March 2022 - US Chardonnay

March 2022 - US Chardonnay
This month's Wine feature is US Chardonnay Wines

US Chardonnay Reviews

Lorenzi Estate 2019 Estate Chardonnay
93 points
$45
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of coconut and banana custard pies, toffee, and milkweed with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-long finish that shows accents of white balsamic drizzled apples, salty roasted chestnuts, and brioche with light oak flavor. A rich and inviting Chardonnay with toothsome and toasty fruit and nut notes.
Lobo 2020 Wulff Vineyard Chardonnay
93 points
$70
Golden straw color. Aromas of whipped cream, cinnamon pastries, and hints of licorice with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, long spiced apples, pumpkin spice latte, and honey-roasted hazelnut finish with heavy oak flavor. A delicious melange of sweet spices is sure to pique the interest of fine California Chardonnay seekers.
McIlroy 2020  Chardonnay
92 points
$28
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of pound cake, caramel buttercream, pineapple upside down cake, and hints of caramelized mushrooms with a round, vibrant, fruity full body and a sleek, intricate, medium-long finish imparting notes of white chocolate brioche with heavy oak flavor. A rich, creamy Russian River Chardonnay that will delight lovers of the style.
Bricoleur Vineyards 2020 Unoaked Chardonnay
91 points
$32
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of kiwi, passion fruit, ripe peach, pickled pineapple, and wildflower bouquet with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long finish that shows suggestions of flint and buttery oat crumble with moderate oak flavor. A well-structured, velvety Chardonnay with a elegant helping of fleshy fruit.
Bricoleur Vineyards 2020  Chardonnay
91 points
$38
Golden straw color. Aromas of toasted marshmallow, chess pie, and sandalwood with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long pineapple custard, flaked coconut, and hints of aniseed finish with moderate oak flavor. A creamy Chardonnay with vivid coconut and custard flavors.
Kalaris 2016 Oak Knoll Chardonnay
91 points
$59
Light gold color. Aromas of honey-roasted cashews, pound cake, spiced apple pastry, honey-butter on cornbread, and caramel with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, intricate, very long fine herbs and hints of apricot finish with heavy oak flavor. A heavily oaked, buttery Chardonnay that offers a decadent, high impact flavor journey for Napa Chardonnay lovers.
Seven Rings 2020  Chardonnay
90 points
$21
Straw color. Aromas of milk toast and creme anglaise with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length coconut cream, fresh orchard apples, croissant, and black tea with lemon finish with moderate oak flavor. An oak-laden Chardonnay with creamy mouthfeel; a palate-pleaser.
Diora 2019 La Grande Lumiere San Bernabe Vineyard Chardonnay
90 points
$40
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of grilled pineapple, meringue, and honeycomb on toast with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, easy finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, flavor packed Chardonnay that strikes a fine balance between fruit and oak.
Moffett 2019 Malliris Vineyard Went Clone Chardonnay
90 points
$40
Light gold color. Creamy, toasty, tropical aromas and flavors of coconut and banana cream pies, apple fritter, and celery with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-length finish with notes of honeycrisp apple, starfuit, melon, and minerals with no oak flavor. An intriguing Chardonnay that suggests hefty American oak on the nose but delivers European refinement and balance on the palate.
McIlroy 2020 Aquarius Ranch Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay
89 points
$42
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of grilled lemons, mango smoothie, and caramel custard with a velvety, crisp, fruity light body and an even, interesting, breezy finish with notes of lemon drop with moderate oak flavor. A ripe and rich Russian River Valley Chardonnay.
Cupcake 2020  Chardonnay
88 points
$11
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple upside down cake, apple tart, and praline with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length finish with touches of tropical fruit salad and vanilla cream with well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, fruity, Chardonnay pleaser.
88 points $11 Best Buy
7cellars 2020 The Farm Collection Chardonnay
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of caramel apple with cashews, nice floral arrangement, and cracked pepper and paprika with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of vanilla creme and grilled pineapple and papaya with a suggestion of oak flavor. A mellow and easy drinking Chardonnay with a nice savory spice accent.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Conservancy 2019  Chardonnay
88 points
$19
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple and mango relish and lemon blossom honey with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, breezy finish with notes of apples in cream and nougat with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A round and welcoming Chardonnay with a nice balance of fruit and oak.
Ron Rubin 2019  Chardonnay
88 points
$20
Golden straw color. Aromas of apple walnut muffin, toasted oats, fine spices, and starbucks shop with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, medium-to-long honey on citrus and custardy popovers finish. A bold, warmly spicy Chardonnay with rich nutty oak.
Telve Di Sopra Vineyard 2020 Single Vineyard Chardonnay
88 points
$24
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of fresh heirloom apple with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish with notes of roast peach and minerals with no oak flavor. Find exceptional purity and charm in this fruit-worshiping Chardonnay.
