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April 2016 - US Chardonnay

April 2016 - US Chardonnay
This month's Wine feature is US Chardonnay Wines

US Chardonnay Reviews

Jarvis 2014 Finch Hollow Chardonnay
96 points
$115
Bright medium bright gold color. Lively, roasted aromas and flavors of nuts, grilled apples and citrus, mocha, and minerals with a soft, lively, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish evoking notes of lemon and pineapple gelato, white chocolate mint, spice cake, and cedar with chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A superbly flavorful chardonnay with big, brilliantly integrated oak.
GiaDomella 2014 Joans Reserve Chardonnay
95 points
$30
Bright medium light gold color. Bright, interesting aromas and flavors of exotic tropical citrus, vanilla yogurt nuts and raisins, and meringue with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-long finish displaying shades of spiced praline and ripe pineapple and coconut with fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. An intricate and appealing chardonnay that is well crafted.
San Simeon 2014  Chardonnay
94 points
$20
Best Buy
Bright brilliant golden yellow color. Lively, fruity, buttery aromas and flavors of apple pie, citrus buttercream on cake, and nut brittle with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish with suggestions of coconut cream, vanilla-lime custard, and delicate baking spices with silky, fruit tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lovely creamy chardonnay with lots of tropical fruit flavors and bright acidity to support them.
94 points $20 Best Buy
Grgich Hills 2013 Estate Grown Chardonnay
94 points
$43
Bright light gold color. Bright, waxy, smoky spicy aromas and flavors of candle wax, grilled citrus, pickled fruits, and rice pudding with a soft, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with overtones of kiwi and lemon sorbet, spiced nuts, and honeyed herbs with fine, crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A toasty, vibrantly delicious chardonnay for all occasions.
Jarvis 2014 Estate Grown Cave Fermented Chardonnay
94 points
$68
Bright medium golden yellow color. Rich, toasty, attractive aromas and flavors of white chocolate covered graham crackers, mocha latte, and pineapple cake with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-length finish with nuances of spiced apples and nuts, lemon chiffon, and minerals with fine, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A wonderful example of a well-oaked Napa chardonnay.
Peirano 2014 Heritage Collection Chardonnay
93 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Bright golden straw color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of nuts, grilled pineapple and coconut, and caramel with an even, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length finish displaying elements of honeyed citrus and apples, dark toast, and cedar with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A solid well oaked chardonnay sipper.
93 points $10.99 Best Buy
Caricature 2014  Chardonnay
93 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright medium golden yellow color. Bright, minty aromas and flavors of white chocolate mint cookie, exotic tropical fruit, and lime and curry leaves with a glycerous, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length finish displaying notes of eucalyptus honey on apples, Asian spices, and caramel cream with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A wonderfully spicy and tropical chardonnay pleaser.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Maddalena 2013  Chardonnay
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Bright light gold color. Delicate, attractive, creamy baked aromas and flavors of apple custard pie and pineapple cake, creme brulee, and spiced nuts with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, long finish that presents notes of dried peach and mango, lemon cream pie, and peppered nuts with moderate oak flavor. A rich and fruity chardonnay with a snappy hint of pepper on the finish.
93 points $15 Best Buy
McIlroy 2014 Aquarius Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay
93 points
$32
Bright medium light gold color. Bright, tropical, toasty aromas and flavors of coconut, white toffee, and apple pie crust with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length finish with suggestions of creamy vanilla and dried pineapple with fine, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A tasty well-oaked chardonnay with fine balance.
Dutton Estate 2014 Dutton Palms Chardonnay
93 points
$44
Bright medium light gold color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted vanilla nougat, grilled citrus and apples, and toasty spices with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish evoking accents of green apple and pineapple, vanilla nuts, and earth with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very nice oak accented chardonnay.
Dutton Estate 2014 Warrens Collection Chardonnay
93 points
$45
Bright medium golden yellow color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of tropical citrus cornucopia, melon, papaya yogurt, and cedar mulch with a glycerous, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length finish that shows accents of starfruit and yellow apple and delicate brown spices with fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious, balanced and engaging chardonnay that is sure to please.
Folie à Deux 2014 Unoaked Limited Release Chardonnay
92 points
$18
Best Buy
Bright medium light gold color. Lively, tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple-papaya relish, caramelized spiced apples, and melon cream with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish with notes of Meyer lemon sorbet, yellow apple, and spiced nuts with fine tannins and light oak flavor. A fresh lively chardonnay with juicy fruit.
