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USA: U.S. Chardonnay

What About US Chardonnay?
In the last decade or so Chardonnay has become the most popular white wine in the U.S. This has led to massive plantings of the varietal, and there are now better than a thousand different bottlings produced every vintage. From Massachusetts to Arizona, and most everywhere in between, Chardonnay has taken root. U.S. Chardonnay, depending on where it’s from, ranges from light-bodied, delicate, and crisp to full-bodied, rich, and oaky. Bottlings from cooler appellations such as Oregon, Washington, New York, and Monterey in California will tend to have brighter acidity and lighter flavors. Those from most of the rest of California (including the glamour appellations of Napa and Sonoma) and other warmer climates tend to richer flavors and heartier styles. Whatever your white wine preference, there is probably a style of Chardonnay made in the U.S. to suit it!

Premier Producers
Arrowood (Cuvée Michel Berthoud)
Au Bon Climat (Various Bottlings)
Beringer (Private Reserve & Sbragia)
Chateau Potelle (VGS)
Chateau Ste. Michelle (Reserve & Vineyard designated bottlings)
Columbia Winery (Wyckoff & Otis Vineyards)
Gary Farrell
Ferrari-Carano (Alexander Valley, Reserve, and Tre Terre)
Fisher (Whitney’s Vineyard)
Foley
Franciscan (Cuvée Sauvage)
Gallo-Sonoma (Estate)
Guenoc (Genevieve Magoon)
Hanzell
Jarvis
Kistler
Lewis Cellars
Long
Marcassin
Matanzas Creek
Mer et Soleil
Peter Michael
Robert Mondavi (Reserve)
Mount Eden Vineyards
Newton
Patz & Hall
Joseph Phelps (Ovation)
Qupé
Ridge
Rombauer
San Saba Vineyard
Shafer (Red Shoulder Ranch)
Signorello (Founder’s Reserve & Hope’s Cuvée)
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (Reserve & Beckstoffer)
Storrs
Talbott


Great Producers
Adelaida
Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards
Apex
Arrowood (Sonoma County)
Beaucanon
Bernardus
Beringer
David Bruce (Estate Reserve)
Byington
Byron (Reserve)
Calera
Cambria
Chalk Hill
Chalone Vineyard
Chateau Montelena
Chateau Potelle
Chateau St. Jean (Robert Young, Belle Terre, and Durell)
Chateau Ste. Michelle
Cinnabar
Columbia Winery
Cooper Mountain
Crichton Hall
Cronin
Curtis
Cuvaison
Dehlinger
De Loach (OFS)
Domain Hill & Mayes
Edmeades
El Molino
Eola Hills
Far Niente
Fisher (Coach Insignia)
Thomas Fogarty (Estate Reserve)
Franciscan (Napa Valley)
Gainey
Gallo-Sonoma (Stefani and Laguna Ranch)
Grgich Hills
Gristina (Andy’s Field)
Hartford Court
Hess
Jory (Lion Oaks Ranch)
Kendall-Jackson
Kestrel
La Crema
Landmark
Laurier
L’Ecole No. 41
J. Lohr
Peter McCoy
Martinelli
Merryvale
Robert Mondavi (Carneros, Napa Valley)
Morgan
Oakville Ranch
Paraiso Springs
Fess Parker
Peju Province
Joseph Phelps
Plam
Ramey
Qupe
Rochioli
Rosenblum
St. Francis (Reserve)
Sanford
Santa Barbara Winery
Signorello (Napa Valley)
Silverado
Simi (Reserve)
Sonoma-Cutrer
Sonoma-Loeb
St. Clement
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
Steele
Swanson
Mark West
Wild Horse
Wildhurst
Woodward Canyon


Dependable Producers
Anapamu
Babcock
Barnard Griffin
Benziger
Burgess
Byron
Camelot
Canoe Ridge Vineyard
Carmenet
Chappellet
Chateau Morrisette
Chateau Woltner
Clos La Chance
Clos Pegase
Cobblestone
Cristom
Dry Creek Vineyard (Reserve)
Elkhorn Peak
Gloria Ferrer
Flora Springs
Forest Glen
Foxen
Guenoc
Harrison
Horton
Joullian
Kalin
Robert Keenan
Lakewood
Lambert Bridge
Macari
MacRostie
McCrea
McIlroy
Meridian
Monticello
Murphy-Goode
Neyers
Nichols
Niebaum-Coppola
Fess Parker
Pezzi King
Piedmont
Pine Ridge
Rancho Zabaco
Martin Ray (Mariage)
Stephen Ross
Saintsbury
Schug
Sterling
Talley
Testarossa
Marimar Torres
Treleaven
Truchard
Venezia
Villa Mt. Eden
Waterbrook
Willamette Valley Vineyards
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