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November 2018 - US Chardonnay

November 2018 - US Chardonnay
This month's Wine feature is US Chardonnay Wines

US Chardonnay Reviews

Maddalena 2016  Chardonnay
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Bright gold color. Aromas of dried apricot, pressed flowers, constant comment tea, fresh baked apple pie, white chocolate, and broiled meyer lemon with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, charming, medium-long caramel buttercream, shortbread, lime leaf, roasted sweet potato, and toasted coconut flake finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. An opulent chardonnay that fills the palate with decadent fruits and exotic spice.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Monte De Oro 2017 Galway Vineyard Estate Grown Chardonnay
93 points
$23
Yellow straw color. Aromas of fragrant ripe papaya, cantaloupe, macadamia nut brittle, cinnamon dusted snickerdoodle cookies, and coconut sticky rice with a velvety, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, subtle, long orgeat, grilled nectarine, toasted sweet rolls, and candied pineapple finish with moderate oak flavor. A flashy, concentrated Chardonnay from Temecula that offers a tropical soiree of flavors and memorable toasty oak.
Grgich Hills 2015 Estate Grown Chardonnay
93 points
$43
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe fig, buttered and roasted pineapple, key lime coconut patties, and dried banana with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and an effortless, intricate, long finish evoking impressions of dried apricot, lemon zest on spiced nuts, juicy tangerine, and toasted spice cake with moderate oak flavor. A lengthy Napa Chardonnay that is both juicy and buttery; a precisely balanced wine.
Kalaris 2015  Chardonnay
93 points
$55
Golden straw color. Aromas of white chocolate dipped apricot, honey, smoked pineapple, chrysanthemum, and jasmine tea with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length juicy pear confection, sweet spice cake, roasted coffee beans, and hazelnut finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A charming chardonnay packed with elegant flavors; very appealing.
City Winery 2017 Scopus Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay
92 points
$28
Golden yellow color. Fruity aromas of ripe pear, baked peach, cinnamon-sugar, pineapple gummies, and black pepper with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long pear sharlotka, praline, and flapjacks with orange marmalade finish with light oak flavor. A charming, concentrated chardonnay with singing acidity and luscious fruit.
Lobo 2017 Wulff Vineyards Chardonnay
92 points
$60
Yellow straw color. Creamy aromas and flavors of egg custard tart, vanilla bean yogurt, and sweet apple pastry with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish displaying elements of roasted pineapple, white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, fresh caramel, smoke, and nutmeg with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lovely Napa Chardonnay with well-integrated oak and vivid flavors.
Jarvis 2016 Estate Grown Chardonnay
92 points
$75
Yellow straw color. Aromas of flint, ground cinnamon, key lime custard, cream soda, and heirloom apple with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy firm pear, dust, hazelnut brittle, and taro finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry and food-friendly chardonnay that highlights French oak and takes a serious style.
Jarvis 2016 Finch Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay
92 points
$135
Golden straw color. Aromas of roasted pineapple, cinnamon flan, toasted walnut, sage, and lime curd in toasty pastry with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, stimulating, long wood grilled mushrooms and carrots, whipped topping, rose petal, and sweet herbs finish with moderate oak flavor. A fabulous expression of Napa Chardonnay with well-integrated oak and a sophisticated style.
Prescription Vineyards 2016  Chardonnay
91 points
$20
Golden straw color. Complex aromas of passionfruit, caramel apple, peach butter on blackened toast, soy glazed walnut, and flint smoke with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long caramel-corn and buttered crepes with apple jelly finish with heavy oak flavor. An outgoing chardonnay with a symphony of boisterous flavor.
Forchini 2017 Estate Grown Chardonnay
91 points
$24
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasted cuban bread, dill pickles, white grapefruit, jambon, cannabis, and grilled peach with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of apple chutney. A very distinctive and food-friendly Chardonnay that’s never too oaky.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2017  Chardonnay
91 points
$24
Gold color. Aromas of spiced apples, bruleed lemon, buttery popcorn, and warm pineapple upside down cake with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length sea salt, caramelized mushroom, and vanilla gelato finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A buttery Chardonnay with ripe fruit and hints of umami.
Lloyd Cellars 2017  Chardonnay
91 points
$40
Yellow straw color. Aromas of apple pie with all-butter crust, baked peach, and vanilla flan with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length caramel, white chocolate creme, burnt orange peel, and toasted nuts finish with heavy oak flavor. A nice oaky chardonnay with lasting length.
L’Ecole N° 41 2017  Chardonnay
90 points
$22
Golden straw color. Aromas of poached pear, walnut, beeswax with pineapple, papaya-ginger vinaigrette, toffee, and spiced tea with lemon with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length buttercream with brown sugar and banana cake finish with moderate oak flavor. A bright and nuanced chardonnay that may entice some riesling lovers.
Jarvis 2016 Finch Hollow Vineyard Unfiltered Chardonnay
90 points
$150
Dull yellow straw color. Aromas of apple cider, pineapple kombucha, banana pastry, caramel green apple, dried apricot, chamomile, and peppercorns with a lightly tannic, prickly, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, odd, breezy white tea finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A rich and extroverted Napa Chardonnay.
Dark Horse 2016  Chardonnay
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Elegant aromas of pear sharlotka, green cardamom, bay leaf, and white florals with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, carefree caramel buttercream and pineapple cake finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fresh chardonnay that is a pleasure to drink.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Golden Winery 2017  Chardonnay
