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March 2020 - US Chardonnay

March 2020 - US Chardonnay
This month's Wine feature is US Chardonnay Wines

US Chardonnay Reviews

Publix Premium 2017 Limited Edition Chardonnay
94 points
$24.99
Straw color. Oaky, fruity aromas and flavors of cedar sauna, peach-mango yogurt, and almond brittle with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, nuanced, long finish evoking suggestions of delicate spices, roasted pineapple, toasted baguette with marmalade, tobacco, and tea with cream with moderate oak flavor. A superb sipping experience with elegant oak, and delicate spice atop vivid fruit.
94 points $24.99
Jarvis 2018 Finch Hollow Chardonnay
94 points
$145
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of creme puffs, rich creme brulee, artisan caramels, ripe mango and banana, and toasted hawaiian rolls with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-long finish displaying notes of blonde tobacco, crushed coriander, and vanilla-ginger custard with moderate oak flavor. A balanced and delicious Napa Chardonnay with layers of alluring oak.
Intercept 2018  Chardonnay
92 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of tea with cream, hints of cedar, and apple tisane with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, layered, long spiced toffee, almond tea cakes, buttercream, and meyer lemon finish with moderate oak flavor. A delicate Chardonnay with elegant oak and a stylish personality.
Wildwood Oak Winery 2018 Elk Vineyard "Regans Blend" Chardonnay
92 points
$33
Golden yellow color. Aromas of caramel drizzled apples, salted pretzels, bananas foster, and ripe tropical fruit with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, elegant, long hints of smoky dark roasted coffee, peach tart, and piña colada finish with heavy oak flavor. A sultry, velvety Chardonnay with copious amounts of fancy oak and decadent style; drink up.
Jarvis 2018 Estate Chardonnay
92 points
$80
Yellow straw color. Aromas of suede, luxury pineapple confection, allspice, and vanilla-caramel with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long toffee-coated pine nuts, coconut cream, roasted nuts in caramel, and apricot chutney finish with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. A luxurious Napa Chardonnay that drapes the palate in silky oak and decadent fruit character.
Jarvis 2018 Unfiltered Finch Hollow Chardonnay
92 points
$160
Golden straw color. Oaky aromas of buttered parker dinner rolls, ripe bananas, grilled pineapple, and hints of kiwi with a round, crisp, light-to-medium body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long caramel, passion fruit yogurt, creme brulee, and flint finish with heavy oak flavor. A juicy, silky, luxurious Chardonnay that’s worth it; for fans of oak-laden styles.
San Simeon 2017  Chardonnay
91 points
$25
Light gold color. Aromas of roasted pineapple, creme brulee, hawaiian rolls, and roasted nuts with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a silky, complex, long cinnamon rolls, tropical fruit pastry, and caramel finish with coating tannins and heavy oak flavor. An oaky, substantial Chardonnay with a decadent "yum" factor.
Tom Eddy 2018 Purrington Vineyard Unfiltered Chardonnay
91 points
$75
Light gold color. Aromas of peanut brittle, butter, shortbread cookies, and roasted spiced apples a la mode with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length buttercream, pineapple upside down cake, and vanilla custard finish with light oak flavor. A bold Chardonnay for the with a tantalizingly buttery style.
Schug 2018  Chardonnay
90 points
$25
Straw color. Aromas of ripe peach, lily, green apple, ginger, vanilla bean, frosted spice cake, and coconut flake-topped bananas with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long pineapple and kiwi finish with moderate oak flavor. A bright and silky Chardonnay with great balance.
Lawer Estates 2018 Cannon Block Chardonnay
90 points
$28
Straw green color. Fruity aromas of key lime pie, vanilla bean, honeydew melon, garden herbs, and yogurt with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, appealing, relaxed sliced fresh citrus and ripe pear finish with no oak flavor. A clean, crisp and vibrant Chardonnay.
Southern Roots Wines 2017  Chardonnay
90 points
$40
Yellow straw color. Aromas of pineapple pastry, hazelnut creme, cinnamon-dusted apples, and caramel custard with a round, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-long ripe mango, apricot chutney, mocha, and toasted pound cake finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A caramel-y Carneros Chardonnay with piles of toasty charm.
Cupcake 2018  Chardonnay
89 points
$11
Best Buy
Bright golden straw color. Aromas of toasty bread pudding with creme anglaise, lemon zest, and crushed pineapple with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length vanilla-sugar, popovers with honey butter, and coconut flakes finish with heavy oak flavor. A fun and lively Chardonnay that piles on tropical, oaky vibes.
