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April 2017 - US Chardonnay

April 2017 - US Chardonnay
This month's Wine feature is US Chardonnay Wines

US Chardonnay Reviews

Napa Cellars 2014  Chardonnay
94 points
$22
Bright bright gold color. Fresh, oaky aromas of pina colada, pecan, toasted cinnamon, and caramel with a round, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length vanilla apple taffy, toasted pound cake, and baked pineapple finish with well-integrated, cottony, fruit, fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A vanilla-forward and balanced napa Chardonnay that delivers.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Chardonnay
Montevina 2015 Omira Hills Chardonnay
93 points
$10
Best Buy
Bright old gold color. Perfumed, fruity aromas of juicy pear, grilled peach a la mode, mango nectar, and apple blossom with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a layered, long apricot nectar, whole nutmeg, apple cinnamon compote, and vanilla yogurt finish with well-integrated, soft tannins and heavy oak flavor. A terrific, singing wine, balanced with an endless finish.
93 points $10 Best Buy
Esser Vineyards 2015  Chardonnay
93 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Light yellow straw color. Toasty aromas of lemon poppyseed muffin and almond meal with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an intriguing, long white peach, orgeat, and tangerine finish with light oak flavor. A thoughtfully constructed peachy Chardonnay.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Grgich Hills 2013 Estate Grown Chardonnay
93 points
$43
Pale light gold color. Roasted aromas and flavors of spice cake, vanilla almond, lemon pie crust, and wet pencil with a lightly tannic, crisp, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a complex, long finish that presents nuances of baking apples, mango salsa, nutmeg, and burnt sugar with moderate oak flavor. A nice crunchy, snappy Chardonnay that will be versatile.
Crane Family Vineyards 2014  Chardonnay
93 points
$44
Light golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach mango yogurt, cream of coconut, lemon muffin, and baking spice with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an appealing, medium-length finish with overtones of vanilla cream, apple-lemon relish, and fennel with fruit, fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. An elegant, fruit forward and plush wine that is a zippy alternative to classic Chardonnay.
Schug 2015 Estate Grown Chardonnay
93 points
$45
Medium gold color. Buttery aromas of toasted marshmallow, white chocolate macaroon, farmers cheese with apricot preserves, and pina colada with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long toasted marshmallow, nutmeg, fresh papaya, and poached orchard fruit finish with light oak flavor. A bright zesty Chardonnay with great fruit, acidity, and creamy oak.
Schug 2015 Heritage Reserve Chardonnay
93 points
$45
Light gold color. Buttery, toasty aromas of brown butter, apple butter, vanilla sweet cream, and lemon blossom with a soft, lively, dry medium-full body and an interesting, medium-long vanilla lemon custard, ripe pineapple, peach nectar, and coconut cream with tapioca finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A shining and well-constructed Chardonnay with nice purity of fruit.
Three Thieves 2015  Chardonnay
92 points
$8
Best Buy
Bright medium light gold color. Aromas of dried pineapple, gravel, cream soda, and apple bran muffin with a creamy, bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a complex, very long bechamel, pear cobbler, and starfruit finish with cottony, fruit, fine, well-integrated, crunchy tannins and heavy oak flavor.
92 points $8 Best Buy
Ménage à Trois 2014  Chardonnay
92 points
$12
Best Buy
Pale golden yellow color. Curious, fruity aromas and flavors of butterscotch wrapper, grilled apple, and almond butter with an bright, fruity full body and an amusing, medium-long finish revealing notes of apple butter, buttered toast, lemon meringue, and apricot jam with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lip-smacking, fruity Chardonnay.
92 points $12 Best Buy
SeaGlass 2015  Chardonnay
92 points
$12
Best Buy
Straw green color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of ripe peach, honey crepe cake, lemon meringue, and apple compote with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a medium-long finish imparting accents of apple crostada and citrus custard with fruit, fine, crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A charming and balanced Chardonnay to share with friends over gourmet meals.
92 points $12 Best Buy
Alba 2015  Chardonnay
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Citrusy, toasty, buttery aromas of fried lemons, texas toast, and grapefruit zest with a round, crisp, fruity medium-full body and an interesting, medium-long butter poached apples, lemon curd, and salted nuts finish with fine, fruit, coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nicely balanced Chardonnay with a long, toasty finish.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Pacific Heights 2015  Chardonnay
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Pale light gold color. Baked aromas of butter-fried grapefruit, poached apple, straw, and carpentry with an bright, dry medium-full body and a complex, medium-length vanilla cream, peach flesh, flaky apple turnover, and white pepper finish with cottony, well-integrated, coating tannins and heavy oak flavor. A nicely-styled Chardonnay with pretty aromas and a versatile palate.
