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October 2020 - US Chardonnay

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

US Chardonnay Reviews

Reynolds Family Winery 2018  Chardonnay
94 points
$36
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeycrisp apples, apple blossom, graham cracker crust, and lemon meringue with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length finish evoking shades of apricot-orange chutney with moderate oak flavor. A bright, vivacious Napa Chardonnay; aerate and drink now or cellar for a few years for peak enjoyment.
Kirkland Signature 2018  Chardonnay
93 points
$12
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Oaky aromas and flavors of whipped cream, apricot, Poire Williams, vanilla bean, honeycomb, and hints of espresso with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish with heavy oak flavor. A silky, dreamy Chardonnay with great integration of fruit flavors and luxury oak.
93 points $12 Best Buy
Williamsburg Winery 2019 Wessex Hundred Chardonnay
92 points
$28
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of buttered corn bread, toasty apple pastry, baked peach, and oak with a velvety, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish conveying nuances of pineapple with no oak flavor. A highly pairable Chardonnay with big oak, great acidity and juicy fruit.
Levendi 2017  Chardonnay
92 points
$40
Golden straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of mango muffin, honey drizzle, spiced butter-poached pears, and coconut flakes with a velvety, crisp, fruity full body and a smooth, subtle, long finish with impressions of pineapple upside down cake, toasted pecans, peach nectar, and caramel corn with heavy oak flavor. A complex Napa Chardonnay that drinks wonderfully on its own and will pair beautifully with the meal of your choosing.
Chloe 2018  Chardonnay
91 points
$16
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of white chocolate draped nougat, almond icing, candied pineapple, nutmeg, and ginger with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length creme anglaise on toast and petit fours finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and heavy oak flavor. A delicately creamy and vibrant Chardonnay with sweet aromatics and a velvety finish.
91 points $16 Best Buy
69 Miles 2019  Chardonnay
91 points
$19
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of peach preserves, heirloom apple, salted caramel, hints of rose, and herbal tea with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of hints of bacon with moderate oak flavor. A ripe, balanced Chardonnay with great juicy character.
Bargetto 2019 Regan Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay
91 points
$35
Light gold color. Toasty aromas of lemon zest, spiced apples, roasted hazelnuts, and espresso beans with a round, fruity medium body and a tingling, layered, medium-long pumpkin loaf and buttercream-frosted spice cake finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich, coating Chardonnay with velvety oaky notes and lots of buttery malo-lactic flavors.
South Coast 2018 Sans Chene Chardonnay
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Bright pale straw green color. Tropical aromas and flavors of baked pineapple, toasted meringue, and apricot-mango yogurt with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, stimulating, medium-length finish with accents of peach pie, sweet guava, spiced apple chutney, and orange zest with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, tropical palate pleaser.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Dog Ear 2018  Chardonnay
90 points
$24
Golden yellow color. Oaky aromas and flavors of vanilla, tonka bean, banana custard tart, and spiced pineapple with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish manifesting nuances of lemon cream pie, pineapple custard, and mango on coconut sticky rice with well-integrated, medium tannins and heavy oak flavor. An oak-laden, vanilla-centric Chardonnay with bright pops of juicy tropical fruit.
Publix Premium 2017  Chardonnay
90 points
$24
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of caramel buttercream, dark roasted coffee bean, spiced apple cake, and condensed milk with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long iced tea with lemon finish with heavy oak flavor. A decadent, creamy oaky RRV Chardonnay you crave.
McIlroy 2019  Chardonnay
90 points
$25
Bright gold color. Aromas of fresh pineapple, apricot fruit leather, speculoos cookies, honey roasted macadamia nut, and dulce de leche with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, compelling, medium-long spiced pumpkin loaf, french vanilla gelato, and toasted challah finish with heavy oak flavor. A creamy, rich and balanced Chardonnay that delivers.
Prescription Vineyards 2018  Chardonnay
89 points
$19
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas of hints of pear, banana custard, goats milk caramel, fresh basil, and cut grass with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a nuanced, medium-long crisp spice cookies, tonka bean, pecan praline, and coconut layer bar finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich, stylish Chardonnay with aromas that jump from the glass.
