint, white florals, anise, and tangerine with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long underripe apricot, soft plantain, white miso, and white pepper finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A nuanced and charming Chablis-style Chardonnay from Willamette.
Sleeping Giant 2015 Buena Tierra Vineyard Chardonnay
92 points
$45
Rich old gold color. Spicy aromas of glazed nuts, apple chips, cinnamon-caramel, and banana bread with cloves with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a distinctive, very long honey on graham cracker, caramelized pineapple, allspice dram, and toasted sesame seed finish with coating, chewy tannins and heavy oak. A rich and spicy Chardonnay with a lengthy, chewy finish; an excellent example of Russian River Valley.
Kalaris 2014  Chardonnay
92 points
$55
Clear yellow straw color. Creamy aromas of toasted marshmallow, salted caramel, vanilla bean, white chocolate, and hazelnut creme with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long toasty oak and lemon tart finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and moderate oak. A serious Chardonnay with excellent acidity and aging potential.
Biltmore Reserve 2016  Chardonnay
91 points
$19
Pale yellow straw color. Sweet, fruity aromas of pineapple candies, bubblegum, apricot glaze, and lily with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length underripe strawberry, cinnamon dusted pears, banana creme, guyabana, and candied nuts finish with soft, fruit tannins. A tropical, floral Chardonnay that is effortlessly drinkable and wide-appealing.
Lloyd Cellars 2016  Chardonnay
91 points
$40
Golden yellow color. Attractive aromas and flavors of ripe autumn apple, mulled cider, roasted almonds, and peach cobbler with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-long walnut pastry, guava, hazelnuts, and flint finish with heavy oak. Delicious late summer flavors star in this classically styled Carneros chardonnay.
Sleeping Giant 2015 Las Amigas Partners Vineyard Chardonnay
91 points
$45
Bright gold color. Buttery aromas of buttered popcorn, roasted nuts, brown sugar, candied ginger, and pineapple confection with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long salted caramel, golden raisins, toasted cinnamon bread, and apple butter finish with cottony tannins. A decadent and ultra-buttery chardonnay that will offer true bliss to fans of this style.
Black’s Station 2016  Chardonnay
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Tropical, creamy aromas and flavors of vanilla buttercream and pineapple cake with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long spiced apples and coconut toffee finish with fine, fruit tannins and light oak. A very tasty and nicely balanced creamy, fruity chardonnay that is sure to please.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Golden Winery 2016  Chardonnay
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of custard with preserved lemon, flint, crushed pineapple and mango, and dried apricot with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length salted caramel and roasted cashew finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A bright and fruity chardonnay with balancing grippy oak; a great dinner companion.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
City Winery 2016 Scopus Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay
90 points
$28
Pale straw color. Aromas of curaçao orange peels and cream of coconut with a satiny, prickly, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length Fuji apple, poached pears, and citrus confiture finish with coating tannins and a suggestion of oak. A pure and fruity Chardonnay that takes a conservative approach to oak; pleasing and pairable.
Paradise Hills Vineyard 2016  Chardonnay
90 points
$28.25
Old gold color. Fruity, sweet aromas of freshly pressed apples, apple pie spices, brown butter, and pineapple upside down cake with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length fresh popcorn, allspice dram, lime peel, and grilled pears finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and moderate oak. A lovely chardonnay that showcases an often overlooked region; great integration of oak and beautiful apple pie flavors.
90 points $28.25
7 Cellars 2015 Elways Reserve Chardonnay
90 points
$37
Golden straw color. Oaky aromas of papaya, latex, and flaky pastry with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, complex, medium-long juicy pineapple and pear, passion fruit, lemon bar, nutmeg, and white pepper finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A focused and precise chardonnay with seamless integration.
Magistrate 2016  Chardonnay
89 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Clear light gold color. Aromas of grilled apples, pineapple and lemons, pink eraser, salty prosciutto, and match head with a round, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, involved, medium-long butter, passionfruit, and guava pastry finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A tropical and chewy chardonnay with excellent depth of flavors.
