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March 2021 - US Chardonnay

March 2021 - US Chardonnay
This month's Wine feature is US Chardonnay Wines

US Chardonnay Reviews

Jarvis 2019 Finch Hollow Chardonnay
96 points
$150
Golden straw color. Toasty, woody aromas and flavors of cedar, roasted nuts, grilled pineapple, and dark caramel and vanilla bean with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, medium-long finish that presents overtones of spiced apples and nuts and cedar plank with moderate oak flavor. A wood-driven, luxurious Chardonnay sipper that comes alive with aeration; decant or cellar.
Awards: 2021 Best Chardonnay
Jarvis 2019 Unfiltered Finch Hollow Chardonnay
95 points
$165
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of butter-sauteed bananas, cedar, fresh herb melange, delicately spiced apples, and praline with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of cream-topped crepes with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A silky, dreamy Napa Chardonnay with great ageability; seriously structured, expertly vinted and highest quality.
Lloyd Cellars 2019  Chardonnay
94 points
$40
Golden yellow color. Attractive, creamy aromas and flavors of vanilla buttercream on white cake, pineapple tart, caramel apple with nuts, and key lime pie with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, layered, very long finish with touches of spicy apple-peach relish, creme anglaise, and praline with fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A wonderfully rich, creamy and comforting Chardonnay to cozy up with.
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2018 Bernau Block Chardonnay
94 points
$45
Pale straw green color. Aromas and flavors of pear blossom, honey, heirloom apples, pickled apricot, spiced whipped cream, and almond croissant with a satiny, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, distinctive, long finish that shows accents of lime zest, pineapple relish, and jicama with light oak flavor. A vivacious, summer-ready Chardonnay with balance, zip, and complexity.
Jarvis 2019 Estate Chardonnay
94 points
$85
Yellow straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple chutney, tamarind, coconut cream, and chess pie with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, complex, long finish with accents of croissant with marmalade, hints of kiwi relish, and caramel with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. A deliciously concentrated and vibrant Chardonnay that delivers.
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2018 Dijon Clone Chardonnay
93 points
$25
Pale straw color. Clean aromas and flavors of finger lime, underripe apricot, Turkish delight, and hints of sassafras with a satiny, lively, dry light body and a smooth, layered, medium-long finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A crisp and steely Chardonnay to drink with shellfish now or after a few years of cellaring.
Grgich Hills 2018 Estate Grown Chardonnay
93 points
$43
Bright straw color. Aromas and flavors of warm peach pie, sweet tea, mangos in cream, and pickled onions with a round, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, nuanced, long finish that exhibits nuances of apricot vinaigrette and pineapple chutney with light oak flavor. An exuberant fruit-forward Napa Chardonnay that delivers intense concentrated flavors with style.
Lobo 2019  Chardonnay
93 points
$65
Golden straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of fluffy buttercream, coconut flake, buttered nuts, and buttered popcorn with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-long finish that shows notes of caramel and pineapple cake with well-integrated, coating tannins and heavy oak flavor. A balanced and tropical Chardonnay with a light, fluffy, velvety style.
Comartin Cellars 2019 R-Bar-R Ranch Chardonnay
92 points
$49
Golden yellow color. Aromas of bananas foster, baked nectarine, bread pudding, vanilla creme, and beurre blanc with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length spiced apple compote, sweet mincemeat pie, and coconut flakes on pineapple finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich, buttery Chardonnay with an elegant tone.
Modus Operandi Cellars 2019 Vicarious Chardonnay
91 points
$35
Golden straw color. Aromas of baked apples and dill with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, complex, medium-long pickled pineapple, guava, toasted Hawaiian bread, and onion jam finish with heavy oak flavor. A spicy, bright and elegantly oaky Sonoma Coast Chardonnay with big personality.