92 points $20 Best Buy
San Simeon 2015 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of roasted pineapple, butter cream, pressed linen, and planked oak and crushed gravel with a tangy, dry full body and a charming, brisk finish with earthy, woody, cottony tannins and moderate oak flavor. An excellent example.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Labyrinth 2013 Presquile Vineyard Chardonnay
92 points
$36
Light golden straw color. Toasty aromas and flavors of toasted marshmallow, apple cider, buttered bran muffin, and lemon frosting with a supple, full body and a complex, medium-long finish with notes of banana bread, crystalized ginger, and lemon curd with cottony, well-integrated, soft tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice oaked Chardonnay to pair with big poultry dishes.
Hyde & Sons 2013 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay
92 points
$55
Medium color. Aromas and flavors of ripe apple, pineapple, and butterscotch with an bright, fruity medium body and an appealing, relaxed finish with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice medium-bodied Chardonnay with ripe apple and butterscotch notes
Casa Larga 2016 Vineyard Hill Chardonnay
91 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Fruity, floral, pure aromas and flavors of spiced apples and pineapples and apple blossoms with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-long finish manifesting nuances of honeyed green apple, pear, and melon, nougat, minerals, and floral water with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. An exceptionally pure, unpretentious, and well-balanced Chardonnay with great varietal character.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown and Bottled Chardonnay
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Pale straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pear, golden apple, and honey with an vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a delightful, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A rich Chardonnay with plenty of ripe fruit, spice, and honey notes.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Complicated 2015  Chardonnay
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of fruit salad, pistachio gelato, and coconut cream with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish manifesting notes of vanilla toffee and spiced apples with light oak flavor. A delightfully fruity and appealing Chardonnay.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Chime 2015  Chardonnay
91 points
$19.99
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of full on spice box and cardamon, apple saltwater taffy, crushed gravel, and pressed linen and planked oak with a lively, dryish full body and a nuanced, carefree finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An excellent example.
91 points $19.99
Pend d’Oreille 2015 Vickers Vineyard Cuvée Julie Reserve Chardonnay
91 points
$25
Golden straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of apple tart and spiced nuts with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length finish imparting elements of vanilla cream, pineapple upside down cake, spiced lemon curd, and pepper with fruit tannins and light oak flavor. A warming, savory and satisfying Chardonnay.
Schug 2015  Chardonnay
91 points
$25
Golden yellow color. Fruity, floral, interesting aromas and flavors of raspberry coulis and blossoms, tropical fruit salad, and praline with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, compelling, medium-length finish with notes of spiced pineapple with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A very distinctively fruity (raspberries!) Chardonnay.
Parmelee-Hill 2014 Estate Grown Chardonnay
91 points
$45
Gold color. Aromas of apple pie, lemon sorbet, mango coulis, and chimichuri with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long baked apple, kalamata olive, and oak box finish with fine, silky, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A wonderfully savory Chardonnay for effortless dinner pairings.
Newman’s Own 2015  Chardonnay
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Bright bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of honey crisp apples, crushed gravel, vanilla saltwater taffy, and planked oak with an lively, dryish full body and a stimulating, carefree finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. An excellent example.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Cupcake 2015  Chardonnay
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Toasty, floral aromas of peach blossom, lime coulis, and candied nuts with a satiny, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and an amusing, medium-long key lime pie, graham cracker crust, and green almond finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A fresh and floral Chardonnay for afternoon sipping.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Ménage à Trois 2015 Gold Chardonnay
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale color. Aromas and flavors of white flowers, white pepper, and spice with a vibrant, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An interesting white with a good combination of fruit and spice
90 points $14 Best Buy
Casa Larga 2014 French Oak Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
90 points
$19.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of tropical fruit tart, creme brulee, and buttery praline with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, refreshing, breezy finish that shows suggestions of lemon-lime meringue, spiced apples, and tangy pineapple and guava with no oak flavor. A zesty, well-rounded Chardonnay with fine oak.
90 points $19.99
Paraiso Vineyards 2015 Estate Chardonnay
90 points
$20
Bright light gold color. Aromas of tropical fruits and pineapple & mango, butter cream, oak twigs, and potters clay with a lively, dry full body and a complex, easy finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. An excellent example.
