Category: California Chardonnay

MacRostie Winery and Estate Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2020, California



Yellow in color with a golden hue.

Nice nose of citrus, cedar, toast, vanilla, spices, golden apples and white pepper.

Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with oak, vanilla, citrus, apples, light pineapple, pears and light earth.

Tangy finish with limes and black pepper.

This is a tasty Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast. Refreshing and easy to drink. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Needs 15 minutes of airtime to remove some of the vanilla notes, and balance itself out.

Alcohol is well integrated, so you better watch out.

Good by itself or with food, and will be nice to revisit it in a couple of years.

100% Chardonnay grapes were aged in mostly French oak barrels for 6 months on their lees.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$26.

Six Eight Nine Cellars Submission Chardonnay 2020, California



Yellow in color with a golden hue.

Fruity nose of yellow apples, wood, lemons, citrus, smoke, light vanilla and spices.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with apples, citrus, lemons, spices, light oak and vanilla.

Short finish with limes and herbs.

This is a nice and easy drinking Chardonnay from California. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Simple and good for the weekday.

Good for parties or the pool, and better when properly chilled.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

100% Chardonnay grapes come from Sonoma, Napa, Russian River Valley and Monterey County. Aged for 8 months in 25% New French oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$20.




Chalk Hill Estate Winery Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2020, California



Yellow in color with a golden hue.

Strong nose of citrus, oak, vanilla, spices, lemons, apples, light earth, peaches, white flowers and white pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with limes, lemons, oak, earth, vanilla, light grapefruits, spices and black pepper.

Spicy finish with limes and lemon peel.

This is a nice Oaky Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast. Fruit forward and spicy. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Needed 15 minutes of airtime to bring in more complexity, and balance the oak notes.

A nice and easy drinking Chardonnay. Good by itself as a sipping wine and good for parties.

I paired it with a nice day by the pool.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$17.



Gaderian Wines Invisible Vineyard Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019, California



Deep gold in color.

Strong nose of yellow apples, spices, oak, vanilla and lemons.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and fat legs.

Dry on the palate with citrus, apples, oak, vanilla, spices, overripe pears, bitter herbs and nuts.

Medium finish with lemons and almonds.

This is a very tasty Chardonnay from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and fruit forward.

This Single Vineyard is still young and showing lots of oak and vanilla notes. Would be nice to revisit it in a year or two.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a horseradish Cheddar cheese and fresh berries.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$32.

Smith-Madrone Vineyards Spring Mountain District Chardonnay 2017 Napa Valley, California



A pretty deep gold in color.

Fruity nose with red and yellow apples, citrus, herbs, spices, toasted oak, marzipan, light vanilla and white pepper. Lovely nose.

Full bodied and creamy with medium acidity and long fat legs.

Dry on the palate with citrus, limes, vanilla, oak, lemons, apples, pears, spices, bitter herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in length on the finish with almonds.

This is a very enjoyable Chardonnay from Napa Valley.
Showing a nice mouthfeel with nice complexity.

Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. A good quality wine, tangy and spicier than I expected.

Needs time to open up properly, and better when not too cold.

This 4 year old is drinking very nicely now. I had the 2016 a year ago and loved it even more.

Will be nice to revisit it in a few years.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers by the pool.

Chardonnay grapes were barrel fermented and aged for 10 months in (75% new) French oak barrels.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$45.

Castello di Amorosa Winery Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2019, Santa Barbara County, California



Light yellow in color with a golden hue.

Strong nose of yellow apples, pears, melons, spices, toast, vanilla, oak and citrus.

Full bodied and buttery with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with apples, citrus, oak, spices, vanilla, herbs and black pepper.

Medium finish with limes and almonds.

This is a very tasty Chardonnay from Santa Barbara County. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Spicy and interesting.

Would be nice to revisit this Single Vineyard Chardonnay in a couple of years.

Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up and removes some of the oakiness.

A good wine to sip on by the porch, which is exactly what I did.

Aged in French oak barrels.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$35.

Maritana Vineyards Russian River Valley Hansen Hill Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 Sonoma County, California



Light golden in color.

On the nose ripe lemons, yellow apples, oak, light butter, citrus, vanilla, Indian spices, light honeysuckle and light tangerines.

Full bodied, creamy and bold, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with red apples, oak, vanilla, citrus, spices, sea salt, white pepper and light earth.

Nice length on the finish with lemons and almonds.

This is a very tasty Chardonnay from Russian River Valley. Showing nice complexity, especially on the nose. I really enjoyed the nose more than the palate.

This four year old is drinking very nicely now with lots of oak and vanilla notes. Still very fresh.

Good right out of the bottle, and much better after 30 minutes of airtime.

This Single Vineyard Chardonnay is a good quality wine, that will continue to age nicely in the next five years. I’ve had this vintage a year ago, and it is much better now.

Nicely balanced with a great mouth feel. Buttery and creamy, and better when not very cold.

Aged in French oak barrels. A small production of only 350 cases.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$90.

Tolosa Winery 1772 Edna Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay 2018, California

Pretty golden in color.

Strong nose of citrus, oak, vanilla, Indian spices, lemons, apples, pears, light earth and minerals.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, apples, pears, light vegetables, earth, spices and white pepper.

Nice finish with spices and limes.

This is a very nice Chardonnay from Edna Valley in California. Nicely balanced with a smooth mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up.

Showing nice balance between the oak and the fruits, with nice complexity.

This Single Vineyard will age nicely in the next five years.

I paired it with a charcuterie board. A delicious wine.

13.4% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$58.

SaddleHorn Cellars Treehaven Lane Chardonnay 2019, California



Light golden in color with a yellow tint.

Light nose of citrus, pears, light oak, lemons, light herbs and spices.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and a creamy feel.

Dry on the palate with lemons, apples, spices, light oak, vanilla and black pepper.

Short finish with tangy limes.

This is a simple Chardonnay from California. Easy drinking and good for the pool.

As it opens up, it becomes earthier and more interesting, with a touch of old world feel.

Better when properly chilled and would pair nicely with fresh salads.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$18.

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Rubia Wine Cellars Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2019 Russian River Valley, California



Light golden in color.

On the nose citrus, yellow apples, lemons, light oak and vanilla, spices and white pepper.

Full bodied, smooth and lightly creamy, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with apples, melons, pears, spices, light oak, vanilla, earth, light herbs and white pepper.

Nice length on the finish with spices and light almonds.

This is a delicious Chardonnay from Russian River Valley. Well-balanced with a great mouth feel. Elegant and rich.

Good by itself right out of the bottle, and better when not too cold, when the complexity shows up.

The light oak notes are very intertwined and give a luxury feel to the wine.

A good quality wine that would be nice to revisit in 3 years.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

100% Chardonnay grapes were barrel fermented and aged in French oak barrels for 16 months on lees. A very small production of only 6 barrels were made.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$65.