89 points $11 Best Buy
Stephen Vincent 2018  Chardonnay
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas of vanilla candle, ripe cantaloupe, pineapple sorbet, and spiced apple cider with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, stimulating, medium-long lemon meringue pie and toasted coconut finish with moderate oak flavor. Bright acidity and lots of varietal character stand out in this pairable North Coast Chardonnay.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Benziger 2017  Chardonnay
89 points
$16.99
Straw color. Aromas of toasted brioche, blond tobacco, apple chutney, and pineapple sorbet with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, breezy toasted nuts in caramel and suede finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A vivacious Sonoma Chardonnay with a great sense of brightness and restrained, sophisticated flavors.
89 points $16.99
Austerity 2018  Chardonnay
88 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach tart, hazelnut buttercream, and toasty pastry crusts with a satiny, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with notes of pineapple smoothie with moderate oak flavor. A tasty, silky-smooth Chardonnay with stylish flavors.
Harken 2018 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
88 points
Golden straw color. Aromas of parker dinner rolls, caramel drizzled nuts, coconut dream bar, and mango with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, delightful, medium-length peach jam and frosted spice cake finish. A juicy, toasty Chardonnay that hits the spot.
Robert Hall 2018  Chardonnay
88 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of orange marmalade, sultanas, apple jelly, tea cakes, and cashews with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length finish displaying notes of minerals with light oak flavor. A light, easy-drinking Chardonnay with a hint of minerality.
Fox Hollow Vineyards 2018  Chardonnay
88 points
$22
Golden straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of pickled green pineapple, wintergreen and jasmine, lime peel and bay leaf, and burnt sugar with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-long finish revealing notes of apple-onion marmalade on raisin toast, spiced nectarine and green tomato, and nut skin with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An intriguing Chardonnay with lots of unexpected flavor twists and turns; try with spicy seafood.
The Federalist 2018  Chardonnay
88 points
$23
Golden yellow color. Toasty, oaky aromas and flavors of cedar incense, grilled pineapples and apples, and brown butter roasted nuts with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish imparting accents of vanilla buttercream on scones, pineapple upside down cake, and honey clotted cream with well-integrated, fruit tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice juicy oak-driven Chardonnay sipper.
Centerpiece 2018  Chardonnay
87 points
Golden straw color. Aromas of apple jelly, roasted nuts, and suede with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length spiced toffee, grilled lemon, juniper, and peach finish with light oak flavor. A clean and satiny Chardonnay.
Cloud Break 2018 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
87 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple strudel and warm butter cookie with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk finish that shows nuances of lemon curd with light oak flavor. A creamy white quaffer for everyday pairing.
Fireband 2018 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
87 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of banana mousse, golden apples, and toasted corn bread with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy buttered toast, pineapple, and marshmallow finish with moderate oak flavor. A simple and easy-drinking Chardonnay that’s a sure bet.
AVA Grace 2018  Chardonnay
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Light gold color. Aromas of butter-poached apples, crushed pineapple, and coconut layer cake with an oily, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy cinnamon and brown butter on nuts finish with moderate oak flavor. A buttery, oaky California Chardonnay that will hit the spot.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Firefly Ridge 2018  Chardonnay
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of fresh croissant, lemon curd, crushed pineapple, white flowers, and toasted almonds with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length finish that shows notes of coconut flakes with no oak flavor. A buttery Central Coast Chardonnay with an elegant nose.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Formation 2018  Chardonnay
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of chess pie, vanilla bon bon, orange zest, and lemon curd with butter on toast with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length whipped cream, toasty pie crusts, and brioche finish with no oak flavor. A rich and buttery Chardonnay for lovers of the style.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Tailor Made 2017  Chardonnay
87 points
$15.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of piña colada candies, ghee, butterscotch, ripe papaya, and sweet banana pudding with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, charming, medium-length finish conveying nuances of allspice and buttered popcorn with moderate oak flavor. A rich and full Chardonnay packed with tropical flavor and piña colada vibes.
87 points $15.99
Schug 2018  Chardonnay
87 points
$35
Yellow straw color. Aromas of candied green apple, Swiss meringue, tangerine, and white rose with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length dressed haricots verts finish with grippy, papery tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A sultry Chardonnay with hints of floral nuance; pair with pork.
Creamery 2018 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
86 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of golden apples, ripe banana, pineapple smoothie, and nutmeg with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length finish that exhibits accents of vanilla yogurt and peach compote with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. Classic flavor reigns in this easy-drinking California Chardonnay.
Line 39 2018  Chardonnay
86 points
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of butter poached apples and vanilla pound cake with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish conveying accents of pineapple, custard, and banana chips with light oak flavor. A toasty California Chardonnay for simple easy-drinking pleasure.
Eagle Lake 2018  Chardonnay
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas of ripe pineapple, passion fruit, and pink grapefruit with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length bruleed lemon and bison grass finish with light oak flavor. A bright and crisp Chardonnay that will appeal to the Sauvignon Blanc lover.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Imagery Estate 2018  Chardonnay
86 points
$19.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas of apple compote, almond bark, pineapple-banana smoothie, and hawaiian rolls with a supple, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, swift ghee and orange juice finish with moderate oak flavor. A toasty, buttery Chardonnay that checks all the boxes.