89 points $8.99 Best Buy
Las Palmeras 2015  Chardonnay
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Toasty aromas of lemon zest, caramel corn, orange bundt cake, Greek yogurt, and ripe kiwi with a velvety, crisp, medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length toasted brioche, apple tart, apple blossom, and nutmeg and clove finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A balanced and buttery chardonnay with bright acidity.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
The Recipient 2016  Chardonnay
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright golden yellow color. Fruity aromas of lemon meringue pie and fine oak with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length ripe apples, honeydew melon, nutmeg, allspice, and apricot-orange marmalade finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A well-structured Santa Barbara Chardonnay with toasty baking spice notes and poignant acidity.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Frey 2016  Chardonnay
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of grilled pineapple and papaya, cedar pencil, and hint of apple mint jelly on toast with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-long clove and buttered cinnamon raisin toast finish with a suggestion of oak. A distinctive spicy chardonnay that will be fun to pair with.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Raeburn 2016  Chardonnay
89 points
$16.95
Brilliant golden straw color. Aromas of brioche French toast, juicy pear, coconut shavings in caramel, white chocolate, and ripe honeycrisp apple with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-long tiramisu, roasted pecans in honey, and coriander finish with moderate oak. A juicy, fruit-focused and bold Russian River Valley chardonnay.
89 points $16.95
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2016 Estate Grown & Bottled Chardonnay
89 points
$18
Light gold color. Aromas of apricot fruit leather, candied walnuts, magnolia, and buttered biscuit with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length flint, dried tropical fruit, ripe pear, and butter cookies finish. A refined chardonnay from Alexander Valley that doesn’t skimp on juicy fruits.
Sonoma Smith 2015  Chardonnay
89 points
$19.99
Medium golden yellow color. Buttery aromas of caramelized pineapple, butter pecan, bruleed grapefruit with vanilla-sugar, and wool with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a layered, long apricot preserves, orange marmalade, toasted baguette, and snickerdoodle cookies finish with coating, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A buttery, oaky chardonnay with zippy acidity and a serious Russian River Valley appeal.
89 points $19.99
Valley of the Moon 2015  Chardonnay
89 points
$21
Yellow straw color. Aromas of buttered popcorn, dried apricot, sliced apple, and play doh with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an engaging, medium-length vanilla-caramel, pumpkin spice, nut shells, and cornichons finish with cottony, coating tannins and moderate oak. Autumnal flavors abound in this toasty and balanced Sonoma Chardonnay.
2Hawk 2016  Chardonnay
89 points
$26
Yellow straw color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spiced nuts, grilled pineapple, and paprika bbq rub with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, refreshing, medium-long papayas in cream and spiced apples puree finish with moderate oak. A nice spicy Chardonnay that will be great with grilled fish and poultry.
Lake Sonoma 2015  Chardonnay
89 points
$30
Medium golden straw color. Candied aromas of salted caramel, buttered popcorn, candied apple, and nut brittle with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long caramelized Seville oranges, coconut cream, dill, minerals, and toasted scone finish with crunchy tannins and heavy oak. A rich and caramelly Chardonnay; cellar for a bit to integrate this wine’s serious oak.
Diamondback Vineyards 2014  Chardonnay
89 points
$48
Bright yellow straw color. Fruity, toasty aromas of lemon tart, dried oranges, bittersharp apples, cream soda, and bread crusts with a bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length roasted almonds and salted caramel finish with coating tannins and light oak. A toasty chardonnay that will be a real charmer at the table.
