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93 • Darcie Kent 2011 DeMayo Vineyard, Chardonnay, Livermore Valley $18. Best Buy.
Golden color. Rich aromas of vanilla flan and pineapple-lemon pie with a silky,fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, juicy coconut-vanilla cream, toasty kiwi-lime tart, and spicy white toffee finish. A decadently delicious oak aged chardonnay that is effortlessly drinkable. (tasted on Mar-11-2013)
93 • Mooney Family 2011 Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands $38.
Nice nose, ripe fruit scents, mostly apples with a fresh cream back note. On the palate ripe pineapples come on. Tangy big flavors are refreshing. Youthful, creamy vanilla and spice finish. (tasted on Mar-11-2013)
92 • Easley 2011 Vintner Reserve, Chardonnay, Indiana $19.75. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Aromas of coconut cream pie, caramel apple, and white blossoms with a rich, supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, baking spices, crunchy apple, tart pineapple, and praline driven finish. A juicy well oaked chardonnay that has a lot of class and balance. Serve with Alaskan king crab. (tasted on Mar-11-2013)
91 • Concannon 2011 Conservancy, Chardonnay, Livermore Valley $15. Best Buy.
Zesty aromas of caramelized lemons and pineapples, Key lime pie, and spiced white toffee with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and an Asian spice and kiwi accented finish. Great acidity and uniquely spicy and lively. (tasted on Mar-11-2013)
91 • Pollak Vineyards 2011 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Monticello $20.
Golden silver color. Aromas of ripe yellow apples on the tree with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a creamy, pineapple gelato, vanilla nougat, and delicate spice finish. Wonderful balance and restraint with a solid core of fruit and creamy oak. (tasted on Mar-18-2013)
91 • Easley 2011 Non-Oak, Chardonnay, Indiana $12. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Mellow aromas of honeycomb, spiced nuts, baked apple, lemon, curd and kiwi with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body follow with lively, tangy flavors sand a juicy mouthwatering honeyed melon accented finish. Delicious and vibrant. (tasted on Mar-11-2013)
90 • Manzoni Estate 2011 North Highlands' Cuvée, Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands $30.
Deep straw color with an emerald copper cast. Fun nose: toasted coconuts, a bit of a buttery caramel note and grilled pineapple. Full-bodied and rich lively flavors follow with a nice oak spice finish. (tasted on Mar-11-2013)
90 • Robert Hall Winery 2011 Chardonnay, Paso Robles $18. Best Buy. Sustainable Agriculture
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of lemon tart, praline, and spiced apple with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a round vanilla and tangy pineapple accented finish. Lovely refreshing balance for sipping or the table with seafood. (tasted on Mar-11-2013)
90 • Weibel Family 2009 Estate Bottled, Chardonnay, Mendocino County $14.95. Best Buy.
Enticing, yet subtle nose of spiced apples, cardamon and nougat. Rich flavors follow seamlessly along with a lengthy balanced finish. (tasted on Mar-11-2013)
90 • Schug 2011 Heritage Reserve, Chardonnay, Carneros $35.
Golden yellow color. Toasty aromas and flavors pineapple creme brulee, apple pie, and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a well balanced oak spice, cedar, and mineral nuanced finish. Very classy and balanced. (tasted on Mar-18-2013)
89 • Alba 2011 Estate Reserve, Chardonnay, Warren Hills $13.99. Best Buy.
Pale golden color. Floral aromas of raw honeycomb, jasmine orange tea, and exotic tropical fruits with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, spicy apple, pineapple, praline, and mineral accented finish. Very distinctive and tasty. (tasted on Mar-18-2013)
89 • Hacienda 2011 Chardonnay, California $8.99. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla custard, spiced apple, and pineapple sorbet with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, tangy, lemony, palate cleansing finish. A really nice California chardonnay. (tasted on Mar-11-2013)
89 • Sinclair Estate 2011 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $28.
Ripe yellow apple, lime and a light caramel aroma is the first impression. Lemony flavors follow with good length and balance and the clean, toasty finish lingers. A tasty well-rounded chardonnay. (tasted on Mar-11-2013)
88 • Castoro Cellars 2011 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Paso Robles $14. Best Buy. Sustainability in Practice Certified
Golden yellow color. Lightly toasty aromas of spiced nuts and pineapple upside down cake with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, apple sauce and lemon gelato finish. A tasty, straightforward chardonnay for sipping or roasted poultry. (tasted on Mar-11-2013)
88 • Wollersheim 2011 Chardonnay, American $14. Best Buy.
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of cashew toffee, coconut and apple tart with a soft, dryish medium body and a tangy, tart pineapple and creamy vanilla finish. A nicely oak chardonnay for sipping or the table. (tasted on Mar-11-2013)
88 • Forest Glen 2011 Chardonnay, California $10.99. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Aromas of lemon cream pie and cinnamon apple tart with a silky, fruity medium body and a creme brulee and tangy pineapple finish. A juicy, refreshing and delicious chardonnay that is sure to please. (tasted on Mar-11-2013)
88 • Coastline 2011 Chardonnay, Monterey County $11.99. Best Buy.
Green apple aromas lead with a hint of key lime mousse and toast. Richly textured flavors follow along with lively acidity. A great choice for scallops or a nice sipper. (tasted on Mar-11-2013)
87 • Cedar Creek 2011 Unoaked, Chardonnay, American.
Golden straw color. Aromas of baked pears, apples, and nuts with a supple, dryish medium body and a kiwi, lemon, tarragon, and mineral accented finish. A nice dry chardonnay that will be good with grilled fish and seafood. (tasted on Mar-11-2013)
87 • Alexandria Nicole 2012 "a-SQUARED", Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills $14. Best Buy.
Fun scents of apple pie and lime candies lead. Later as the wine opened up more of a refreshing tropical candy nose. That said, supple soft balanced fruit flavors were the first impression and these lingered with a bit of warmth in the finish. (tasted on Mar-11-2013)
87 • Carmenet 2011 Reserve, Vintners Collection, Chardonnay, California $11.99. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Golden yellow color. Aromas of toasty nuts and coconuts and pineapple cake with a silky fruity medium body and a vanilla cream and tangy green caramel apple finish. A tasty, fruity sipper. (tasted on Mar-11-2013)