Schug 2015  Chardonnay
90 points
$30
Yellow straw color. Toasty aromas of toasted hawaiian rolls and apple butter with a supple, crisp, dry medium-full body and an interesting, long apple butter, cardamom, caramelized pineapple, and lime zest finish with coating, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A decidedly Carneros Chardonnay begging for a gourmet sandwich.
Citation 2014  Chardonnay
90 points
$35
Pale color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla, lemon curd, and pie spice with a vibrant, dry medium body and a compelling, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A very good Chardonnay with well balanced fruit and spice.
One Woman 2014 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
90 points
$38
Yellow straw color. Buttery, baked aromas of buttered hawaiian roll, caramel covered apples, and toasted almond with a supple, soft, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length caramel apple, english muffin, and mango finish with coating, fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak flavor. A crushable Chardonnay not overpowered by oak.
Eagle Canyon 2015  Chardonnay
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of dried apple, lychee, spring rain, and lemon meringue with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a refreshing, medium-length asian pear, cherry blossom, plumeria, and spiced nuts finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A fresh and feminine Chardonnay sipper.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
SPIN 2015  Chardonnay
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Fresh, fruity, floral aromas of wildflowers, lychee syrup, butter cookies, and apple blossom with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a complex, long marshmallow creme, ripe pineapple, vanilla caramel, and exotic fruit finish with fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak flavor. Terrifically balanced, singing Chardonnay with exotic flair.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Casa Larga 2014 American Oak Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
89 points
$17.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of coconut macaroon, apples and pineapples on the tree, and vanilla nut brittle with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, relaxed finish with suggestions of starfruit and lime and earth earthy with no oak flavor. A crisp, linear Chardonnay with a nice layer of creamy tropical oak.
89 points $17.99
Bancroft Cellars 2015  Chardonnay
89 points
$18
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of baked apples, pie dough, planked cedar, and toasted yeast and potters clay with an crisp, dry full body and a complex, medium-long finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very good example.
Eye Chart NV  Chardonnay
89 points
$18
Bright gold color. Aromas of roasted apples, gauze, turned earth, and lemon pith with an tangy, dry full body and an appealing, short finish with earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A very good example.
Casa Larga 2014 Hungarian Oak Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
89 points
$18.99
Straw color. Earthy, citrusy, fruity aromas and flavors of apples on the tree, creamy tapioca, and pound cake with a silky, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of pickled pear and melon, reduced lemon, powdered nuts, and pepper with no oak flavor. A savory, mouthwatering Chardonnay with nicely balanced oak.
89 points $18.99
Valley of the Moon 2014  Chardonnay
89 points
$21
Yellow straw color. Buttery aromas and flavors of nut brittle, apple custard pie, and candied yams with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish with nuances of vanilla custard, kiwi and papaya, nuts, and cedar with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A nice zesty, appetizing Chardonnay.
Page Mill 2015 Chandler Vineyard Chardonnay
89 points
$24
Golden straw color. Baked, tropical aromas of lemon loaf, papaya coulis, and vanilla sugar with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a stimulating, medium-length papaya, almond sandies, and lemon icing finish with medium tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruit forward Chardonnay with nice acidity.
Heitz 2015  Chardonnay
89 points
$27
Golden straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of coconut-pineapple cake, buttery praline, cedar, and caramel yogurt with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an effortless, snappy finish that shows accents of tropical citrus medley, melon and pear, and nuts with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and light oak flavor. A tangy, snappy, oak accented Chardonnay.
Burning Tree Cellars 2015 Trademarked Chardonnay
89 points
$28
Pale straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of apple, pear, and toasted nuts with a bright, dryish medium body and an engaging, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A clean easy to drink white with ripe apple and pear notes.
Portola Vineyards 2014  Chardonnay
89 points
$30
Bright old gold color. Toasty, creamy aromas of fried lemon, smoked nuts, brown butter, and crema with a supple, crisp, dry full body and an interesting, medium-long grilled apple, honeyed leather, cedar, and mango coulis finish with husky tannins and heavy oak flavor. A great oaky Chardonnay with nuance and smoky intrigue.
Prix 2015 Reserve Chardonnay
89 points
$40
Pale bright gold color. Aromas of dill pickle, buttered dried apples, and spiced guanabana with a lean, tart, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length dairy, bitter herbs, and menthol finish with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A funky, tangy, extroverted and oak-forward Chardonnay.