Grgich Hills 2019 Estate Grown Chardonnay
88 points
$44
Straw green color. Aromas of marmalade on toast, apple pastry, butter poached pears, and spiced pineapple chutney with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long golden kiwi, flaky croissant, hints of passionfruit, and white pepper finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, tropical Chardonnay with fine oak; lovely balance and nuance
Beringer 2019 Founders Estate Chardonnay
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of spiced apple pastry, pumpkin loaf, and crushed pineapple with toasted coconut with a satiny, crisp, light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length finish with notes of bananas flambé, buttered croissant, and pina colada with heavy oak flavor. A cheerful oaky charmer with toasty tropical notes.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Archetype 2020  Chardonnay
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple and papaya slices, vanilla toffee, and brazil nut with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy finish imparting notes of apple and kiwi with coconut milk, nuts, and moss with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A zippy Chardonnay for sipping and hors d’oeuvres.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Cloud Watcher 2020  Chardonnay
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Brilliant straw green color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, spiced pineapple and lychees, hint of palo santo ash, and bay leaf with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish that presents elements of vanilla yogurt nuts with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice and even Chardonnay sipper that drinks effortlessly.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Bright Leaf Vineyard 2019 Estate Chardonnay
87 points
$16
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of fallen apple, lambda on sourdough toast with lemon zest, overripe melon with hazelnut vinaigrette, and oyster with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of spiced apple and pineapple, clementine, savory cumin spiced nuts, and buttered biscuits with a suggestion of oak flavor. A lithe, savory, appetizing Chardonnay that will be a great aperitif or table companion.
Summit NV  Chardonnay
87 points
$19
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of green pineapple and papaya, buttery praline and waffle cone, and lychee with a supple, soft, dryish thin body and a smooth, short-lived finish manifesting accents of lemon squeezed apple slices and nut skin with dusty, leafy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice dry Chardonnay for the table.
Via Vecchia NV White Dress Chardonnay
87 points
$20
Old gold color. Aromas of honey, dandelion, dried pineapple, roasted nuts, and orange smoothie with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long flint, fresh grapefruit, and pressed nut bar finish with well-integrated, medium tannins. A funky, natural wine-like Chardonnay; charmingly flawed.
Diamondback Vineyards 2016 Manchester Ridge Chardonnay
87 points
$48
Golden straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of chocolate turtles, honey roasted pineapple, honeycomb and taffy, and hint of bbq turkey jerky with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of roasted apples and figs, kiwi, and mixed nuts with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and light oak flavor. A supple and delicate Chardonnay with an intriguing range of flavors and aromas.
Johnson Estate 2020 Feelings Creek Reserve Bright Steel Chardonnay
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, ripe peaches, beeswax, apricot, and dandelion with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, agreeable finish that presents overtones of kiwi on greek yogurt and pressed flowers with no oak flavor. A floral and honeyed Chardonnay that will please lovers of dry Muscat.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Butternut 2019  Chardonnay
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of waxy vanilla candle, coconut macaroon, and eraser with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, easy finish that presents suggestions of apple tart a la mode with a suggestion of oak flavor. A rock solid, round and welcoming Chardonnay sipper.
86 points $15 Best Buy
River Road 2019 Double Oaked Chardonnay
86 points
$16
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried apple in greek yogurt, candle wax, and cedar spice cabinet with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with accents of pineapple upside down cake and honey butter with a suggestion of oak flavor. A smooth and effortless Chardonnay sipper.
Gravel Bar Winery 2019  Chardonnay
86 points
$17
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of buttery pistachio toffee and kettle corn, caramelized tropical fruits, and cheese rind with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-long finish imparting suggestions of table and cider apples and nuts with light oak flavor. A nice, refreshing Chardonnay with a finely balanced dry-yet-fruit character.
Bota Box NV  Chardonnay
86 points
$22
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of banana cream pie, lemon bar, and bergamot with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A cheerful everyday Chardonnay.
Biltmore Reserve 2019  Chardonnay
86 points
$25
Golden straw color. Tropical, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted pineapple, coconut and nuts and french toast with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of honey roasted apples and spiced nuts with well-integrated, fruit tannins and light oak flavor. A solid oaky Chardonnay for sipping or casseroles.
Beringer NV Main & Vine Chardonnay
85 points
$6
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of candied apple and vanilla frosting with a round, crisp, dryish light body and a polished, brisk graham cracker, lemon curd, spiced apples, and toasted marshmallow finish with moderate oak flavor. A smooth and easy Cali Chardonnay for weeknight sips.