Reflection Ridge 2019 Estate Vineyards Chardonnay
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of toasted marshmallow, candied apple, shaved oak, and young rhubarb with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long roasted nuts, butter-poached peach, hazelnut creme, coconut, and slate finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, oaky Monterey Chardonnay that’s great for warm weather sipping.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Alexandria Nicole 2019 A Squared Chardonnay
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe pear, hints of cardamom, sweet ginger, crystallized citrus peels, fresh popovers, and cream with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish with no oak flavor. A steely, complex Chardonnay that drinks effortlessly.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Conservancy 2018  Chardonnay
90 points
$19
Yellow straw color. Creamy, toasty aromas and flavors of pâte à choux, vanilla pastry cream, and cinnamon-sugar pretzels with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, complex, medium-long finish imparting notes of pineapples in cream and sweet apples with moderate oak flavor. A crisp and clean yet decadently creamy Sonoma Chardonnay that satisfies.
Paradise Ridge 2018 Nagasawa Vineyard Chardonnay
90 points
$44
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of heirloom apples, starfruit, white tea, cedar, toasted baguette, and dried herbs with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, compelling, medium-long finish with nuances of minerals with a suggestion of oak flavor. A reserved but serious Chardonnay with silky, elegant texture.
Chloe 2019  Chardonnay
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Light gold color. Aromas of buttered corn bread, roasted pineapples, candied walnuts, and baked apple with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy spiced pastry and cheesecake finish with no oak flavor. A solid Chardonnay sipper for everyday enjoyment.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Prescription Vineyards 2019  Chardonnay
89 points
$19
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of papaya-pineapple salad, capers, mandarin, coconut cream, and ghee with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a captivating, medium-length finish with accents of jicama and Parker dinner rolls with medium, coating tannins and heavy oak flavor. Bold, buttery notes envelope the palate in this rich and decadent Clarksburg Chardonnay.
Armstrong Valley Winery 2019 Estate Reserve Chardonnay
89 points
$20
Golden yellow color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dark roasted pecan, caramelized apples and pineapples, apple tree, and marigold with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, long finish that shows elements of spicy fall fruit compote, nut torte with powdered sugar, and green papaya with light oak flavor. A rich and rewarding, oak-accented Chardonnay that will be a great pair for roasted poultry dishes.
Cupcake 2019  Chardonnay
88 points
$11
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of toasted marshmallow, banana cream, candied pineapple, broiled meyer lemon, and caramel with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long honey roasted cashews and salty brioche croutons finish with moderate oak flavor. A smooth and fruity Monterey Chardonnay with delicious balance.
88 points $11 Best Buy
Ryder Estate 2019  Chardonnay
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla buttercream, pineapple upside down cake, apple yogurt, and kettle chip with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish that shows notes of meyer lemon marmalade and nectarine. A tasty mouthwatering Chardonnay with crisp fruit and a hint of oak.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Carneros Highway 2019 Nueva Chardonnay
88 points
$20
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of honey-roasted nuts, apple strudel, and creme brulee with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long bruleed citrus, hints of roasted pineapple, caramel, white pepper, and jicama finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich and well-balanced Carneros Chardonnay that’s equal parts decadence and lightness.
7Cellars 2019 Elways Reserve Chardonnay
88 points
$27
Golden straw color. Oaky aromas and flavors of palmier cookies, fresh apples and pears, hints of vanilla, and caramel with a round, vibrant, dryish medium body and a graceful, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of fresh butter with light oak flavor. An oaky and filling but well-balanced Chardonnay with a buttery finish.
Penns Woods 2019 Reserve Estate Chardonnay
88 points
$28
Golden straw color. Buttery aromas of roasted delicata squash, ghee, vanilla bean yogurt, and honey-roasted nuts with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, refreshing, medium-length candied apple and pineapple finish with moderate oak flavor. A buttery, flavorful Pennsylvania Chardonnay with a bright and fruity finish.
Bit Wicked 2017  Chardonnay
88 points
$29
Golden straw color. Aromas of panettone, honey-butter, fresh popovers, and ripe banana with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length roasted agave, condensed milk, lemon curd, and yuzu finish with moderate oak flavor. A distinctive, roasty Chardonnay for creative pairings.