92 points $18 Best Buy
Napa Cellars 2014  Chardonnay
92 points
$22
Bright medium light gold color. Bright, toasty, floral aromas and flavors of lemon curd on toast, pineapple tart, white toffee, and fancy soap with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, cheery finish with suggestions of mango-lime relish, spicy nougat, cream, and mint with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A crisp, refreshing chardonnay sipper.
Artesa 2014  Chardonnay
92 points
$23
Bright medium gold color. Bright, fruity, fresh oaky aromas of green apples - pineapple, shellac - varnish, underbrush - garrigue, and lemon pith with a lively, dryish full body and a peppery, intricate, medium-length finish with chewy tannins and light oak flavor.
Cape May 2014 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
92 points
$24
Light gold color. Tropical aromas and flavors of caramelized pineapple and spicy apple cider with a vibrant, petillant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish evoking notes of coconut milk, ripe papaya, roasted banana, and sweet and peppery spices with silky, fruit tannins. A rich, rather opulent barrel fermented chardonnay that makes a fine sipper.
Windstream 2013 Sarmento Vineyard Chardonnay
92 points
$25
Golden yellow color. Bright, tropical, toasty aromas and flavors of ripe papaya and guanabana, moroccan orange spice cake, praline, and pickled melon with a satiny, tangy, fruity full body and a smooth, complex, long finish that presents notes of coconut cream, pineapple-lime relish, and vanilla with moderate oak flavor. A deliciously rich and vibrant well oaked chardonnay.
Westport 2014 "Shorebird" Chardonnay
92 points
$26
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Lively, fresh aromas and flavors of tropical fruit salad, vanilla frozen yogurt, and lemon herb muffin with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a silky, elegant, medium-long finish that shows accents of tangerine, coconut milk, and caramel apple. A vibrant, zesty chardonnay with ripe tropical fruit and acidity tuned for the table.
Byington 2014 Wrights Station Vineyard Chardonnay
92 points
$30
Light gold color. Toasty, oaky earthy aromas and flavors of praline, white chocolate, and apple pie with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long finish with impressions of lemon curd, nuts, and spice with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A silky, fruit-driven chardonnay with nice lemony acidity.
Dutton Estate 2013 Kyndalls Reserve Chardonnay
92 points
$39
Bright medium golden yellow color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of tropical fruit cocktail, spiced apples, and coconut cream with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, cheery finish with nuances of kiwi, spiced nuts, and minerals with fine tannins and light oak flavor. A vibrant and nicely layered chardonnay.
Ledson 2014  Chardonnay
92 points
$40
Brilliant golden straw color. Delicate, fresh aromas and flavors of spiced pineapples, almond cookie, and vanilla sugar with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, charming, medium-length finish with touches of kiwi-lime relish and vanilla yogurt nuts with no oak flavor. A wonderfully zesty and vibrantly fruity chardonnay that will be great with seafood.
The Divining Rod 2014  Chardonnay
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Delicate, citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon-papaya sorbet, overripe pineapple, spiced melon, and herbal incense with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of lemon spritzed pear, nuts, cream, and minerals with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice tangy chardonnay.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
City Winery 2014 Scopus Vineyards Chardonnay
91 points
$28
Bright brilliant medium yellow straw color. Delicate, tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple cake and apple butter on biscuit with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish with impressions of lemon-lime curd and roasted nuts with fine tannins and no oak flavor. An attractive, nice and tangy chardonnay.
Midnight 2014 Estate Chardonnay
91 points
$29
Bright medium old gold color. Bright, fruity, inviting tropical toasty aromas of dried tropical fruit mango, lemon cream, canvas, and gravel with a lively, dryish full body and a smooth, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor.
Corner 103 2014  Chardonnay
91 points
$40
Bright medium gold color. Bright, roasted, umami aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and grilled citrus with an even, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, layered, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of spiced apples, kiwis and mangos and nuts with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice tropical chardonnay with zesty fruit.
Tin Cross 2014 Reserve Chardonnay
91 points
$40
Bright medium old gold color. Bright, fresh, fruity yeasty minerally aromas of yellow apples, roasted pineapples, butter cream, and planked cedar with a creamy, soft, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, complex, long finish with soft tannins and light oak flavor. A very tasty and balanced Chardonnay.
