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.
Awards: 2021 Best Chardonnay
Wakefield 2022 Promised Land Chardonnay
95 points
$13
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of fresh yellow and green apple slices on a warm baguette with brie, golden delicious apple, and marigold with a round, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length finish with notes of jasmine and baby’s breath, yellow apple and honey dew, and lemon oil with a suggestion of oak flavor. A New World under study well-suited to fill in for Village level white Bourgogne.
Awards: '2022 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Australian Chardonnay
95 points $13 Best Buy
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.
Mer et Soleil 2019  Chardonnay
94 points
$20.95
Bright gold color. Aromas of yellow pear, new leather, and buttered biscuit with a round, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, distinctive, long caramel dipped green apple, kernel, and cinnamon finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. Complexity abounds in this satisfying and long finishing Chardonnay.
94 points $20.95
Château Montelena 2018  Chardonnay
94 points
$44.95
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple upside down cake, vanilla, and lemon with a supple, lively, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that presents accents of cornbread muffins, golden apple, vanilla, and baked pear with well-integrated, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A Chardonnay that delivers on freshness and richness
94 points $44.95
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.
Wakefield 2021 Estate Chardonnay
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of yellow apple, honey and butter on a warm biscuit, candied lemon and honeysuckle, and tiger lilies with a satiny, bright, dry medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length finish with shades of creme fraiche, yellow apple and tart pear, and roasted lemon with a suggestion of oak flavor. A voluptuous, sumptuous New World Chardonnay fruit that shed most of that New World oak.
Awards: '2022 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $20 and Under'
93 points $18 Best Buy