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96 • Ledson 2012 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley $36.
Golden yellow color. Aromas of butter roasted nuts, coconut, and vanilla buttercream with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, and spicy apple pie and Meyer lemon sorbet finish. A delicious, rich, and appetizing chardonnay for all occasions that is a superb marriage of fruit and oak. (tasted on Mar-03-2014)
95 • Mooney Family 2012 Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands $44.
Bright golden yellow color. Bold aromas of mango chutney, spiced apple, nougat, and pineapple-coconut custard pie with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, juicy, and tangy citrus and cream accented finish. A fantastically fruity, delicious,and vibrant chardonnay. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
94 • Woodbury 2012 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, New York State $24.
Pale golden color. Aromas of lemon curd, toasty apple tart, and honeycomb with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy caramelized pineapple accented finish. Great purity, precision, and varietal character. (tasted on Mar-03-2014)
94 • Blakeslee Vineyards 2011 Beacon Hill, Chardonnay, Yamhill-Carlton $36.
Golden straw color. Bright aromas and flavors of green apples, honey, and vanilla cream with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp Meyer lemon and mineral accented finish with great acidity and structure for the table, especially seafood. Drinks like a great Chablis from a warmer vintage. (tasted on Mar-14-2014)
93 • Calcareous Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Paso Robles $32.
Bright golden yellow color. Rich aromas and flavors of pineapple upside down cake, hazelnut nougat, and spiced apples with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long tangy citrus, toasty meringue accented finish. A lush, flavorful chardonnay with excellent balance and vibrancy. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
93 • Williamsburg Winery 2011 "Act 12 of Sixteen Nineteen", Chardonnay, Virginia $18. Best Buy.
Bright golden color. Aromas of spicy apple-pear tart and creme brulee with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a round, vibrant tropical fruit punch and citrus finish. A very appetizing and refreshing chardonnay for sipping or the table. (tasted on Jan-13-2014)
93 • Esser Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Monterey $12.99. Best Buy.
Mellow aromas of toasted nuts, meringue, and dried pineapple with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a toasty oak and mouthwatering lemon-guava-passionfruit sorbet accented finish. Excellent vibrancy and balance of fruit and oak. (tasted on Mar-10-2014)
93 • Ledson 2012 Chardonnay, Carneros $38.
Golden color. Aromas of nougat, vanilla buttercream, and dried tropical citrus with a fruity medium body and a long, tangy apple, pineapple, mango. and praline finish. Superbly tasty and versatile. (tasted on Feb-24-2014)
93 • Jarvis 2012 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, Unfiltered, Finch Hollow Vineyard, Chardonnay, Napa Valley $130.
Golden silver color with a minute haze. Aromas of roasted coconut, praline, grilled apples, and buttercream with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, toasty oak, vanilla cream, and spice finish. A very nice and smooth oaky chardonnay for sipping or the table with rich poultry dishes. (tasted on Mar-03-2014)
93 • Mackinaw Trail Winery 2013 Chardonnay-Pinot Gris, Michigan $14. Best Buy.
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of grilled lemon, baked peach, and geranium with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tart, zesty lime, clementine, green apple, and mineral finish. Superb Burgundian style, purity, and balance for sipping or the table. (tasted on May-14-2014)
93 • Villa 46 2013 Chardonnay, Paso Robles $18. Best Buy.
Gold color. Bright aromas and flavors of tropical fruit medley and toasted Hawaiian bread with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of honeyed kiwi and delicate spice with crunchy tannins and light oak. A super sippable chardonnay. (tasted on Sep-29-2014)
93 • Ledson 2012 Reserve, Chardonnay, Carneros $48.
Golden yellow color. Rich aromas and flavors of vanilla, nougat, apple pie, and pineapple marmalade with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a intriguing, medium-length finish with overtones of kiwi, honey, delicate spices, and nuts with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A rich, flavor packed chardonnay with nice balance and length. (tasted on Sep-29-2014)
92 • Tobias 2012 Chardonnay, Potter Valley $20. Best Buy.
Pale gold with a silvery cast. Aromas of apple on the tree and vanilla yogurt coated nuts with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless pear and earth nuanced finish. Great understated balance and pure, supple flavors. Quite enticing. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
92 • Artesa 2012 Chardonnay, Carneros $20. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Aromas of vanilla custard, spiced apple, and pineapple with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy sweet citrus, praline, and creme Anglaise accented finish. A solid sophisticated chardonnay that artfully balances fruit and oak. (tasted on Dec-16-2013)
92 • Chateau Burgozone 2012 Chardonnay, Danube Plain $15. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Toasty aromas of roasted lemon, guava, and passionfruit pastry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy delicately smoky, nougat, pineapple creme brulee, and spiced apple accented finish. Nice purity, balance, and vibrancy of flavor; this could easily pass for a much more expensive chardonnay or white Burgundy. (tasted on Jan-16-2014)
92 • Jarvis 2012 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, Finch Hollow Vineyard, Chardonnay, Napa Valley $115.
Golden color. Bold oaky aromas of toasted hazelnut brittle, vanilla cream and roasted pineapple with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, spiced apple, nougat, and meringue finish. A delicious wood accented chardonnay that screams Napa. Pair with plank roasted fish. (tasted on Jan-27-2014)
92 • Chatom 2012 Chardonnay, Calaveras County $18. Best Buy.
Toasty aromas of pineapple and coconut creme pies with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a generous and juicy spiced apple, vanilla, and nut finish. Well structured and very flavorful. (tasted on Mar-10-2014)
92 • Grgich Hills 2011 Estate, Chardonnay, Napa Valley $42.
Golden color. Oak forward aromas of roasted nuts, grilled coconut, balloon, and beeswax with a dryish medium body and tangy honeyed lemon, green apple, and melon accented finish. Great acidity and structure with a deft touch of oak for sipping or the table. (tasted on Mar-03-2014)
92 • Grande River Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Grand Valley $15.99. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted coconut and pineapple cake with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of kiwi, apple tart, and lime curd with medium tannins and moderate oak. A robust, seamless chardonnay that drinks like it's much more expensive that it is. (tasted on Aug-25-2014)
92 • Daniel Gehrs 2012 Oak Free, Chardonnay, Central Coast $20. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Golden yellow color. Mellow aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon, dill, and waxy honeycomb with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, delightful, breezy finish with shades of green apple and grassy earth with fruit tannins and no oak. A stylish and nuanced chardonnay with a nod to the Old World. (tasted on Aug-22-2014)