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93 • Williamsburg Winery 2011 "Act 12 of Sixteen Nineteen", Chardonnay, Virginia $18. Best Buy.
Bright golden color. Aromas of spicy apple-pear tart and creme brulee with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a round, vibrant tropical fruit punch and citrus finish. A very appetizing and refreshing chardonnay for sipping or the table. (tasted on Jan-13-2014)
91 • Auburn Road 2012 "The White Bottle", Chardonnay, Outer Coastal Plain $17.99. Best Buy.
Pale golden straw color. Rich aromas of creamy vanilla, coconut macaroon, and pineapple cake with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, tangy kiwi,lime sorbet, spiced apple finish. A delicious, creamy chardonnay that tastes a lot like a nice white burgundy finished in American oak. (tasted on Dec-30-2013)
89 • Williamsburg Winery 2011 Matthew's Chardonnay, Virginia $22.
Golden color. Bright aromas of roasted pineapples and apple, honeycomb, and baking spices with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a brown butter, roasted nut and vanilla kissed finish with woody tannins. Stylish with a deft use of oak. (tasted on Jan-13-2014)
87 • Heron Hill Winery 2012 Unoaked, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes $13.99. Best Buy.
Pale golden color. Aromas and flavors of coconut cream, dried pineapple, and apples on the tree with soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a slick, nougat, lemon, and peppery spice accented finish. A charming every day chardonnay that should cover a lot of bases. (tasted on Dec-30-2013)
86 • Great Frogs NV "Annapolis White", Virginia $13. Best Buy.
golden yellow color. Aromas of grilled pineapple and yeasty apple pies with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a white nut fudge and pear skin finish. Nice smoke and earth nuances for the table. (tasted on Dec-30-2013)
86 • D.H. Lescombes 2012 Chardonnay, New Mexico $15. Best Buy.
Aromas of coconut cream, pineapple yogurt, and dusty nutshells with a supple, dryish medium body with a lemon meringue, lime, cake flour, and cedar bark accented finish. (tasted on Jan-20-2014)
86 • Diversion 2011 Chardonnay, Washington $11.99. Best Buy.
Pale golden color. Aromas of coconut cream, nougat, and dried tropical fruits with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and toasted ground almond, pineapple, toasted oak, and spice finish. A tasty everyday sipper. (tasted on Jan-16-2014)
85 • Pend d'Oreille 2012 Chardonnay, Idaho $18.
Golden yellow color. Aromas of toasted coconut and pineapple custard with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a honey baked apple, vanilla milk, cedar, and brown spices accented finish. A pleasantly mellow, oak driven chardonnay. (tasted on Jan-20-2014)
85 • Dr. Konstantin Frank 2011 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes $14.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Golden yellow color. Interesting aromas suggest cannabis, dark roasted nuts, and spicy baked apples with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy lemon, vanilla, earth, and spice accented finish. (tasted on Dec-30-2013)