Craftsmen 2015  Chardonnay
88 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Bright light gold color. Aromas of peach cobbler, yellow apples, planked oak, and lemon curd and turned earth with a lively, dry full body and a subtle, relaxed finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A good quality example.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
AVA Grace 2015  Chardonnay
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Fresh aromas and flavors of pineapple upside down cake and mountain stream with a soft, bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long finish with impressions of lemon shortbread, pineapple coulis, and oak with cottony, coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice balance of fruit and oak.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Casa Larga NV CLV Chardonnay
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts, toasty buttery apple pie crust, singed oak, and grape leaves with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish with elements of vanilla nuts, lemon-kiwi sorbet, earth, and fleur de sel with a suggestion of oak flavor. A interesting, flavorful Chardonnay that starts toasty and finishes bright and fruity.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Pend d’Oreille 2015  Chardonnay
88 points
$15.99
Yellow straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, dried citrus and apples, wafer cookies, and pineapple yogurt with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that presents notes of vanilla nuts and delicate spiced peach with fine, fruit tannins and light oak flavor. A rock solid Chardonnay that will be versatile.
88 points $15.99
Joel Gott 2015 Unoaked Chardonnay
88 points
$18
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of jolly rancher hard candy and apple, gauze, lemon curd, and crushed gravel with an crisp, dryish full body and a complex, cheery finish with earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A good quality example.
Napa Cellars 2014 V Collection Chardonnay
88 points
$40
Golden yellow color. Creamy aromas and flavors of coconut custard pie, nougat, and hint of spumoni with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a breezy finish with notes of melon and pear and pencil shavings. A nice delicately, crisp Chardonnay sipper.
Barefoot NV  Chardonnay
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried leaves, turned earth, bruised apples, and buttered toast with a crisp, dry medium-full body and a brisk finish with earthy, leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fairly good quality example.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Folie à Deux 2014  Chardonnay
87 points
$18
Pale light golden straw color. Fresh aromas of baking style apples, apple-spice cookies, caramelized nuts, and grilled green pineapple with a crisp, dryish medium body and a breezy apple sauce, cinnamon swirl yogurt, rice crispy, and leather finish with coating, soft tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice Chardonnay not overpowered by oak.
Highway 12 2015  Chardonnay
87 points
$19.50
Bright golden yellow color. Oaky aromas of dried orchard fruit, spice cabinet, brown butter, and semolina with a creamy, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a swift melted butter, spice cabinet, oak chips, and lemon zest finish with cottony, fruit, fine tannins and heavy oak flavor. A fruity oak bomb for Chardonnay lovers.
87 points $19.50
One Woman 2014  Chardonnay
87 points
$28
Pale golden straw color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of pineapple upside down cake, mango chutney, and vanilla nuts with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, captivating, long finish with suggestions of spiced caramelized apples and lemons and praline with soft, silky, fruit tannins and light oak flavor. A wonderfully rich, expressive, and finely balanced Chardonnay.
Heritage Vineyards 2014 Estate Reserve Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
87 points
$35
Straw color. Attractive, dusty, fruity aromas of grilled pineapple, organic apple, creamery, and dusty shelf with a crisp, medium body and a captivating, medium-length apple butter, vanilla-lemon cream, and green mango finish with silky, fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice creamy Chardonnay that is light on its feet.
Bandit NV  Chardonnay
86 points
$9
Best Buy
Bright light gold color. Aromas and flavors of green apple skin, buttercream and butterscotch, planked oak, and turned earth with an crisp, dry full body and an interesting, brisk finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A better than average quality example.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Heritage Vineyards NV Cuvee Blanc 5th Edition Outer Coastal Plain
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Fresh, green, herbal aromas and flavors of overripe peach and papaya, spiced apple and figs, buffalo grass, and wild flowers with a supple, tangy, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish imparting notes of wintergreen, melon and nectarine rind, lemongrass, and grassy earth with no oak flavor. A very earthy and distinctive white wine that make for some interesting pairings.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
One Woman 2012 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
86 points
$40
Medium golden yellow color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of pineapple custard pastry, vanilla nut brittle, and honey butter with a satiny, soft, fruity medium body and a complex, medium-length finish with notes of salty butter roasted nuts and oak with crunchy, fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich oaky Chardonnay with lots of savory, nutty, and buttery tones.
One Woman 2015  Chardonnay
85 points
Pale yellow straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of dried lemon and grass and leaves with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, breezy finish with notes of spiced apples and pears, honeyed nuts, and lemon cream. with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nicely rounded Chardonnay with tangy fruit.
Sutter Home NV  Chardonnay
85 points
$6
Best Buy
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of apple sauce, planked oak, dried canvas, and oak with a crisp, dry full body and a sparse finish with earthy, papery, cottony tannins and moderate oak flavor. A better than average quality example.