Cocobon Vineyards 2018 Roasted Oak Chardonnay
88 points
$6
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of apple fritter, toasted marshmallow with caramel, banana nut muffin, pineapple smoothie, and vanilla bean with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish displaying accents of toasted hazelnut and mocha with moderate oak flavor. A rush of sweet oaky aromas makes this a solid choice for California Chardonnay fans.
88 points $6 Best Buy
It’s a Headsnapper 2018  Chardonnay
88 points
$9
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe golden apples, dried pineapple, starfruit, graham cracker, and hints of dried apricot with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of vanilla custard and wafer cookies with coating tannins and light oak flavor. A silky-smooth Chardonnay with fresh, bright fruit aromas.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Harken 2019 Barrel-Fermented Chardonnay
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Fruity aromas and flavors of caramel corn, butter-poached pineapple, spice cookies, hints of espresso, and baked peach with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of coconut with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, fruity chardonnay with a nice oaky backbone.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Slow Press 2018  Chardonnay
88 points
$16
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of graham crackers with spiced apple compote, spiced pineapple, and toasted meringue with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, engaging, medium-length finish evoking notes of toasted and buttered pound cake with a suggestion of oak flavor. A solid Chardonnay that hits all the fruity, toasty spicy notes you crave.
Williamsburg Winery 2019 Acte 12 Of 1619 Chardonnay
88 points
$22
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of golden apple, toasted marshmallow, cinnamon-dusted puff pastry, candied pineapple and banana, and starfruit with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish manifesting accents of peach cobbler with moderate oak flavor. A bright and shining Chardonnay with rich toasty notes complimented by a tropical rush of mouthwatering acidity.
Rock View 2019 Reserve Chardonnay
88 points
$24
Yellow straw color. Sweet aromas and flavors of vanilla buttercream, speculoos cookies, buttered toast, dulce de leche alfajores, baklava, and sugared almonds with a velvety, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length finish with overtones of pineapple custard with moderate oak flavor. A fruit forward, balanced Chardonnay with creamy, toasty oak.
Williamsburg Winery 2019 Limited Release Chardonnay
88 points
$28
Yellow straw color. Aromas of golden apples, cedar chest, buttercream, honey, and frangipani with a supple, dry thin body and a seamless, brisk lemon spritz and oak finish with light oak flavor. Bright acidity makes this a food friendly Chardonnay that pairs effortlessly.
Paradise Ridge 2016 Vineyard Select Chardonnay
88 points
$45
Bright golden green color. Aromas and flavors of bruleed lemon and golden kiwi with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-long finish displaying notes of tart pineapple chutney and sesame with a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright, quenching Chardonnay with pure fruit flavor.
Bucket List NV  Chardonnay
87 points
$8
Best Buy
Medium straw color. Aromas and flavors of frosted apple spice cake, hints of candied citrus, and caramel cookies with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of tea with lemon with light oak flavor. A juicy, oaky Chardonnay pleaser with bright acidity.
87 points $8 Best Buy
Golden Winery 2019  Chardonnay
87 points
$12
Yellow straw color. Aromas of apple cake, caramelized pineapple, fresh challah, and ginger cookies with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a silky, amusing, medium-length peach tea, honey, and sliced banana finish with light oak flavor. A light, fruity, appetizing Monterey Chardonnay for sipping and pairing.
Grgich Hills 2017  Chardonnay
87 points
$43
Yellow straw color. Smoky aromas and flavors of struck match, charred pineapple and nuts, cornichons, and jasmine with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, odd, medium-length finish with nuances of grilled green apple and lemon, pickled pineapple and jalapeño, creme brulee crust, and smoked nuts and cedar with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold smoky Chardonnay for grilled fare.
Steeple Street 2018  Chardonnay
86 points
$18.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of plantains, ripe pear, caramel on yogurt, marshmallow, and graham cracker with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, buoyant finish with accents of ghee with a suggestion of oak flavor. A gulpable Chardonnay for anytime enjoyment.