Replica 2016 Knockoff Chardonnay
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Clear golden straw color. Clean, citrusy, complex, elegant, fresh aromas and flavors of dried pear slices, roasted nuts, pineapple upside down cake, soursop, and caramel corn with a round, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length finish with well-integrated, silky, soft tannins and light oak. An attractive, tropical chardonnay that hits all the notes.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Sean Minor 2016 Four Bears Chardonnay
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of butter poached apples, toffee, mixed roasted nuts with honey, and shortbread cookies with lemon zest with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long sesame candy and orange blossom finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. Waves of fruit, spice, and caramel tantalize in this decadent yet superbly balanced chardonnay.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Sharpe Hill 2015 Vineyard Reserver Chardonnay
88 points
$14.49
Best Buy
White gold color. Aromas of diced apples, banana taffy, and sweet cream with a silky, crisp, fruity light body and a polished, crisp lemon drop candies, wheat grass, and orange flower water finish with soft tannins and no oak. A crisp and clean Connecticut chardonnay for white Burgundy fans.
88 points $14.49 Best Buy
Mossback 2016  Chardonnay
88 points
$18
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of granny smith apple, roasted walnuts, bruleed lemon slices, and brown sugar with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy dried apricot, fine tobacco, and guava finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant Chardonnay from Russian River Valley with great acidity that makes it great aperitif.
Château Élan 2016 Reserve Chardonnay
88 points
$24.95
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas of fresh sliced pear, harvest apples, fresh apricot, cinnamon, and iced tea with honey with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, medium-length toasted baguette with fruit preserves, nutmeg spiced butter, and finish with coating tannins and light oak. A fruit-forward American Chardonnay with nice concentration and toasty oak.
88 points $24.95
Château Élan 2017 Reserve Chardonnay
88 points
$24.95
Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of ripe bartlett pear with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a peppery, cheery green apple and coriander finish with a suggestion of oak. Intense pear aromas entice for another sip of this intensely fruity wine.
88 points $24.95
Ramona Ranch Winery 2016 Oak Aged Chardonnay
88 points
$25
Golden straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of vanilla buttercream on pineapple cupcake and apple crumble with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, charming, easy nutskin, green apple butter on toast, and citrus spritzed melon finish with a suggestion of oak. A nice mild Chardonnay sipper.
Cathedral Ridge 2016  Chardonnay
88 points
$28
Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of sliced pear, struck match, green apple candy, pinewood, and vanilla with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk smooth caramel, brown butter, and baking spices finish with a suggestion of oak. A solid Columbia Gorge chardonnay with many pairing possibilities.
Pellegrini 2014 Estate Grown Vintners Pride Chardonnay
88 points
$29.99
Yellow straw color. Interesting aromas of elotes, lime spritz, smoked apple, pears in syrup, and autumn leaves with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length biscuits and honey and salted caramel dipped apple slices finish with a suggestion of oak. A tasty and interesting Chardonnay that will be a real charmer at the table.
88 points $29.99
Lumos 2015 Wren Vineyard Chardonnay
88 points
$35
Medium golden straw color. Creamy aromas of marshmallow fluff, wonderbread, roasted pine nuts, and pineapple upside down cake with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk lemon slices and white tea finish with soft tannins and no oak. An easy-drinking unoaked chardonnay that’s crisp and pairable.
Prix 2016 Reserve Chardonnay
88 points
$40
Clear golden straw color. Aromas of sweet pineapple, overripe guava and papaya, margarine, and tamarind with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, appealing, medium-length graham cracker, white grapefruit juice, and poached apple finish with soft tannins and light oak. A fruity, anytime chardonnay.
Silver Creek 2016  Chardonnay
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Nutty, buttery aromas of roasted nuts in caramel, buttered popcorn, ripe pear, and coconut-dill with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy caramelized mushrooms, dried peach, and toasted spiced pecans finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A pleasing California chardonnay.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Castoro Cellars 2016 Estate Grown Chardonnay
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of lemon spritzed apple slices and almond nougat with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, snappy lime cordial and French toast finish with a suggestion of oak. A light and cheerful chardonnay with great texture.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Storyteller 2016 Summer Camp Chardonnay
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Brilliant golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of fresh persimmon and quince, apple tart, passionfruit custard, and lime oil with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length nutmeg finish with coating tannins and light oak. An elegantly fruity chardonnay with instant appeal.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate 2016  Chardonnay
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of apple compote, pineapple, overripe cantaloupe, banana puree, and lily with a silky, crisp, fruity light body and an even, breezy sweet almonds, pound cake, lemon icing, and cinnamon toast finish with a suggestion of oak. A zippy chardonnay with bright acidity and a laid back style.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Donovan-Parke 2016  Chardonnay
87 points
$15.99
Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of caramel drizzled apples, toast, marshmallow fluff, and honeydew melon with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length poached pears with sea salt and pina colada finish with soft tannins and no oak. A tasty and tropical chardonnay with blasts of fruit flavor.