Bordeleau NV Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
90 points
Yellow straw color. Lively, toasty, tropical aromas and flavors of coconut cream pie, apple chutney, spiced nuts, and pickled melon with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, captivating, medium-length finish displaying notes of citrus custard and delicate herbs with silky, fruit tannins. A delicious and nicely balanced chardonnay.
The California Winery 2013  Chardonnay
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Lively, citrusy, creamy aromas and flavors of lemon meringue pie, spicy praline, and dried pineapple and coconut with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, stimulating, medium-length finish displaying accents of vanilla custard, spiced apples, citrus, and melon. A smooth, supple, and nicely composed chardonnay.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Forest Glen 2014  Chardonnay
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Delicate, toasty, creamy aromas and flavors of apple pie and grilled pineapple with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, intriguing, medium-long finish with notes of vanilla cream and nut brittle. A juicy, fruity, well made chardonnay that is sure to please.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Diversion 2014  Chardonnay
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Bright, smoky aromas of grilled apples, incense, pickled melon, and apple wood smoke with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, cheery clementine, yellow apple, lychee, and cream finish with fine, fruit tannins. A purely flavored, very well balanced chardonnay that will be very versatile.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Alba 2014 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
90 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Bright light medium gold color. Mild, fruity, toasty aromas of spicy stone fruits - apricots, meyer lemon, planked cedar, and gravel with a crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, charming, normal finish with firm tannins.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Ivory & Burt 2013  Chardonnay
90 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Bright medium golden straw color. Lively, creamy, toasty fruity aromas and flavors of vanilla buttercream, sandalwood incense, and caramelized apples with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, layered, medium-length finish with touches of honey roasted lemon, spiced nuts, and creme brulee with chewy, soft tannins and moderate oak flavor. A charming and very attractive chardonnay with ample fruit and buttery, creamy oak.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Complicated 2014  Chardonnay
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Bright medium golden yellow color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of baked tropical fruits, waxy honeycomb, and sour cream frosting with a soft, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, breezy finish with nuances of honeycrisp apple and lime gelato with chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A very tasty and tangy chardonnay for sipping or the table.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Domaine Napa 2014  Chardonnay
90 points
$27.99
Bright yellow straw color. Bright, attractive, oaky aromas and flavors of pickled tropical fruits, cream puff, white chocolate mint, and nut flour and blonde tobacco with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long finish that shows accents of lemon cream pie and apple chutney with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nicely spicy, layered and balanced chardonnay with bright acidity for the table.
90 points $27.99
Peace Water 2014 "Soulful" Chardonnay
90 points
$28
Bright medium golden straw color. Bright, toasty, tropical aromas and flavors of roasted coconut, meringue, and white toffee with a soft, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, involved, medium-length finish with elements of apple pie a la mode, spiced pineapples, nutskins, and pepper with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, spicy chardonnay with solid core of fruit.
Manzoni Estate 2014 North Highlands Cuvée Chardonnay
90 points
$30
Golden yellow color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of praline and apple and peach pies with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish that presents notes of lemon curd, dried peach in cream, and spiced nuts with silky, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A round, well balanced chardonnay.
Montpellier 2014  Chardonnay
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla nut brittle, apple tart, and pineapple cake with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish revealing nuances of vanilla custard with fruit tannins. A smooth silky chardonnay with nice fruit and effortless drinkability.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Bogle 2014  Chardonnay
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Waxy, toasty aromas and flavors of white toffee, vanilla candle, and dried pineapple with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, brisk finish displaying notes of lemon cream, nuts, and oak with light oak flavor. A tangy, tasty chardonnay.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Sand Point 2014 Family Vineyards Chardonnay
89 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Brilliant golden straw color. Delicate, roasted aromas and flavors of toasted cedar planks, incense, dark grilled pineapple, and palm leaves with an even, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish evoking notes of baked kiwi and apple, nutskins, and spice with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice and tidy spicy chardonnay.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Byington 2014 Tin Cross Vineyard Chardonnay
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Bright light gold color. Fruity, sweaty aromas of yellow apples, toasted yeast, sweat, and gravel - star anise with a satiny, bright, dryish full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Napa Ridge 2014  Chardonnay
89 points
$19.99
Brilliant golden straw color. Bright, spicy, earthy aromas and flavors of spiced nuts and fall fruits, mossy earth, praline, and tropical flowering trees with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-length finish with shades of vanilla caramel bon bon, Asian spiced coconut and papaya, and lime gelato with moderate oak flavor. A zesty, nicely spicy chardonnay.