86 points $18.99
Monte De Oro 2019 Galway Vineyard Chardonnay
86 points
$24
Pale old gold color. Aromas of sesame-honey candies, baked plantains, pecans, wild citrus, and caramel with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, carefree sunflower seeds, lemon custard, and pineapple finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A distinctive hot climate Chardonnay with intriguing flavors.
Bay Bridge Vineyards NV  Chardonnay
85 points
$3
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of ripe pear, yellow plum, vanilla-caramel, and fried sage with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, breezy marshmallow and lemon jellies finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A solid New World Chardonnay with balanced acid and autumnal flavors.
85 points $3 Best Buy
Barefoot NV  Chardonnay
85 points
$6.99
Golden straw color. Aromas of pineapple cake, coconut buttercream, and toast with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish with light oak flavor. A creamy, toasty and tropical California Chardonnay that hits the spot.
85 points $6.99
Cursive 2018  Chardonnay
85 points
$9
Light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of vanilla pound cake, caramel on pear, pineapple buttercream, and honey with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of cream soda with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A boldly fruity Chardonnay with kisses of vanilla.
Tailor Made 2018  Chardonnay
85 points
$15
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried pineapple, parchment, and caramel-nut chews with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, quick finish manifesting notes of diced apples with moderate oak flavor. A Chardonnay quaffer for fans of oaky California styles.
Concannon Vineyard 2018  Chardonnay
85 points
$16
Golden straw color. Aromas of pineapple-peach salsa, green tea, and buttered popcorn with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy apple pastry finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruity, wide-appealing Chardonnay for the gang.
Oak Leaf NV  Chardonnay
84 points
$3
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of pickled apples, dill, white tea, and honey with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, crisp finish conveying suggestions of jicama with no oak flavor. A crisp and clean Chardonnay for anytime refreshment.
84 points $3 Best Buy
Frey 2019 Sun & Rain Chardonnay
84 points
$15
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of roasted agave, baked plantains, apple-raisin bread pudding, and caramel with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish with overtones of hints of carob with moderate oak flavor. A very distinctive Chardonnay with rich roasty character and velvety texture.
Mumbo Jumbo 2018  Chardonnay
84 points
$20
Golden straw color. Aromas of apple compote, candied ginger, buttery pastry, and walnut praline with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, relaxed lemon custard finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruity, oaky Chardonnay for anytime sipping.
Three Wishes NV  Chardonnay
83 points
$3
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of apple-studded oatmeal, dried lemon, and graham cracker with a lean, soft, dryish thin body and a smooth, brisk tinned apples and butter finish with no oak flavor. A soft white quaffer to serve with a good chill.
83 points $3 Best Buy
Frey 2018 Spin Chardonnay
83 points
$15
Old gold color. Funky aromas and flavors of roasted agave, root beer, dulce de leche yogurt, fruit cake, and hay with a supple, soft, dry light body and a seamless, interesting, short finish with light oak flavor. A wild, distinctive Chardonnay for the adventurous.
Quail Oak NV  Chardonnay
82 points
$8
Pale straw color. Aromas of fresh cotton, vanilla cream, and hints of grapefruit with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a seamless, brisk sweet apple turnover finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A crisp and easy-going wine that refreshes.
Tailor Made 2018 Creamy Chardonnay
82 points
$15
Golden straw color. Sweet aromas and flavors of vanilla taffy, marzipan, and yogurt covered raisins and ntus with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, fast finish with notes of Jordan almonds with moderate oak flavor. An almost off-dry Chardonnay quaffer with big vanilla notes.
Heart of Gold 2017  Chardonnay
81 points
$19
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla pound cake, lemon curd, and almond cookies with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, breezy finish that shows shades of pineapple pastry and whipped sweet cream with heavy oak flavor. A sweeter Chardonnay style to accompany spicier foods.
Williamsburg Winery 2019 Stainless Steel Fermented Chardonnay
81 points
$19
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of dried apples, pears, toffee, lager beer, and mango lassi with a supple, soft, petillant, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A soft-natured Chardonnay that tickles the palate.
Paradise Ridge 2018  Chardonnay
81 points
$30
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of diced pear, cannabis, key lime, and green onion with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy finish with suggestions of coriander seed with no oak flavor. A gentle, pair-with-anything Chardonnay.
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