About Chardonnay White Wine

About Chardonnay White Wine
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

Top Picks for Chardonnay

Jarvis 2019 Finch Hollow Chardonnay
96 points
$150
Golden straw color. Toasty, woody aromas and flavors of cedar, roasted nuts, grilled pineapple, and dark caramel and vanilla bean with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, medium-long finish that presents overtones of spiced apples and nuts and cedar plank with moderate oak flavor. A wood-driven, luxurious Chardonnay sipper that comes alive with aeration; decant or cellar.
Jarvis 2019 Unfiltered Finch Hollow Chardonnay
95 points
$165
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of butter-sauteed bananas, cedar, fresh herb melange, delicately spiced apples, and praline with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of cream-topped crepes with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A silky, dreamy Napa Chardonnay with great ageability; seriously structured, expertly vinted and highest quality.
Lloyd Cellars 2019  Chardonnay
94 points
$40
Golden yellow color. Attractive, creamy aromas and flavors of vanilla buttercream on white cake, pineapple tart, caramel apple with nuts, and key lime pie with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, layered, very long finish with touches of spicy apple-peach relish, creme anglaise, and praline with fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A wonderfully rich, creamy and comforting Chardonnay to cozy up with.
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2018 Bernau Block Chardonnay
94 points
$45
Pale straw green color. Aromas and flavors of pear blossom, honey, heirloom apples, pickled apricot, spiced whipped cream, and almond croissant with a satiny, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, distinctive, long finish that shows accents of lime zest, pineapple relish, and jicama with light oak flavor. A vivacious, summer-ready Chardonnay with balance, zip, and complexity.
Jarvis 2019 Estate Chardonnay
94 points
$85
Yellow straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple chutney, tamarind, coconut cream, and chess pie with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, complex, long finish with accents of croissant with marmalade, hints of kiwi relish, and caramel with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. A deliciously concentrated and vibrant Chardonnay that delivers.
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.
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.
Adastra 2017  Chardonnay
94 points
$39
Bright gold color. Aromas of cinnamon-dusted toasted croissant, pineapple, mango, peach pie, and flint with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, long silky creme brulee, rum sauce, and hazelnut cream finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and heavy oak flavor. An oak-laden Chardonnay with silky texture and delectable fruit.
Kumeu River Vineyard 2017 Estate Chardonnay
94 points
$35
Golden straw color. Aromas of pineapple, roasted peach, vanilla gelato, freshly grated nutmeg, and suede with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long lemon chiffon and artisan toffee finish with well-integrated, soft, fruit tannins and light oak flavor. An elegant, creamy Chardonnay with seamless complexity and style.