89 points $19.99
Reaper 2014  Chardonnay
89 points
$24.99
Bright medium golden yellow color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of praline, caramelized pineapple, and apple butter on toast with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, layered, medium-length finish with overtones of lemon spritzed apple and praline with silky, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A nice juicy chardonnay with ample fruit.
89 points $24.99
Handley 2014 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay
89 points
$25
Bright light medium light gold color. Bright, fruity, citrusy clean toasty aromas of lemoncello, yellow apples, nectarines, and dried canvas with a soft, dryish full body and a graceful, complex, breezy finish with soft tannins.
Jarvis 2014 Unfiltered Finch Hollow Chardonnay
89 points
$130
Minutely hazy bright gold color. Bright, waxy aromas and flavors of dried tropical fruits, raisin toast, and vanilla yogurt with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish evoking touches of spiced pineapples and nuts, cedar, and minerals with moderate oak flavor. A rich and elusive chardonnay for the table.
Carmenet 2014  Chardonnay
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Roasted aromas and flavors of nuts and spiced pineapple with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with notes of vanilla nuts and coconut cream with silky, fruit tannins. A tasty, toasty, nice oaked chardonnay
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
SeaGlass 2014 Unoaked Chardonnay
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Curious aromas and flavors of pineapple husk, schmaltz, and peanut with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy finish conveying notes of clementine, lime curd, and green apple with crunchy, fine tannins and no oak flavor. A nice zesty chardonnay that will pair nicely.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Hillside Winery 2013 Unoaked Chardonnay
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Bright, yeasty, umami aromas and flavors of marinated mushrooms, overripe papaya and lime, and soda bread with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish that shows notes of vanilla yogurt, wintergreen, soy nuts, and grass with light oak flavor. An interesting combination of creaminess, umami and herbs.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Heron Hill Winery 2014 Classic Unoaked Chardonnay
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Bright pale golden yellow color. Bright, fruity, minerally aromas of apple skin, gravel, milled lemon soap, lime, and minerality with a supple, crisp, dryish full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with firm, fruit tannins. A very racy, Chablis-like chardonnay.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Esser Vineyards 2014  Chardonnay
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright brilliant light gold color. Bright, baked aromas and flavors of stewed apples and pineapples, dark roasted nuts, pickling spices, and lychee with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length finish that presents notes of kiwi custard tart and citrus gelato. A nice fruity chardonnay that is sure to please.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Windrun 2013  Chardonnay
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Bright light medium old gold color. Bright, fruity, funky citrusy aromas of ripe pineapple, meyer lemon, dried canvas, and turned earth with an tangy, dryish full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Peace Water 2014 "Radiant" Chardonnay
88 points
$28
Bright medium golden straw color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of caramelized pineapple, mango-papaya custard, and sautéed pineapple with a soft, lively, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of honeyed spiced apples, praline, and cedar with grippy tannins and moderate oak flavor. Delicious and well balanced marriage of fruit and oak.
Working Dog Winery 2014 Black Feather Vineyard Chardonnay
88 points
$34.99
Yellow straw color. Creamy, tropical aromas and flavors of creme brulee, coconut cream pie, and pineapple cake with a silky, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, charming, medium-length finish that shows touches of green apple and delicate pickling spice and herbs with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and light oak flavor. A nice zesty chardonnay with a pleasant creaminess.
88 points $34.99
Tulocay 2014 Haynes Vineyard Chardonnay
88 points
$35
Bright brilliant light gold color. Mild, spicy, oaky aromas and flavors of banana and pineapple cakes, spicy nut brittle, and vanilla mint cookie with a velvety, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of honey baked apple, lemon sorbet, and pepper dust with fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A pleasant, well oaked chardonnay.
Ledson 2014  Chardonnay
88 points
$40
Minutely hazy golden straw color. Mild, buttery, roasted aromas and flavors of brown butter, roasted nuts, grilled apples, and lemon wax with an even, tangy, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, compelling, relaxed finish with notes of lemon and pineapple sorbets, apple cider, spiced nuts, and minerals with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very tangy, scintillating chardonnay.