87 points $15.99
Prescription Vineyards 2015  Chardonnay
87 points
$20
Bright gold color. Aromas of apple jelly, artisan orange marmalade, roasted nuts in brown butter, and candied apple with a round, crisp, petillant, fruity medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-length honey drizzled pears and toasted brioche finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A spritzy, lucious chardonnay from Clarksburg.
William Heritage 2016 Pumpkin Hill Vineyard Estate Grown Chardonnay
87 points
$28
Straw color. Pure aromas of sand, diced golden apples, light caramel, and dried citrus peels with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and an even, brisk lemon tree honey, candied walnut, and tapioca finish with no oak. A clean and crisp Chardonnay.
Antler Hill 2016  Chardonnay
87 points
$30
Golden straw color. Aromas of popcorn, wet wool, lime cordial, fresh coconut flesh, and kiwi with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk butterscotch, lemon peel, juicy orange, and nutmeg finish. An atypical Carneros chardonnay that offers juicy citrus flavors.
Cathedral Ridge 2015 McDuffee Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay
87 points
$44
Bright golden yellow color. Minerally aromas and flavors of dried apricot, pineapple-coconut, sea salt, and slate with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, buoyant toasted crumpet and banana pudding finish with a suggestion of oak. A laid-back chardonnay with a toasty appeal.
Lobo 2016 Wulff Vineyard Chardonnay
87 points
$60
Golden yellow color. Creamy aromas of pineapple upside down cake, marshmallow, butterscotch, and peanut brittle with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, crisp tart apple and pear trifle and peach cup finish with coating, silky tannins and moderate oak. A creamy, fruity chardonnay for dinner pairings or "me-time" sipping.
Avalon 2016  Chardonnay
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Citrusy, fruity aromas of toasted challah, apple butter, and broiled meyer lemon with a satiny, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy sour pineapple candies and candied lime finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A cheerful and bright chardonnay for effortless sipping.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Eve 2016  Chardonnay
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of apples and pears, dried citrus, honey roasted cashew, and aloe with a silky, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, cheery vanilla cream and hint of spice finish with fine, fruit tannins. A mellow, easy drinking chardonnay sipper.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Lucky Star 2016  Chardonnay
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of overripe pineapple, toasted marshmallow, bosc pear, orange zest, and macadamia nut with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, buoyant caramelized tropical fruits finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A tropical and juicy chardonnay.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Myles & Moore 2016  Chardonnay
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple and exotic tropical fruits and spiced nuts with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, cheery vanilla toffee finish. A nice creamy, easy drinking chardonnay.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Adirondack Winery 2016  Chardonnay
86 points
$15.99
Clear straw color. Confected, creamy aromas of sweet egg custard, buttery pound cake, lemon icing, and exotic vanilla bean with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a smooth, brisk lemon finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A light and creamy chardonnay for afternoon sipping.
86 points $15.99
Aviary Vineyards 2016  Chardonnay
86 points
$16.99
Yellow straw color. Nutty aromas of toasted almond, marzipan, vanilla bean, and banana pastry with a bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant pineapple upside down cake, fondant, and white pepper finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fruity chardonnay with a touch of sweetness.
86 points $16.99
Pend d’Oreille 2016  Chardonnay
86 points
$18
Yellow straw color. Aromas of egg salad on croissant, spiced apple compote, popcorn, ripe canary melon, dried peach, and wax coated candies with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, terse lemon shortbread cookies finish. A fruity lunch wine with local charm.