McIlroy 2019 Reserve /Aquarius Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay
88 points
$40
Golden straw color. Aromas of buttered croissant, caramel, candied citrus, dulce de leche cheesecake, and spiced apples with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-to-long pineapple smoothie finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy, oaky Russian River Chardonnay that hits the spot.
Blue Canyon 2019 Estate Grown Chardonnay
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple custard, passion fruit caramel, and marshmallow with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of candied apples with moderate oak flavor. A crisp and flavorful Monterey Chardonnay with lots to enjoy.
87 points $12 Best Buy
7Cellars 2019 The Farm Collection Chardonnay
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of banana cake, honey roasted pecans, spiced apples, and hickory with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long apple tart and brown sugar dusted pineapple finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich and flavorful Arroyo Seco Chardonnay with weighty, luxurious flavors.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Paradise Ridge 2018  Chardonnay
87 points
$30
Golden straw color. Aromas of fresh cream, caramelized mushrooms, parsley, vanilla bean, and flint with a velvety, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, stimulating, medium-length lemon meringue and pine nuts finish with light oak flavor. A savory and distinctive Chardonnay with excellent food affinity.
Firefly Ridge 2019  Chardonnay
86 points
$9
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasted brioche, honey butter, cedar, cinnamon, and buttered popcorn with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish that shows notes of buttered nuts, sultanas, and poached apples with heavy oak flavor. A toasty, velvety Chardonnay that delivers.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Cloud Watcher 2019  Chardonnay
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of Cracker Jack, coconut cream, and hints of lime with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and an effortless, breezy caramel apple cider, toasted cinnamon swirl bread, and graham cracker crust finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. An oaky, juicy everyday Chardonnay.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Benziger 2019  Chardonnay
86 points
$16
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapples in yogurt and sliced peaches with a lightly tannic, dryish light-to-medium body and a crisp finish with accents of sandalwood and lemon bar with leafy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A light-on-its-feet Chardonnay with delicate fruit aromas and a crunchy, oaky palate.
Highway 12 2019  Chardonnay
86 points
$16
Yellow straw color. Creamy aromas and flavors of honey butter, pound cake with apple compote, dried pineapple, and damp moss with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, medium-long finish that presents notes of spiced apple and nuts with a suggestion of oak flavor. A rock solid everyday sipper.
Tribute 2018  Chardonnay
86 points
$16
Light gold color. Fruity, buttery aromas of green apple, banana nectar, buttery pastry, and bruleed lime with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length pineapple preserves and hints of coconut finish with moderate oak flavor. A balanced and fruity Chardonnay that will play well as a sipper and at the table.
Biltmore Estate 2019  Chardonnay
86 points
$18
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of golden apples, asian pear, honeycomb, bruleed citrus, and flaky coconut with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a polished, charming, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A crisp, clean and gulpable Chardonnay with lively, fruity aromatics
Black Box 2019  Chardonnay
86 points
$19.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of butter-drizzled pineapple, poached mango, cooked lime, and pear custard with a supple, vibrant, dryish light body and a seamless, brisk finish imparting elements of apple compote with a suggestion of oak flavor. A supple and clean Chardonnay to share.
86 points $19.99
Publix Premium 2019  Chardonnay
86 points
$24
Yellow straw color. Aromas of roasted lime, roasted apple, struck match, and thyme with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, buoyant underripe pineapple, soft bread, and dried grasses finish with light oak flavor. A subtle and pairable Russian River Valley Chardonnay with distinctive savory notes and restrained fruit character.
Shoreside 2019  Chardonnay
85 points
$8
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of dried lemon, honey-roasted nuts, and vanilla steamer with a slightly chewy, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, breezy caramel and apple candies finish with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A breezy Chardonnay quaffer for everyday sipping.