J.W. Morris 2014  Chardonnay
87 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of kiwi and vanilla nuts with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant finish that exhibits notes of spiced apples and pears, nuts, and lemon curd with light oak flavor. A solid chardonnay sipper.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Coastal Ridge 2014  Chardonnay
87 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Mild aromas and flavors of apple pie crust and lemon yogurt with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of spiced pineapple, kiwi, and nuts with fine, fruit tannins. A clean, well balanced and refreshing chardonnay.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Black Willow Winery 2014  Chardonnay
87 points
$14.95
Best Buy
Bright light medium light gold color. Bright, fruity, sweaty savory aromas of dried fruits - apricots, lemon saltwater taffy, gravel, and tree bark with a supple, lively, dryish full body and a warming, nuanced, breezy finish with barky tannins.
87 points $14.95 Best Buy
Replica 2014  Chardonnay
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Bright, exotic aromas and flavors of guanabana, tamarind, and lychee with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish revealing impressions of spiced kumquats and kiwi, vanilla yogurt nuts, melon rind, and sandalwood with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and moderate oak flavor. An interesting and rather exotic chardonnay sipper.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Green Truck 2014  Chardonnay
87 points
$15.99
Pale golden straw color. Bright, baked aromas of apple and peach, cashew and sesame butter, and spiced melon with an even, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, breezy honeyed citrus and nuts finish with soft tannins and no oak flavor. A nice off-dry Chardonnay quaffer.
87 points $15.99
Castoro Cellars 2014 Estate Chardonnay
87 points
$16
Bright medium bright gold color. Bright, fresh, fruity aromas of lemon aide, green apple, gravel, and pressed linen with an crisp, dryish full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish with cottony, fruit tannins.
Pedroncelli 2014 Signature Selection Chardonnay
87 points
$16
Bright medium bright gold color. Bright, sweaty, curious aromas and flavors of cheese rind, leather, and indian spiced fruits with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, relaxed finish displaying notes of pineapple sorbet, cashew brittle, and coconut milk with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A tasty chardonnay with a nice touch of oak.
Elk Run 2015 Cold Friday Vineyard Chardonnay
87 points
$16.57
Golden straw color. Delicate, earthy, umami aromas and flavors of vanilla yogurt, fallen apples, and dried leaves with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, buoyant finish imparting accents of papaya, green pineapple, and mulch with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins. A savory, earthy chardonnay for the table.
87 points $16.57
Santa Barbara Crossing 2014  Chardonnay
87 points
$17.99
Bright medium light gold color. Bright, fruity aromas of tropical fruits, pineapple saltwater taffy, bread crust, and vanilla tinged oak with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, complex, easy finish with woody tannins and light oak flavor.
87 points $17.99
Joel Gott 2014 Unoaked Chardonnay
87 points
$18
Pale golden straw color. Delicate, creamy aromas and flavors of toasted meringue, apple pie crust, and pineapple salsa with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy finish with notes of lemon curd, cedar, and pickling spices with dusty, woody tannins. A crisp and refreshing chardonnay.
Cadman 2014 Haynes Vineyard Chardonnay
87 points
$32
Bright brilliant golden yellow color. Mild, buttery, attractive aromas and flavors of vanilla buttercream, cinnamon raisin nut toast, apple butter, and lemon custard with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish evoking accents of spiced citrus, praline, and pink pepper with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A nice mellow, lightly oaked chardonnay.
Coastal Vines 2014  Chardonnay
86 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Bright emerald straw color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of dried banana, vanilla cream, and apple butter with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish conveying impressions of tropical fruit custard. A pleasant, fruity, easy drinking chardonnay.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Trinity Oaks 2014  Chardonnay
86 points
$9
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of coconut and banana cream pie with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, breezy finish revealing notes of yellow apple, kiwi, and spiced nuts with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and light oak flavor. A pleasant, easy drinking chardonnay with nice balance.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Bears’ Lair 2013  Chardonnay
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Delicate, tropical aromas and flavors of exotic tropical citrus, lemon meringue, and vanilla mint cookie with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, carefree finish with shades of alpine herbs, pickled melon, nuts, and cream with fine, crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A nice spicy chardonnay sipper.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Fat Cat 2014  Chardonnay
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of apple sauce and pound cake with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, breezy finish displaying shades of vanilla custard, clementine, and spice. A light refreshing chardonnay with nice fruit.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Cannonball 2014  Chardonnay
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Delicate, woody aromas and flavors of lumber, peppered pineapple relish, and waxy honeycomb with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, relaxed finish displaying impressions of yellow apple and pear, oak, lemon spritzed melon, and white tea with crunchy, woody tannins and light oak flavor. A pleasant oaky chardonnay.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
LangeTwins Winery 2015 Estate Chardonnay
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright light golden yellow color. Bright, fruity, fresh tropical aromas of tutti fruiti, lemon butter cream, pineapple, and vanilla tinged oak with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, interesting, brisk finish with chewy tannins and light oak flavor.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Heron Hill Winery 2013 Single Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay
86 points
$17.99
Bright light medium bright gold color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas of yellow apples, lemon curd, gravel, and dried straw with a crisp, dry full body and a peppery, engaging, brisk finish with gritty tannins.