The Naked Grape NV  Chardonnay
86 points
$19.99
Bright golden yellow color. Baked, buttery, candied, cheesy, creamy aromas and flavors of baked yellow apples, pineapple, salted caramel, lemon pound cake, and crushed walnut with a round, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A good quality example of Cali Chard with balanced oak.
86 points $19.99
Sean Minor 2016  Chardonnay
86 points
$21.99
Brilliant yellow straw color. Aromas of heirloom apples, lemon cake, coconut, and latex with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a peppery, fleeting baked pineapple, shortbread, and cracked peppercorns finish with a suggestion of oak. An easy-going quaffer for effortless sipping.
86 points $21.99
Penns Woods 2016 Reserve Chardonnay
86 points
$28
Straw green color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon-lime popsicle, apple blossom, pear, and toast with vanilla creme Anglaise with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish. A crushable chardonnay perfect for summer.
Hagafen 2016  Chardonnay
86 points
$30
Clear straw color. Aromas and flavors of buttercream, white chocolate-mint, candied citrus peels, tobacco, sweet plantain, and lambic with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy dried pineapple finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. An extroverted, tropical chardonnay.
Labyrinth 2014 Presquile Vineyard Chardonnay
86 points
$36
Golden straw color. Aromas of pickled nopales, butterscotch, and red and green apples with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, easy sea salt, chalk, and pineapple finish. A zippy and bright chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley.
Roberts and Rogers 2015 Reserve Chardonnay
86 points
$55
Brilliant golden straw color. Inviting, spicy aromas of buttery brioche French toast, latex, tiki spiced pineapple, orgeat, and Jamaican rum with an bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length caramelized mango, brown sugar, teriyaki, and cigar wrapper finish with coating tannins and heavy oak. A very toasty chardonnay with a kiss of sweetness.
Barefoot NV  Chardonnay
85 points
$6.99
Clear golden yellow color. Floral, fresh, fruity, citrusy, clean aromas and flavors of ripe apples and pears, lemon cream pie with a buttery crust, and melon with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A crisp and juicy Chardonnay for anytime sipping.
85 points $6.99
Four Vines 2016 Naked Chardonnay
85 points
$9.99
Clear golden yellow color. Cheesy, citrusy, clean, creamy, floral aromas and flavors of heirloom apples, baked yellow apple pie, and thyme with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy ghee, pastry cream, and honeycomb finish with soft, silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A pure and natural chardonnay.
85 points $9.99
Glenbrook 2016  Chardonnay
85 points
$9.99
Golden straw color. Toasty, fruity aromas of cinnamon-raisin toast, apricot jam, orange and grapefruit marmalade, and fennel with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, brisk tart apple and breakfast pastry finish with soft tannins. A tart Chardonnay that could be a nice summer refresher.
85 points $9.99
Bliss Family Vineyards 2016 Estate Bottled Chardonnay
85 points
$14
Golden straw color. Creamy, toasty aromas and flavors of caramel corn and gelato and spicy apple pie with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length buttery praline and green pear finish with fine, fruit tannins and light oak. A pleasant, toasty, creamy sipper.
Cape May 2016  Chardonnay
85 points
$20
Brilliant golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of candied pine nuts, apricot preserve, honeydew melon, meringue, and sliced banana with a velvety, soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish. A tropical fruit salad of a chardonnay fit for afternoon quaffing.
Cape May 2016 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
85 points
$24
Light gold color. Tropical aromas of fruit cup, apple jelly, pineapple sorbet, Hawaiian rolls, and coconut shavings with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy macadamia nut finish. A tropical and gulpable chardonnay with a crowd-pleasing style.
Portola Vineyards 2015  Chardonnay
85 points
$30
Brilliant gold color. Baked, buttery, cheesy, creamy, earthy aromas and flavors of guava, papaya, and toaster strudel with a round, racy, dry medium-full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length meyer lemon, passionfruit, and coriander finish with soft, silky tannins and moderate oak. A tropical and extroverted chardonnay for grilled pork.