85 points $6 Best Buy
Trinity Oaks 2015  Chardonnay
85 points
$9
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried apple slices, light caramel, baked oak, and lemon pith with a tangy, dry medium-full body and a brisk finish with cottony, papery tannins and light oak flavor. A better than average quality example.
Northleaf Winery NV Town Square Series Chardonnay
85 points
$15
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of baked apples and spiced cider, wooden attic beams, lemon oil, and pressed linen and crushed gravel with a crisp, dry medium-full body and an intriguing, brisk finish with cottony, woody, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A better than average quality example.
Chloe 2015  Chardonnay
85 points
$16.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of pressed flowers, apple graham cracker tart, and papaya with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, breezy finish with notes of lime custard, pineapple in cream, and nutskin with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice and easy Chardonnay sipper.
85 points $16.99
Lake Sonoma 2014  Chardonnay
85 points
$30
Pale light golden straw color. Baked, elegant aromas of toasted coconut, apple chips, nougat, and apple butter with a crisp, dryish medium body and a complex, long crisp apple cider, freshly grated nutmeg, apple chutney, and autumn leaves finish with cottony tannins and moderate oak flavor. An autumnal oaky Chardonnay with shining acidity and spiced apple flavors.
One Woman 2013 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
85 points
$38
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of white toffee, apple pie crust, and dried pineapple with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium finish displaying notes of creme anglaise, toasted nuts, and lemon zest with soft, fruit tannins and light oak flavor. A mellow, silky, nicely balanced Chardonnay for everyday enjoyment.
Kingman Estates 2015  Chardonnay
84 points
$19.50
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of melted honeycomb, gherkin, spiced pineapple, and hint of matchstick with a supple, tangy, dryish medium body and a smooth, easy finish evoking accents of apple custard and minerals with crunchy, fine tannins and no oak flavor. A very savory, lightly smoky Chardonnay.
84 points $19.50
City Winery 2015 Scopus Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay
84 points
$26
Yellow straw color. Buttery, baked aromas of butter cookies, lemon curd, apple butter, and cilantro with a tangy, medium body and a buoyant lemon curd, orange flower water, and orange curacao finish with fine, fruit, silky tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice citrusy Chardonnay.
Dusted Valley 2015 Olsen Vineyard Chardonnay
84 points
$34
Pale color. Aromas and flavors of ripe apple, pear, and toasted nuts with a vibrant, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A rich Chardonnay with ripe apple, pear, and toasted nuts, and vanilla
Narmada Winery 2011 Reserve Chardonnay
83 points
$27
Pale color. Aromas and flavors of lemon, sherry, and apples with an vibrant, dryish medium body and an interesting, crisp finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. An interesting nose of lemon peel and apples, with a touch of spice.
Black Willow Winery NV  Chardonnay
82 points
$14.95
Straw color. Oily aromas and flavors of scrambled eggs, butter, and dried lemon pith with a lean, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a buoyant finish conveying accents of underripe pineapple, asian pear, spice cake, and canvas with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A dry, savory Chardonnay for the table.
82 points $14.95
Grande River Vineyards 2015  Chardonnay
82 points
$15.99
Golden straw color. Smoky aromas and flavors of campfire, matchstick, fried pickle, and grilled citrus with a supple, soft, dryish thin body and a tingling, peculiar, medium-long finish that presents notes of lemon balsamic reduction, grass, and nutskin and shell with light oak flavor. A very smoky, earth Chardonnay for the table.
82 points $15.99
Duck Creek NV Chardy Wood Duck Chardonnay
82 points
$18.99
Gold color. Curious aromas and flavors of butterscotch coated green apples, petrol, fino sherry, and sour cream with a satiny, dryish medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish with coating, woody tannins and light oak flavor. A unusual Chardonnay that offers somethings truly different.
82 points $18.99
Labyrinth 2013 Haka Chardonnay
82 points
$28
Dark gold color. Aromas and flavors of ripe apple and pineapple with a soft, dryish medium body and a brisk finish with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A simple Chardonnay with ripe apple, pear, and pineapple flavors.
Lawer Estates 2015 Betsys Vineyard Una Late Harvest Chardonnay
82 points
$36
Bright old gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried fruits and apricot pits, roasted nuts, gauze and lemon pith, and crushed gravel with an tangy, fruity sweet full body and an interesting, momentary finish with earthy tannins and no oak flavor. A lower quality commercially acceptable example.
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