86 points $19.99
Buttercup 2018 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
85 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of crisp apples, juicy pineapple, toasted hawaiian roll, scented candle, and dill with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, easy silky vanilla custard, crushed pineapple, and spiced orange flan finish with moderate oak flavor. A toasty, juicy Chardonnay that hits the spot.
Gravelly Ford 2018  Chardonnay
85 points
Golden straw color. Aromas of pineapple jam, toasted marshmallow, tinned asparagus, and ginger with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy buttered bread and apple-cinnamon toaster pastry finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A simple California Chardonnay that hits the spot.
Root Cause 2018  Chardonnay
85 points
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of toast with honey, grilled pineapple, beeswax, orgeat, and shaved coconut with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length finish that shows notes of spiced apples and taffy with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A tropical, creamy Chardonnay that checks all the boxes.
Barefoot NV  Chardonnay
85 points
$6.99
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple cake, coconut buttercream, and toast with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a graceful, brisk finish with light oak flavor. A creamy, toasty and tropical California Chardonnay that hits the spot.
85 points $6.99
No Curfew 2018  Chardonnay
85 points
$12
Golden straw color. Aromas of buttered toast and spiced apple compote with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a sleek, breezy cream soda and lemon bars finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. An easy drinking California Chardonnay that checks all of the boxes.
Cycles Gladiator 2018  Chardonnay
84 points
$9.99
Bright gold color. Aromas of vanilla candle, flan, and bread pudding with a round, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy toasted coconut and apple pie finish with moderate oak flavor. A vanilla-laden everyday Chardonnay.
84 points $9.99
Harthill Farms NV  Chardonnay
84 points
$9.99
Straw color. Aromas of lemon candies, pineapple preserves, and flint with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, brisk toast and cinnamon-spiced apple pie finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, easy-drinking Chardonnay that hits the spot.
84 points $9.99
Keynote 2018  Chardonnay
84 points
$11.99
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla-honey candle, roasted seeds and nuts, creamy caramel, and ghee with a supple, bright, fruity light body and a smooth, cheery finish displaying impressions of spiced apple compote and bananas foster with coating tannins and no oak flavor. A smooth and creamy Chardonnay for easy sipping.
84 points $11.99
Freelings Creek 2018 Bright Steel Chardonnay
84 points
$14.99
Golden straw color. Aromas of pickled asparagus and apples, dill, garlic scapes, and fruit cup with a silky, vibrant, dryish light body and a seamless, captivating, breezy champagne vinaigrette on sautéed spring veggies finish with light oak flavor. A savory and herbaceous wine with piquant, garden-fresh flavors; for the adventurous Chardonnay drinker.
84 points $14.99
Freelings Creek 2018 Toasted Oak Chardonnay
84 points
$14.99
Light golden straw color. Smoky aromas and flavors of bacon, candied apple, tropical fruit compote, and whipped cream with a satiny, crisp, light body and a sleek, brisk finish with no oak flavor. An intensely savory, smoky Chardonnay for creative pairings.
84 points $14.99
Owl Block 2018 Reserve Chardonnay
84 points
$19.99
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of toast with honey butter, chamomile tea, and pineapple jam with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish with notes of almond pastry, tart lemons, and golden apples with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A cheerful Chardonnay for rich meals.
84 points $19.99
Big Max 2018  Chardonnay
84 points
$22.99
Straw color. Aromas of peach yogurt, egg sandwich with savory herbs, and starchy linen with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a cheery pineapple smoothie and crisp apples finish. A refreshing white quaffer.
84 points $22.99
Paso Oaks 2018  Chardonnay
83 points
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of tea with lemon and thyme with a satiny, crisp, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish displaying notes of pineapple and pastry with light oak flavor. A bright, food-friendly Chardonnay.
Frey 2017 Biodynamic Chardonnay
82 points
$20
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of roasted agave, cooked pineapple, hints of leather and tobacco, cookie dough, and dried apple with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a sleek, brief finish that presents elements of salted nuts and caramel with moderate oak flavor. An atypical Chardonnay with lots of roasty character.
Frey 2018 Sun & Rain Organic Chardonnay
80 points
$12
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of peanut brittle, pistachio nougat, sunflower seeds, and agave nectar with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a graceful, breezy finish that exhibits accents of parmesan with moderate oak flavor. A nutty wine for cheese pairing.
Portola Vineyards 2017  Chardonnay
80 points
$30
Brassy light gold color. Interesting aromas and flavors of roasted agave, roasted squash, banana chips, sunflower seeds, honey, and stewed peaches with a slightly chewy, sharp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, easy finish with moderate oak flavor. A funky and distinctive Chardonnay expression for thrill-seekers.
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