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2016 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
85 points
$48
Clear golden straw color. Fruity aromas of poached egg white, apple vinaigrette, diced pears in syrup, and croissant with a satiny, tangy, sourish light-to-medium body and a tingling, easy sour apple candies and sourdough bread finish. A tart chardonnay for a good quaffing session; aerate to increase its fruity character.
Parker’s Estate 2015  Chardonnay
84 points
$9.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas of fallen green apple, tinned pineapple, honeysuckle, caramel corn, and toasted meringue with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, brisk tinned pears finish with a suggestion of oak. An easy-drinking chardonnay for weeknight pairings.
84 points $9.99
Chime 2015  Chardonnay
84 points
$12.99
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon rinds, ripe quince, baked golden apples, and butter with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, brisk finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A plush chardonnay quaffer with effortless drinkability.
84 points $12.99
Bread & Butter 2016  Chardonnay
84 points
$14.99
Bright light gold color. Oaky, smoky, toasty, floral aromas and flavors of sticky buns, baked peaches, vanilla creme Anglaise, and sawdust with a creamy, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long marshmallows and graham cracker finish with soft, silky tannins and moderate oak. A rich and full Cali Chard with a big oak influence.
84 points $14.99
Adirondack Winery 2016 Barrel Aged Chardonnay
84 points
$17.99
Bright golden straw color. Aromas of apple compote, salted caramel, sourdough, and hint of nail polish remover with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, quick nut skins and ripe pear finish. An easy drinking quaffer; serve with a good chill.
84 points $17.99
Agajanian Vineyards 2016  Chardonnay
84 points
$25
Gold color. Aromas of pear core, tinned orchard fruit, and baked pears with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, cheery lemon peel, toasty oak, and aluminum finish with moderate oak. A distinctive, steely Chardonnay from Monterey.
Heritage 2015 Estate Reserve Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
84 points
$30
Brilliant straw color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla-orange, underripe strawberry, cajeta, wet slate, and struck match with a satiny, vibrant, dry light body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish with no oak. A pleasant chardonnay with big minerality; serve with a good chill.
William Heritage 2016 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
84 points
$30
Pale yellow straw color. Creamy aromas of cola with lime, cream soda, roasted pineapple, and pine nuts with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sparse cotton and pastry finish with soft tannins. A light and breezy chardonnay for effortless quaffing.
Bordeleau NV Lot Number 5 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
83 points
$16
Clear straw color. Fruity aromas of apple and pear compote, juicy fruit gum, and hint of hairspray with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, relaxed grilled apples, buttered toast, and vanilla fondant finish with soft tannins and light oak. A nice fruity chardonnay with toasty edges.
Hopwood Cellars NV  Chardonnay
83 points
$17.49
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of overripe pineapple, lychee and mango, banana moon pie, baby powder, and oat cakes with a soft, shy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a brisk finish. A fun quaffer for sangrias.
83 points $17.49
Firelands 2015 Barrel Select Estate Bottled Chardonnay
81 points
$14.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas of bar soap, cider, tapioca, and peach candies with a soft, dryish light body and a short wax and honey butter finish. An interesting chardonnay quaffer from the heartland.
81 points $14.99
Black Willow Winery NV  Chardonnay
80 points
$14.95
Yellow straw color. Aromas of fallen lemon, overripe rhubarb, banana peel, and overripe squash with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, brisk half and half and curry finish with soft, fruit tannins. A funky quaffer for adventuresome days.
80 points $14.95
Cedar Mountain 2015  Chardonnay
80 points
$20
Yellow straw color. Aromas of dried apple, cinnamon syrup, baked pear, and dried orange peel with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a medium-length caramelized plantain and kettle corn finish with coating tannins and a suggestion of oak. A solid chardonnay for weeknight pairings; aerate.
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