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April 2019 - US Chardonnay

April 2019 - US Chardonnay
This month's Wine feature is US Chardonnay Wines

US Chardonnay Reviews

Iron Hub 2016 Small Lot Chardonnay
93 points
$28
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pickled apples, saffron, sliced pineapple, flint, and nutmeg-spiced nuts with a vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, layered, long finish with notes of fine tea with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bright and tropical Chardonnay that will delight lovers of the style.
Youngberg Hill 2016 Aspen Chardonnay
93 points
$40
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of honey graham cracker, peach blossom, rice candy, tropical rooibos tea blend, and flaky croissant with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, thought-provoking, very long finish displaying nuances of flint with moderate oak flavor. Stunning minerality, concentrated fruit, unique nuance; drink this Chardonnay.
Ledson 2016 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay
93 points
$44
Gold color. Aromas of orchard fruit, toasted brioche, and flint with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a long apple compote, whipped creme, and yuzu finish. A somewhat Burgundian Chardonnay with creamy oak and flinty mineral flare.
Zina Hyde Cunningham 2016 Adelines Vineyard Chardonnay
93 points
$48
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of smoked grape leaves, brown butter, blistered persimmon, and pineapple-jicama relish with a vibrant, full body and a long finish that shows accents of white pepper and toasted Hawaiian bread. A thoughtfully constructed, complex and distinctive Chardonnay with flamboyant, quirky style.
Roger Roessler Wines 2016 Big Bend Chardonnay
92 points
$30
Yellow straw color. Aromas of bruleed lemon, mango, flint, baked pear strudel, and baking spice with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, long pineapple, lemon spritz, tangerine, and white pepper finish with light oak flavor. A somewhat Burgundian Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast with in-check oak and tropical notes flecked by flinty nuance.
Ledson 2016 Sangiacomo Vineyards Chardonnay
91 points
$52
Golden straw color. Oaky aromas and flavors of toasted challah, sticky toffee pudding with toasted coconut, charred oak, and clove with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish that shows notes of bananas flambé and warm spices with crunchy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A very oaky and totally decadent Carneros Chardonnay.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2017 Estate Chardonnay
90 points
$20
Golden straw color. Aromas of spiced apples, lemon curd, buttery pastry, and toasted marshmallow with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long honey-drizzled grilled pineapple, mango yogurt, and toasted coconut finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fruity, slightly smoky Alexander Valley Chardonnay that hits the nail on the head.
Biltmore Reserve 2017 Reserve Chardonnay
90 points
$24
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of spiced apples in creme, honey, smoked vanilla bean, and butter with a crisp, fruity medium-full body and a crisp finish with notes of pineapple and fresh coconut. A very tasty, palate-pleasing buttery Chardonnay from North Carolina.
City Winery 2017 Scopus Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay
90 points
$28
Golden straw color. Fresh aromas of ripe apples and buttered toast with a silky, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a polished, medium-length sliced lemon and starfruit finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A crisp and refreshing Chardonnay with a food friendly style.
Schug 2017  Chardonnay
90 points
$35
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of roasted apple, almond biscotti, fondant, flint, vanilla pound cake, and buttercream with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, appealing, medium-length finish with overtones of cinnamon-sugar toast with moderate oak flavor. A toasty Chardonnay with creamy, spicy flair.
McIlroy 2017 Aquarius Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay
90 points
$36
Golden straw color. Aromas of heirloom pear, almond nougat, wildflowers, and beeswax with a velvety, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-long spiced apples and peaches finish with coating tannins and heavy oak flavor. A voluptuous Chardonnay that delights the senses.
Clone 7 2017  Chardonnay
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas of caramel drizzled nuts, spiced pineapple, and sweet apple muffin with a vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-long steamed milk, vanilla, and spiced melon finish. A vibrant and balanced Chardonnay from Columbia Valley with great length and poignant acidity.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate 2017  Chardonnay
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Gold color. Toasty aromas of cinnamon-sugar toast and grilled lemon with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long pineapple, caramel, and toasty lemon curd Danish finish with moderate oak flavor. A toasty, bright Chardonnay that will hit the spot for fans of the style.
89 points $15 Best Buy
McIlroy 2017  Chardonnay
89 points
$24
Yellow straw color. Aromas of toasty pie crust and pecan praline with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp saffron, butter, candied nuts, and biscotti finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A solid Chardonnay with a roasty, buttery style.
Antler Hill 2017  Chardonnay
89 points
$30
Straw green color. Toasty, fruity aromas of toasted marshmallow, flaky apple pastry, and roast peach with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a charming, medium-length grilled pineapple, toasty oak, and clove finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A smooth, slightly smoky Chardonnay with big fruit and creamy oak.
J. Cage Cellars 2017 La Cruz Vineyard Chardonnay
89 points
$35
Golden straw color. Aromas of apples in vanilla creme and flint with a creamy, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length cinnamon and honey on Greek yogurt, caramel laden nuts, and candied apricot finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A restrained Chardonnay with a luscious creamy palate.
Hagafen 2017 Prix Reserve Chardonnay
89 points
$40
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of mint tea, buttered crumpet with cinnamon, spiced baked apples, and maple with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, breezy finish with light oak flavor. A smooth-sipping Chardonnay with soft fruit, warming spices and herbal nuance.
Esser Vineyards 2017  Chardonnay