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Complex aromas of glazed pineapple, pumpkin pie, fresh caramel, and flan with candied orange peel with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, long toasty pastry, peach-kiwi chutney, sweet corn, and buttered cashews finish with coating tannins and heavy oak flavor. A juicy crowd-pleasing Monterey Chardonnay that checks all the boxes.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
William Hill 2016 Coastal Collection Chardonnay
89 points
$17
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla bean, toasted hawaiian rolls, fondant dipped apple slices, and candied pineapple with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish conveying impressions of cinnamon toast and pineapple compote with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A vanilla-bomb of a chardonnay that will be nice over festive appetizers and after dinner to keep the party going.
J Vineyards Table 2016  Chardonnay
89 points
$30
Yellow straw color. Aromas of rum cake, buttercream, pineapple confection, candied almonds, and bananas foster with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-long spiced apples finish with moderate oak flavor. A solid chardonnay with delightfully tropical nose.
Tarara 2016  Chardonnay
88 points
$30
Brilliant light gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of wet stone, white floral bouquet, peaches in honey, popcorn, and toasted apple streusel with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish that shows notes of toasty oak with moderate oak flavor. A dry, mineral-forward chardonnay that offers food-friendly acidity.
Tarara 2015  Chardonnay
88 points
$30
Golden straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of lemon meringue pie, mango creme, clover flower, graham cracker crust, and marzipan with a creamy, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits elements of clove with light oak flavor. A charming Virginia Chardonnay with enticing aromas.
Kalaris 2016  Chardonnay
88 points
$55
Straw color. Aromas of pumpkin spice latte, blackberry jelly, baked apple, country biscuit, and hazelnut creme with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long smoked caramel and sea salt finish with heavy oak flavor. An oaky Napa Chardonnay that offers autumnal flavors and a silky appeal.
Aviary Vineyards 2015  Chardonnay
87 points
$19.99
Golden yellow color. Aromas of vanilla bean ice cream, poached apricot, and fondant with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length nutmeg, hot toddy with honey, and roasted apple finish with crunchy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A toasty cashmere sweater of a chardonnay.
87 points $19.99
Armstrong Valley Winery 2016 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
87 points
$20
Golden yellow color. Aromas of toffee coated popcorn and apple-cinnamon oatmeal with an oily, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length drawn butter finish with moderate oak flavor. A great holiday pick; a nice one to share with friends alongside wintertime treats.
Barefoot NV  Chardonnay
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of apple muffin, lime pop, pastry crust, and autumn leaves with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, breezy popovers with vanilla honey, pear nectar, and cinnamon tea finish with light oak flavor. A fruity chardonnay with balancing spice notes.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Edna Valley Vineyard 2016  Chardonnay
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Spicy aromas and flavors of pear butter, roasted starfruit, and almond milk chai latte with a supple, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with notes of shortbread with lemon curd with a suggestion of oak flavor. An autumnal chardonnay for the season.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Parcel One 2017  Chardonnay
86 points
$39
Golden straw color. Aromas of warm apple pie, baked peach, cracker jacks, and minerals with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed marshmallow, lemon curd, toasted pita, and spice cake finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy chardonnay that will hit the spot.
Great Frogs 2017 Harness Creek Vineyard Chardonnay
86 points
$40
Gold color. Inviting aromas of toasted croissant, peach gummies, underripe banana, salted caramel latte, and aged cheddar with a supple, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a buoyant fruit cake and finish. A solid chardonnay that will pique one’s interest in Anne Arundel County.
Crush 8 2017  Chardonnay
85 points
$9.99
Light amber color. Curious aromas and flavors of pear, finger lime, white peach, roasted almonds, and yuzu with a silky, vibrant, dryish light body and a swift finish that shows notes of juniper with no oak flavor. A fresh and quaffable chardonnay that drinks like a pinot grigio.
85 points $9.99
Columbia Winery 2016  Chardonnay
85 points
$14
Yellow straw color. Savory aromas and flavors of toasted almonds, baklava, and white bean spread with candied carrot with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, relaxed finish that shows suggestions of wool and caramel cream candy with a suggestion of oak flavor. A weeknight chardonnay for simple pairings.
Armstrong Valley Winery 2017 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
84 points
$20
Yellow straw color. Aromas of mixed melon salad and frozen yogurt with a soft, fruity light body and a smooth, brisk lime cooler finish with no oak flavor. A juicy quaffer for outdoor fun; pinot grigio fans need apply.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Estate Chardonnay
84 points
$28
Golden straw color. Aromas of buttered corn, lemon rind, and frosting with a supple, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, easy orchard-fresh apple, nougat, and poached pear finish with no oak flavor. A fruit-forward chardonnay in a not-too-oaky style.
Bordeleau NV Lot Number 3 Unoaked Chardonnay
83 points
$13
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of fruit cup, fresh cracked pepper, iced green tea, and herb muffin with honey butter with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk finish evoking notes of pear butter and chervil with no oak flavor. A clean and easy quaffer.
Pedroncelli 2017 Signature Selection Chardonnay
83 points
$16
Straw color. Aromas of pressed heritage apples, beeswax, and focaccia with a light body and a short finish. A cider-like chardonnay that opens up unique pairing possibilities.
Paradise Hills Vineyard NV  Chardonnay
83 points
$28.25
Golden yellow color. Curious aromas and flavors of moldable eraser, dried apple, nougat, and butterscotch pudding with a supple, crisp, fruity light body and a sleek, short finish that shows impressions of lemon spritzed apple slices, pumpkin taffy, and cinnamon in honey with light oak flavor. A gentle chardonnay that drinks effortlessly.
83 points $28.25
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