86 points $17.99
Santa Barbara Canyon 2014  Chardonnay
86 points
$17.99
Bright medium light gold color. Bright, toasty, fruity fresh aromas of toasted coconut, yellow apples, pineapple, and gravel - dried canvas with an bright, dryish full body and a warming, complex, rapid finish with firm tannins and light oak flavor.
86 points $17.99
Folie à Deux 2014  Chardonnay
86 points
$18
Bright medium golden straw color. Yeasty aromas and flavors of dough, minerals, and dried fruit with an even, vibrant, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, crisp finish displaying accents of green apple in cream, pineapple-mango relish, nuts, and lemon pepper with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bright juicy chardonnay with nice balance.
Rutherford Vintners 2014  Chardonnay
86 points
$19.99
Brilliant bright straw green color. Delicate, interesting, spicy aromas and flavors of waxy apple and honeycomb, powdery anisette cookie, ground almonds, herbs, and spices, and white blossoms with an even, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length finish with suggestions of lemon spritzed pineapples and tropical fruit creme brulee with fine, soft tannins and light oak flavor. A very tasty well made chardonnay.
86 points $19.99
Napa Cellars 2013 V Collection Chardonnay
86 points
$40
Bright medium golden straw color. Delicate, buttery, fruity toasty aromas and flavors of baked apple and pineapple, toasted almonds, toasted coconut meringue, and earth with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, amusing, relaxed finish that shows suggestions of spice, oak, and lemon custard with crunchy, woody tannins and heavy oak flavor. A firm oaky chardonnay.
CK Mondavi 2014 Willow Springs Chardonnay
85 points
$6.99
Golden yellow color. Delicate aromas and flavors of spiced apples, buttery praline, and peppercorns with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, quick finish conveying accents of dried pineapple and nuts. A pleasant nutty chardonnay.
85 points $6.99
Cedar Brook 2014  Chardonnay
85 points
$13.99
Golden straw color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of banana and coconut cream pies and apple tart with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy finish with accents of pear, lemon cream, and roasted nuts with crunchy, fruit tannins. A solid, chardonnay for everyday enjoyment.
85 points $13.99
Laurier 2013  Chardonnay
85 points
$17.99
Golden straw color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of apple pie filling and praline with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, carefree finish revealing notes of lemon and pineapple custard and mossy earth. A nice fruity chardonnay.
85 points $17.99
Auburn Road 2014 The White Bottle Chardonnay
85 points
$20
Bright pale yellow straw color. Fruity, buttery aromas of dried trail mix - peaches, lemon curd, saddle sweat, and gravel with an tangy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, refreshing, brisk finish with grippy tannins.
Crane Lake 2014  Chardonnay
84 points
$6.99
Straw green color. Mild, creamy, toasty aromas and flavors of meringue and baked pineapple with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a fast finish that exhibits notes of powdered citrus, nutskins, and earth with light oak flavor. An easy quaffer.
84 points $6.99
Three Thieves 2014 California Republic Chardonnay
84 points
$8
Golden yellow color. Bright, toasty, creamy aromas and flavors of nougat and baked apple with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a carefree finish displaying notes of pineapple, lemon cream, and nuts with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and light oak flavor. A nice carefree sipper.
Salmon Creek 2014  Chardonnay
84 points
$8.99
Golden straw color. Bright, smoky aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and grilled apples with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-length finish with nuances of honey baked lemon, mocha gelato, white toffee, and oak with fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak flavor. A toasty, oak forward chardonnay.
84 points $8.99
Bandit NV  Chardonnay
84 points
$9
Golden straw color. Delicate, tropical aromas and flavors of kiwi papaya salad and delicate peppery spices with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish that shows notes of melon, lemon chiffon, and ground nuts with fine, fruit tannins and light oak flavor. A nice and easy everyday white wine.
