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92 • Knapp 2011 Barrel Reserve, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes $13.95. Best Buy.
Aromas and flavors of roasted apple, coconut flakes, and hazelnuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a soft, melon and lemon accented finish. A nice elegant Mersault-like chardonnay for sipping or the table; pair with coconut shrimp. (tasted on Jan-14-2013)
91 • Shenandoah 2011 Founder's Reserve, Chardonnay, Shenandoah Valley $19.95.
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed, roasted pineapple, praline, and caramel apple with a silky fruity medium-to-full body a ripe, juicy well balanced finish. A delicious and elegant chardonnay for all applications. (tasted on Jan-11-2013)
89 • Biltmore Estate 2011 Reserve, Chardonnay, North Carolina $14.99. Best Buy.
Golden silver color. Aromas of roasted nut, caramel apple and pineapple cake with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a lightly smoky grilled citrus finish. (tasted on Jan-11-2013)
89 • Auburn Road 2011 "The White Bottle", Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain $17.99.
Attractive aromas of apple custard pie, coconut and pineapple cake with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lemon curd and roasted nut nuanced finish. A nice oaky chardonnay with fun tropical notes. (tasted on Jan-14-2013)
88 • Dr. Konstantin Frank 2010 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes $14.99. Best Buy. Sustainable Agriculture
Aromas waxy apple, nut brittle, and pineapple cake with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy orange, mint and spice accented finish. Nice balance and style. (tasted on Jan-14-2013)
87 • Whitewater Hill Vineyards 2011 "No Oak", Chardonnay, Grand Valley $14. Best Buy.
Golden yellow. Vanilla pudding, pineapple cake, and delicate baking spices with silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart lemon and dusty green apple skin accented finish. A nice crisp chardonnay for seafood. (tasted on Jan-03-2013)
84 • Cape May 2011 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, New Jersey.
Macaroon, grassy earth and praline aromas with a dry, tart light-to-medium body and an apple core and lemon tart accented finish. A dry table wine. (tasted on Jan-14-2013)
83 • Heron Hill Winery 2011 "Classic Series", Unoaked, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes $13.99.
Smoky aromas of grilled apple, lemons and pineapples and moss with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and crisp green apple skin and earth finish. A dry chardonnay for shellfish. (tasted on Jan-14-2013)
81 • Pleasant View 2010 Chardonnay, Colorado $28. Organically Grown Grapes|Find-a-Wine|
Deep brassy gold color. Aromas of raisin cake, coconut vanilla custard and fruit chutney have a mature, oxidized quality with a flat, dry light-to-medium body and a dilute, very tart lemon, apple water bobbing water and nutshell finish. (tasted on Jan-03-2013)