85 points $6 Best Buy
Shoreside 2020 Buttery Chardonnay
85 points
$8
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of spiced cashews, apple tart with creme fraiche, tea leaves, and kids vitamins with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, agreeable finish with elements of lemon custard with a suggestion of oak flavor. A supple and effortless Chardonnay for happy hours and days.
Crossways Winery 2020  Chardonnay
85 points
$28
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of waxy apple and roasted cashews and hazelnuts with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp finish with light oak flavor. A simple, pure, and direct Chardonnay with appealing roasted fruit and oak flavors.
101 North NV  Chardonnay
84 points
$5
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of roasted pineapple and mango, buttercream, and chervil with a supple, soft, dryish medium body and a smooth, medium-length spiced apple and caramel custard finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A nice easy-drinking, oak-accented Chardonnay sipper.
84 points $5 Best Buy
Stolen Season NV  Chardonnay
84 points
$5
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and citrus and sticky rice with mango with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, breezy finish manifesting overtones of spiced apple with a suggestion of oak flavor. A clean and round Chardonnay for everyday pleasure.
84 points $5 Best Buy
Cocobon Vineyards 2020 Roasted Oak Buttery Chardonnay
84 points
$6
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of wet pine and cedar bark, pineapple in cottage cheese curds, crayon, and almond suntan oil with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, easy finish that exhibits accents of spiced apples and nuts with light oak flavor. An earthy, savory Chardonnay for the table.
84 points $6 Best Buy
Devour 2020 Buttery Chardonnay
84 points
$7
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of coconut granola, pencil eraser, hint of cream soda, and banana bread toast with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, swift finish conveying accents of crushed apple and pear, vanilla cream puff, and cedar with a suggestion of oak flavor. A creamy carefree quaffer.
Cupcake 2020 Butterkissed Chardonnay
84 points
$11
Yellow straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of toasted coconut meringue pie, vanilla buttercream, and caramel apple and dried apricot with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with notes of crushed pineapple and spiced nuts with fine, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A pleasant creamy tropical Chardonnay sipper.
Carmenet 2020  Chardonnay
84 points
$13
Light gold color. Smoky aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts and herbs, grilled pineapple, and honey butter with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a silky, breezy finish with notes of apple tart with whipped cream and praline with fine, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An oaky Chardonnay for carefree sipping.
Johnson Estate 2020 Feelings Creek Reserve Toasted Oak Chardonnay
84 points
$14
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla yogurt and coconut candies with a soft, dryish thin body and a sleek, brisk finish that presents accents of white fig with no oak flavor. A light, silky quaffer that will serve as a nice aperitif.
Longevity 2019  Chardonnay
84 points
$16
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of coconut buttercream frosting, pineapple shrub, and apples roasted in parchment with a soft, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of pineapple peach relish, buttery nut brittle, and caramel corn with a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright and bouncy Chardonnay with nice ripe tropical fruit and a caress of creamy oak.
Popcorn 2019  Chardonnay
84 points
$16
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla milkshake and spiced apple pastry with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish conveying notes of juicy pineapple with moderate oak flavor. An apple pie a la mode in a glass.
Biltmore Estate 2020  Chardonnay
84 points
$18
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of apple and melon relish and apple tree leaves with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a easy caramel apple with nuts and roasted fruits aluminum finish with no oak flavor. An easy going Chardonnay for casual sipping with a good chill.
Steeple Street 2018  Chardonnay
84 points
$18
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of sliced banana, vanilla wafer, lemon bars, and orange sherbet with a supple, vibrant, dry light body and a smooth, brisk finish. A simple everyday Chardonnay.
Paradise Hills Vineyard NV  Chardonnay
84 points
$32
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of whole roasted pineapple, hint of tomato vine, vanilla caramel bonbon, and mead with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish conveying notes of char roasted nuts and lemon peels and grilled green apple with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A zesty citrus and nut forward Chardonnay that will play nice at the table.
Shanti 2020  Chardonnay
83 points
$29
Straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of brewer’s yeast, fallen apple, wet linen, and flint with a supple, soft, dryish light body and a smooth, short finish with accents of apple core and lemon pith with a suggestion of oak flavor. An earthy Chardonnay for cheese and crackers.
Winemakers Selection 2019 Classic Series Chardonnay
81 points
$5
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of caramel kefir, grilled over ripe pineapple, and apple wax candy with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, breezy finish with accents of apple crumble a la mode, citrus salad, and butterscotch candy wrapper. A creamy, fruity, carefree sipper.
Palmaris 2019 Reserve Chardonnay
80 points
$23
Golden straw color. Aromas of green apple, banana custard, orange creamsicle, parker dinner rolls, and peach vinaigrette with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk banana yogurt and nutty granola finish with light oak flavor. A smooth and creamy Chardonnay quaffer.
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