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas of buttered nuts, persimmon, roasted pineapple, and almond croissant with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long curry powder and oak chips finish with coating tannins and heavy oak flavor. A layered Chardonnay with a succulent, fruity approach.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Gordon Estate 2017 Estate Chardonnay
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe cantaloupe, fresh cream, pineapple cake, marshmallow fluff on toast, and coconut frosting with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, charming, medium-length finish displaying notes of lemon curd with light oak flavor. A soft and creamy Chardonnay with vivid fruit.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Falkner 2017  Chardonnay
87 points
$34.95
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of ghee, smoked almonds, and lemon curd with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A buttery Chardonnay that attracts with smoky nuance.
87 points $34.95
Folktale 2017 Reserve Chardonnay
87 points
$49.99
Gold color. Aromas of pineapple fluff and fresh cotton with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy candied nuts and lemon custard finish. A buttery Chardonnay with great acidity; pair with lobster rolls.
87 points $49.99
Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Toasted Oak Chardonnay
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of barbecue grilled peach, dried pineapple, and bison grass with a bright, fruity medium body and a breezy finish manifesting notes of béchamel and roasted almonds. A distinctively smoky Chardonnay that offers endless fun when pairing.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Mt. Fury 2017  Chardonnay
86 points
$15.99
Golden yellow color. Aromas of apple pie, buttery croissant, and roasted pineapple with a bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, medium-length toasty oak, caramel-coated popcorn, and coconut cream finish with moderate oak flavor. A solid oaky Chardonnay with a nice sense of balance.
86 points $15.99
Gordon Estate 2016 Reserve Chardonnay
86 points
$23.99
Bright gold color. Aromas of butterscotch, tres leches cake, honey, and dried apple with a velvety, bright, light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A big and bold butter-bomb; extravagant.
86 points $23.99
Bom Vinho Vineyard NV  Chardonnay
86 points
$25
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla soft serve, apple taffy, praline, and coconut custard with a prickly, fruity medium body and a fast finish. An easy-drinking Chardonnay that will be a real crowd-pleaser.
Falkner 2017  Chardonnay
86 points
$26.95
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of steamed milk, graham cracker, apple compote, and cinnamon with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, relaxed finish revealing notes of charred oak with light oak flavor. A solid Chardonnay with plenty of toasty notes to enjoy.
86 points $26.95
Portola Vineyards 2016  Chardonnay
86 points
$30
Yellow straw color. Aromas of cinnamon swirl toast, cream cheese Danish, bananas flambé, and popcorn with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, brisk caramelized mushrooms and Anjou pear finish with light oak flavor. A crowd-pleasing restrained Chardonnay great for the table.
Schug 2017 Estate Grown Chardonnay
86 points
$50
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas of toasted pear pastry with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, fast apple jelly and toasted white bread finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruit-forward California Chardonnay in a quaffable style.
Schug 2017  Chardonnay
85 points
$25
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of whole pineapple, passion fruit custard, and brioche French toast with apple compote with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, short finish. A smooth-sipping Chardonnay for anytime enjoyment.
M Cellars 2017 Reserve Chardonnay
85 points
$28
Golden straw color. Creamy aromas of lemon cake, orange flan, cinnamon roll, butterscotch, and toasted marshmallow with a velvety, bright, fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length puff pastry, candied ginger, and nutmeg finish with moderate oak flavor. A plush Grand River Valley Chardonnay for palate pacifying.
Hagafen 2017  Chardonnay
85 points
$30
Golden straw color. Aromas of underripe raspberry, pink peppercorn, pickled apple, and candied lime with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-length parker dinner roll and caramelized pineapple finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. An interesting melange of fruit flavors star in this creative Oak Knoll expression.
Folktale 2017  Chardonnay
85 points
$39.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried apple, caramel yogurt, toasted nuts, and cedar with a crisp, dryish medium body and a medium-long finish with notes of pickled pineapple. Spicy, incense-like oak stars in this funky Arroyo Seco Chardonnay.
85 points $39.99
Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Bright Steel Chardonnay
84 points
$14.99
Straw green color. Sweet aromas of sweet peach, honeysuckle, honey on pears, and wildflowers with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a charming, medium-length candied almonds and orange blossom finish with no oak flavor. A bright, floral and fruity wine that will please lovers of viognier or dry Muscat, but may disappoint those seeking Chardonnay varietal character.
84 points $14.99
Frey 2017  Chardonnay
84 points
$15
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of stewed apples, plum butter, banana leaf, and roasted agave with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length finish. A nice backbone of acidity balances this very ripe Chardonnay.
Steeple Street 2016  Chardonnay
84 points
$17.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of key lime pie, pineapple-melon shrub, lemon curd, marshmallow creme, and pastry crust with a supple, tangy, dry light body and a tingling, brisk finish. A light and fruity Chardonnay with a clean-finishing palate.
84 points $17.99
Valley of the Moon 2015  Chardonnay
84 points
$21
Golden straw color. Confected aromas of spumoni, sticky toffee pudding, and peanut brittle with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length cream soda finish. A food-friendly Chardonnay for weeknight pairing.
Wildwood Oak Winery 2017 Joshuas Landing Chardonnay
83 points
$33
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of baked apple, spring veggies, and hint of vanilla with a supple, soft, dryish thin body and a polished, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A gentle Chardonnay quaffer for anytime sipping.
Tetrahedron 2016 Graves Vineyard Chardonnay
80 points
$28
Golden yellow color. Dank aromas and flavors of buttered popcorn, lemonade, green tomato, and roasted pickles with a glycerous, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish. A funky Chardonnay to serve with a good chill.
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