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November 2019 - US Chardonnay

November 2019 - US Chardonnay
This month's Wine feature is US Chardonnay Wines

US Chardonnay Reviews

Adastra 2017  Chardonnay
94 points
$39
Bright gold color. Aromas of cinnamon-dusted toasted croissant, pineapple, mango, peach pie, and flint with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, long silky creme brulee, rum sauce, and hazelnut cream finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and heavy oak flavor. An oak-laden Chardonnay with silky texture and delectable fruit.
Maddalena 2017  Chardonnay
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of caramel apple fritter, toasted croissant, baking spices, and kiwi with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish displaying shades of spiced pineapple, apricot, and meyer lemon with moderate oak flavor. A rich and oak-centric Chardonnay with great style and length.
93 points $20 Best Buy
McIlroy 2018 Aquarius Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay
93 points
$36
Golden straw color. Tropical aromas of lime curd, pineapple relish, ripe pear, cut grass, and toasted hawaiian roll with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, layered, long allspice, cinnamon-caramel, mango tart, and praline finish with heavy oak flavor. A concentrated Chardonnay with vibrant, tropical fruit and superbly integrated, silky oak.
Adastra 2017 Boundless Optimism "America, America" Chardonnay
93 points
$38
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of coconut cream, ripe mango, tangerine zest, and vanilla custard with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a silky, amusing, medium-long finish with shades of caramel drizzled pineapple, whipped cream, allspice, and marzipan with heavy oak flavor. A plush, palate-enveloping Chardonnay with big Carneros swagger.
Grgich Hills 2016 Estate Grown Chardonnay
93 points
$43
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of spiced pineapple, ripe mango, ripe apricot, caramel-apple, sandalwood, and hint of anise with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish with accents of tarragon with heavy oak flavor. An oaky, tropical Chardonnay with great acidity that keeps you coming back for another sip.
Lobo 2018 Single Vineyard Estate Grown Chardonnay
93 points
$60
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of cream soda, buttered popcorn, apple pie, and magnolia with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with heavy oak flavor. A creamy, oaky Chardonnay with staying power.
McIlroy 2018  Chardonnay
92 points
$24.99
Golden straw color. Oaky aromas of apple fritters, kettle corn, hints of coffee bean, and roasted almond with a round, crisp, off-dry full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long walnut praline and cocoa butter finish with coating tannins and heavy oak flavor. A bold, oak-centric Chardonnay that drapes the palate in silky, creamy, roasty flavors.
92 points $24.99
San Simeon 2017  Chardonnay
92 points
$25
Light gold color. Aromas of vanilla-almond bark, white chocolate, apple pie, coconut, and orange peel with a full body and a distinctive, long toasty bread pudding, rich caramel latte, honeysuckle, and ripe apricot finish. A beautiful Chardonnay that’s at once approachable and rich in style and character.
Adastra 2017 NOak Chardonnay
92 points
$27.95
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of cajeta, chai tea, shortbread, and orange chiffon with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, intricate, medium-long finish with no oak flavor. A buttery, decadent Chardonnay with dulce de leche-like flavors for lovers of oaky and unoaked Chardonnay alike; pair with spicy Latin fare.
92 points $27.95
Page Mill Winery 2018 VS Chardonnay
91 points
$36
Straw color. Aromas of mocha latte, coconut buttercream, pineapple cake, and apple charlotka with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, long tea with lemon and honey and buttered nuts finish with heavy oak flavor. A heavily oaked New World Chardonnay that maintains a delicacy that keeps it bright, refreshing, and effortlessly drinkable.
Parmelee-Hill 2018  Chardonnay
91 points
$40
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon meringue pie and vanilla steamer with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long finish evoking accents of apricot-mango yogurt and yuzu marmalade with moderate oak flavor. A crisp and focused Chardonnay with bright tropical fruit and balanced oak.
Zeffer Hills 2018  Chardonnay
90 points
$18.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas of apricot-almond tea cakes, ripe peach, and pineapple custard with a vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, complex, medium-long buttercream, toasted almond slivers, candied pineapple, and burnt sugar finish with heavy oak flavor. A tantalizing Chardonnay with stately oak, bright tropical fruit, and an unrelenting finish.
90 points $18.99
Golden Winery 2018  Chardonnay
