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96 • Ledson 2012 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley $36.
Golden yellow color. Aromas of butter roasted nuts, coconut, and vanilla buttercream with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, and spicy apple pie and Meyer lemon sorbet finish. A delicious, rich, and appetizing chardonnay for all occasions that is a superb marriage of fruit and oak. (tasted on Mar-03-2014)
94 • Woodbury 2012 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, New York State $24.
Pale golden color. Aromas of lemon curd, toasty apple tart, and honeycomb with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy caramelized pineapple accented finish. Great purity, precision, and varietal character. (tasted on Mar-03-2014)
94 • Blakeslee Vineyards 2011 Beacon Hill, Chardonnay, Yamhill-Carlton $36.
Golden straw color. Bright aromas and flavors of green apples, honey, and vanilla cream with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp Meyer lemon and mineral accented finish with great acidity and structure for the table, especially seafood. Drinks like a great Chablis from a warmer vintage. (tasted on Mar-14-2014)
94 • MYKA Cellars 2013 Unoaked, "Mitzi", Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains $19.99. Best Buy. Sustainable Agriculture
Pale golden yellow color. Rich aromas and flavors of tropical fruit medley and peach gelato with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with nuances of sweet pineapple, melon, and coconut water. A vibrantly delicious, mouthwatering chardonnay that is sure to please. (tasted on Oct-13-2014)
94 • Cinnabar 2012 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains $38.
gold color. Aromas of spiced pineapples and apples, gherkins, buttercream, and lilac water with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vanilla hazelnut bark, cedar, and mineral accented finish. A nice range of attractive flavors. (tasted on Mar-10-2014)
93 • Esser Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Monterey $12.99. Best Buy.
Mellow aromas of toasted nuts, meringue, and dried pineapple with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a toasty oak and mouthwatering lemon-guava-passionfruit sorbet accented finish. Excellent vibrancy and balance of fruit and oak. (tasted on Mar-10-2014)
93 • Jarvis 2012 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, Unfiltered, Finch Hollow Vineyard, Chardonnay, Napa Valley $130.
Golden silver color with a minute haze. Aromas of roasted coconut, praline, grilled apples, and buttercream with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, toasty oak, vanilla cream, and spice finish. A very nice and smooth oaky chardonnay for sipping or the table with rich poultry dishes. (tasted on Mar-03-2014)
93 • Mackinaw Trail Winery 2013 Chardonnay-Pinot Gris, Michigan $14. Best Buy.
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of grilled lemon, baked peach, and geranium with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tart, zesty lime, clementine, green apple, and mineral finish. Superb Burgundian style, purity, and balance for sipping or the table. (tasted on May-14-2014)
93 • Villa 46 2013 Chardonnay, Paso Robles $18. Best Buy.
Gold color. Bright aromas and flavors of tropical fruit medley and toasted Hawaiian bread with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of honeyed kiwi and delicate spice with crunchy tannins and light oak. A super sippable chardonnay. (tasted on Sep-29-2014)
93 • Ledson 2012 Reserve, Chardonnay, Carneros $48.
Golden yellow color. Rich aromas and flavors of vanilla, nougat, apple pie, and pineapple marmalade with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a intriguing, medium-length finish with overtones of kiwi, honey, delicate spices, and nuts with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A rich, flavor packed chardonnay with nice balance and length. (tasted on Sep-29-2014)
93 • Parmelee-Hill 2012 Estate, Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley $45.
Old gold color. Rich aromas and flavors of toasty vanilla nougat, pineapple cake, and apple pie with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long finish with notes of spiced melon, kiwi, and lemon tart with silky tannins and moderate oak. A rich and extravagantly styled chardonnay with very present, but judicious oak. (tasted on Oct-20-2014)
92 • Chatom 2012 Chardonnay, Calaveras County $18. Best Buy.
Toasty aromas of pineapple and coconut creme pies with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a generous and juicy spiced apple, vanilla, and nut finish. Well structured and very flavorful. (tasted on Mar-10-2014)
92 • Grgich Hills 2011 Estate, Chardonnay, Napa Valley $42.
Golden color. Oak forward aromas of roasted nuts, grilled coconut, balloon, and beeswax with a dryish medium body and tangy honeyed lemon, green apple, and melon accented finish. Great acidity and structure with a deft touch of oak for sipping or the table. (tasted on Mar-03-2014)
92 • Grande River Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Grand Valley $15.99. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted coconut and pineapple cake with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of kiwi, apple tart, and lime curd with medium tannins and moderate oak. A robust, seamless chardonnay that drinks like it's much more expensive that it is. (tasted on Aug-25-2014)
92 • Daniel Gehrs 2012 Oak Free, Chardonnay, Central Coast $20. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Mellow aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon, dill, and waxy honeycomb with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, delightful, breezy finish with shades of green apple and grassy earth with fruit tannins and no oak. A stylish and nuanced chardonnay with a nod to the Old World. (tasted on Aug-22-2014)
92 • Westport 2013 "Shorebird", Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope $25.
Pale silvery straw color. Bright attractive aromas and flavors of tropical fruit salad, sweet cream, yellow cherry, and white blossom with a vibrant, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of pineapple sauce, spice apple, and clementine with fruit tannins and no oak. A deliciously different, refreshing and tropical chardonnay. (tasted on Oct-06-2014)
92 • Kalaris 2012 Chardonnay, Napa Valley $52.
Golden straw color. Lively interesting aromas and flavors of cornichon, grilled pineapple, and roasted nut brittle with a supple, crisp, under-carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long finish with impressions of spiced apple and honeyed lemon with silky tannins and light oak. A delicious, stylish chardonnay with distinctive aromatics and fine tuned balance. (tasted on Oct-20-2014)
92 • Lyss 2009 Eiswein Welschriesling Chardonnay, Burgenland $72/375 ml.
Bright medium golden amber emerald color. Attractive aromas and flavors of ripe lychees, toffee, caramel apples, and clarified butter with a creamy, lively, very sweet medium-full body and a seamless, elaborate, very long finish with no tannins and no oak. (tasted on Nov-17-2014)
91 • Blakeslee Vineyards 2012 Beacon Hill, Chardonnay, Yamhill-Carlton $38.
Golden silver color. Aromas of pineapple, yellow apple and nougat with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy Meyer lemon, vanilla, cedar, and chalk accented finish. A deliciously mouthwatering old world styled chardonnay. (tasted on Mar-14-2014)
91 • McIlroy 2012 Aquarius Ranch, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley $19.99.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Pale golden color. Aromas and flavors of toasty coconut cream pie, vanilla buttercream, and spice with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a plush tangy caramelized pineapple finish. Lovely balanced oak and rich fruit for sipping or the table. (tasted on Mar-03-2014)