Ménage à Trois 2014  Chardonnay
84 points
$12
Golden straw color. Bright, smoky aromas and flavors of wood smoke and grilled fruits with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, short-to-medium finish conveying notes of vanilla yogurt nuts, lemon, and cedar with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. An oak forward chardonnay sipper.
Montevina 2014  Chardonnay
84 points
$12
Light gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of nuts and apple pie crust with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish that exhibits notes of pear, nutskins, and vanilla with fine, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A nice everyday chardonnay sipper.
Picket Fence 2014  Chardonnay
84 points
$15.99
Dull medium golden yellow with color. Bright, earthy, roasted umami aromas and flavors of salty damp earth, hazelnuts latte, dried apples and citrus, and dried meat with an even, soft, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, snappy finish with notes of kiwi custard and nutskins with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A toasty quaffer.
84 points $15.99
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2014 Wetzel Family Estate Chardonnay
84 points
$18
Bright light golden yellow color. Mild aromas of lemon salt water taffy, green apple, dried canvas, and gravel with a tangy, dryish full body and a warming, short-lived finish with grippy tannins.
Handley 2013 Water Tower Chardonnay
84 points
$18
Bright medium yellow straw color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of yogurt nuts, spiced apple, and earth with a soft, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, brisk finish imparting accents of citrus, overripe melon, and grass with firm tannins and light oak flavor. A light, lively, and slightly petillant Chardonnay.
Adobe Road 2014 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay
84 points
$48
Bright medium light gold color. Delicate, yeasty aromas and flavors of apple pastry, ground nuts, and clay with an even, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, breezy finish that presents notes of coconut water, pineapple gelato, and nutshells with earthy tannins and light oak flavor. A pleasant sipper.
Sutter Home NV  Chardonnay
83 points
$6
Best Buy
Gold color. Mild, nutty aromas and flavors of nut brittle and pineapple cake with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, short finish that exhibits suggestions of green apple and lemon spritzed melon with fine, fruit tannins. A pleasant sipper.
83 points $6 Best Buy
Albertoni 2014  Chardonnay
83 points
$8.99
Golden yellow color. Delicate, tropical aromas and flavors of coconut macaroon, vanilla caramel bon bon, and apple strudel with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, brisk finish that shows nuances of lemon chiffon, nutskin, and bark with woody, husky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A light yet oaky quaffer.
83 points $8.99
Newman’s Own 2014  Chardonnay
83 points
$12
Gold color. Waxy, fruity aromas and flavors of apple tart, nuts, and vanilla candle with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, brisk finish manifesting elements of lemon-pineapple relish, melon rind, and cedar with fine, dusty tannins. An easy sipper.
Cape May 2014 Reserve Chardonnay
83 points
$32
Bright medium golden amber color. Bright, fruity, candied aromas of juicy fruit candy, dried peaches, lemon curd, and dried twigs with a tart, dryish full body and a hot, short finish with grippy tannins and light oak flavor.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2013 "Alexander School" Reserve Chardonnay
83 points
$45
Bright medium golden amber color. Bright, fruity, citrusy aromas of green apple, lemoncello, toasted coconut, and clarified butter with an soft, dry-yet-fruity full body and a silky, stimulating, short finish with soft tannins and light oak flavor.
Charles Shaw 2014  Chardonnay
82 points
$4.99
Yellow straw color. Delicate, fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of baked tropical fruits, vanilla toffee, and banana leaves with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and an effortless, breezy finish imparting touches of banana cream pie and apple butter on a lemon scone with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and light oak flavor. A solid everyday quaffer; serve with a good chill.
82 points $4.99
Johnson Estate 2013 Freelings Creek Reserve Chardonnay
82 points
$12.99
Bright medium gold color. Lively, fruity, buttery toasty aromas of stone fruits peach skin, coconut saltwater taffy, lemon butter, and melon with a supple, crisp, dryish full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with firm tannins.
82 points $12.99
Grande River Vineyards 2014  Chardonnay
82 points
$15.99
Straw color. Bright, sulfurous, yeasty aromas and flavors of grilled pineapples and matchstick with a supple, tart, dryish light body and a smooth, quick finish with notes of stewed apples, reduced lemon, and earth with dusty, chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A tart, earthy, oaky chardonnay for the table.
82 points $15.99
Penns Woods 2014 Reserve Chardonnay
82 points
$28
Straw green color. Sulfurous, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled apples and matchsticks with a supple, tart, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, odd, brisk finish displaying touches of lime juice, green apple skin, and nuts. A smoky, racy chardonnay for the table.
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