It’s a Headsnapper 2018  Chardonnay
85 points
$9
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeycrisp apples, beeswax, toast, and banana yogurt with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with overtones of cinnamon compound butter and baked apple with no oak flavor. A solid Monterey Chardonnay for everyday sipping.
St. Clair Winery 2019  Chardonnay
85 points
$14
Old gold color. Aromas and flavors of buttered popcorn, apple pastry, beeswax, and marshmallow with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish displaying overtones of pineapple cake, candied peach, marmalade, and custard with moderate oak flavor. A rich and fruity Chardonnay with a hefty dose of toasty, buttery oak.
Imagery Estate 2019  Chardonnay
85 points
$19
Yellow straw color. Aromas of toasted marshmallow and apple pie with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk lemon peel, ginger, and pencil shavings finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy, oaky Chardonnay that hits the spot; serve with a good chill.
Owl Block 2018 Reserve Chardonnay
85 points
$19
Yellow straw color. Aromas of spiced apple pie, croissant, toasted pecans, and coconut with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length lemon tea and chamomile finish with light oak flavor. A juicy and buoyant Monterey Chardonnay that’s never too heavy.
Pearmund Cellars 2019 Meriwether Vineyards Chardonnay
85 points
$29
Golden yellow color. Inviting, toasty aromas and flavors of spiced, buttery pastry and apple cider with caramel on whipped cream with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-long finish with drying tannins and heavy oak flavor. A spicy, oaky Virginia Chardonnay for autumnal pairings.
Wildwood Oak Winery 2019  Chardonnay
85 points
$33
Light gold color. Vegetal aromas and flavors of golden tomatoes, dill, bay leaf, and cinnamon pastry with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of marinated artichoke hearts and apples in vinaigrette with moderate oak flavor. A distinctively savory Chardonnay with a big herbaceous personality.
101 North NV  Chardonnay
84 points
$5
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple compote, vanilla custard, spiced apples, and sliced banana with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a seamless, brisk finish displaying notes of toast with honey-butter with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A simple oaky Chardonnay for everyday pleasure.
84 points $5 Best Buy
Cocobon Vineyards 2019 Roasted Oak Chardonnay
84 points
$6
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of French toast, honey butter, pineapple cake, and kettle corn with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with coating tannins. A juicy, toasty, oaky Cali Chardonnay that checks all the boxes.
84 points $6 Best Buy
Barefoot NV  Chardonnay
84 points
$6.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe banana, vanilla pudding, and spiced apple compote with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk finish evoking notes of apricot jam and butter with light oak flavor. A soft and buttery Chardonnay quaffer for everyday indulging.
84 points $6.99
Cupcake 2019 Butterkissed Chardonnay
84 points
$11
Golden straw color. Aromas of melted butter, cinnamon rolls, and cinnamon-sugar pretzel with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, intriguing, medium-length roasted pineapple and toasted Hawaiian rolls finish with moderate oak flavor. A richly styled everyday Chardonnay with big oaky notes.
Pedroncelli 2019 Signature Selection Chardonnay
84 points
$17
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of golden kiwi, cream, and water crackers with a lean, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, brisk finish with notes of dried pineapple and panko with a suggestion of oak flavor. An easy Chardonnay quaffer that refreshes.
Barefoot On Tap NV Buttery Chardonnay
84 points
$19.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of caramel-drizzled apple cobbler, banana cream pie, and fruit cocktail with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with notes of toast with moderate oak flavor. A toasty Chardonnay with pleasing fruitiness.
84 points $19.99
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2019 Estate Chardonnay
84 points
$20
Golden straw color. Aromas of dried apples, cream, and jute with a supple, bright, dry light body and a smooth, brisk pickled apricot finish with light oak flavor. A light Chardonnay to serve with a good chill.
Tailor Made 2017  Chardonnay
83 points
$15
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple candies, honey, ice cider, and vanilla wafers with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish with notes of toast with apple jelly with moderate oak flavor. A fruity, honey-kissed Chardonnay with a crowd-pleasing style.
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