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of peach muffin, pear tart, spiced pineapple, and clove-studded tangerine with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish with light oak flavor. A silky and vibrant Chardonnay with elegant fruit.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Maddalena 2017 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
89 points
$20
Golden straw color. Oaky aromas and flavors of buttered crepes, honey-drizzled apples, turmeric, coconut, and clove with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long finish displaying nuances of toast with coating tannins and heavy oak flavor. A bold but bright oak-bomb of a wine that will delight fans of the style.
Dusted Valley 2017 Olsen Vineyard Chardonnay
89 points
$36
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of toast, orange marmalade, pineapple chutney, and nougat with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, medium-length finish with suggestions of butter with moderate oak flavor. A restrained and gentle Chardonnay with an elegant use of oak.
2Hawk 2017 Darow Series Chardonnay
89 points
$46
Yellow straw color. Aromas of apple pastry, cola, vanilla custard, and sponge cake with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length whipped cream, melba toast, and delicate baking spice finish. A silky-smooth Chardonnay with front-and-center oaky character and great acidity.
No Curfew 2018  Chardonnay
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of apple pie a la mode and pineapple upside down cake with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, snappy butter and baking spices finish with moderate oak flavor. A palate pleaser.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Bargetto 2018 Regan Vineyards Chardonnay
88 points
$35
Light gold color. Aromas of caramel apple, raspberry jam, strawberry candle, and chocolate with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a silky, medium-length pineapple sticky pudding, pressed flowers, and white rose finish with heavy oak flavor. A distinctive and conversation-worthy Chardonnay with unexpected but delightful notes of berries.
Frey 2018  Chardonnay
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of candied peach and maple cookies with a silky, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length peanut brittle, buttered popcorn, caramel, and roasted agave finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, caramelly Chardonnay for autumn sipping.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Penns Woods 2018 Reserve Chardonnay
87 points
$28
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of caramel-apple, buttered toast, pineapple relish, and mango preserves with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, carefree finish with nuances of creme brulee and apple compote with light oak flavor. A smooth-sipping buttery Chardonnay with big fruit.
Barefoot NV  Chardonnay
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of apple fritter, tea with lemon, and caramel with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy buttered brioche and cinnamon finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A crisp,breezy, easy-drinking Chardonnay.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate 2018  Chardonnay
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas of ripe pear, roasted marcona almonds, bruleed banana, and meyer lemon with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length butter cookies and glazed pineapple finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. An oaky, tropical Chardonnay that hits the spot.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Cannonball 2017  Chardonnay
86 points
$15.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas of vanilla caramel, tiramisu, starfruit, and lime peel with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, relaxed frosted cinnamon roll and spiced apples finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. An oaky crowd pleaser with lots of flavor.
86 points $15.99
Crestwood 2017  Chardonnay
85 points
$7.99
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of toasted marshmallow, tobacco, caramel, and pumpkin spice latte with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish that shows impressions of buttercream and white chocolate with moderate oak flavor. A silky-smooth Chardonnay for autumnal sipping.
85 points $7.99
Frey 2018 Sun and Rain Chardonnay
85 points
$15
Yellow straw color. Aromas of ripe agave, whipped sweet potato with butter, and toasted crumpet with a satiny, sharp, dry medium body and a peppery, breezy white peppercorns and dried pineapple finish with moderate oak flavor. A Chardonnay quaffer to serve with a good chill.
Dennis Drummond Wine Co NV  Chardonnay
81 points
$30
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of breakfast croissant sandwich, apple compote, caramelized onions, overripe mango, and yeasty dough with a satiny, bright, sweet watery body and a smooth, buoyant finish with light oak flavor. A funky, sweet Chardonnay to try in spritzers.
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