Chardonnay

Chardonnay was the most popular white grape through the 1990's. It can be made sparkling or still. Food pairings: a good choice for fish (even salmon) and chicken dishes. Districts: chardonnay makes the principle white wine of Burgundy (Bourgogne, France), where it originated. Chardonnay is versatile and is grown with success in most viticultural areas under a variety of climatic conditions. Yet it only amounts to 2 percent of the world vine areas. Total chardonnay vines cover more than 160,000 hectares (400,000 acres). The biggest states were in 2005: U.S.A.: California: 44,509 ha; Oregon and Washington state: 3,200 ha France: 35,252 ha Australia: 22,528 ha Italy: 11,800 ha Moldavia: 6,000 ha South Africa: 8,000 ha Chili: 7,500 ha Argentina: 5,155 ha Typical taste of the different types of chardonnay: voluptuous. Chardonnay wines are often wider-bodied (and more velvety) than other types of dry whites, with rich citrus (lemon, grapefruit) flavors. Fermenting in new oak barrels adds a buttery tone (vanilla, toast, coconut, toffee). Tasting a USD 20 Californian Chardonnay should give citrus fruit flavors, hints of melon, vanilla, some toasty character and some creaminess. Burgundy whites can taste very different.

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  1. Louis Latour Chardonnay Ardeche

    Louis Latour Chardonnay Ardeche

    $9.94

    The Grand Ardèche 2011 has a lovely shimmering yellow-green colour. It has a delicate bouquet with a subtle oaky touch. Still young, one must leave it for a few months in order for the the woody notes to be perfectly smooth. It is a very balanced wine with a certain nervousness present on the finish which gives it a very promising future. Learn More
  2. CalNaturale Chardonnay

    CalNaturale Chardonnay

    $11.94

    CalNaturale is the newest entry of superb quality wine into two of the fastest growing segments in the wine industry – wine from organically grown grapes and Tetra Pak Flexible packaging. CalNaturale Chardonnay comes from California’s premium Mendocino appellation highly acclaimed for producing excellent fruit forward wines. *CalNaturale is the First and Only California wine in Tetra Pak made from Organically grown grapes certified by C.C.O.F and Q.A.I. Learn More
  3. 2013 Comtesse de Marion Chardonnay

    2013 Comtesse de Marion Chardonnay

    $12.94

    The Chardonnay “Comtesse de Marion” is vinified in stainless steel, temperature-controlled tanks in order to preserve the aromas and flavors achieved with the family’s dedication and commitment to the vineyard work. To further preserve the wine’s freshness and liveliness, malolactic fermentation is blocked. The result is a wine both refreshing and pleasingly round in texture, a Chardonnay that displays an altogether high level of complexity, for not a very high price. Don’t miss this terrific value! Learn More
  4. 2013 Hess Select Monterey Chardonnay

    2013 Hess Select Monterey Chardonnay

    $13.99

    Winemaker's Notes: Tropical aromas of freshly-cut pineapple and ripe pear. A soft entry of well-balanced fruit and oak persists all the way to a pleasing finish of honeydew melon and crème brûlée. Food Pairing: This wine’s natural acidity complements tangy, spicy foods and will offset the richness of creamier dishes. Enjoy with Asian chicken salad, grilled tuna with melted anchovy butter and lemon, or a creamy pasta dish with Portobello mushrooms. Learn More
  5. 2012 OneHope Chardonnay Fight Against Breast Cancer

    2012 OneHope Chardonnay Fight Against Breast Cancer

    $13.99

    CAUSE

    Fight Against Breast Cancer

    The Gateway for Cancer Research is committed to funding innovative cancer research studies that can help today’s cancer patients feel better, live longer or be cured. Thanks to generous underwriting by Cancer Treatment Centers of America®, 99 cents of every dollar Gateway receives helps to fund phase I and phase II cancer clinical trials at leading research institutions all over the world. Since 1991 Gateway has supported more than 120 clinical trials and funded millions in leading-edge research, including blending the best of conventional and complementary/alternative therapies.

    DESCRIPTION & RATINGS

    WINEMAKER ROB MONDAVI JR. - ONEHOPE California Chardonnay is hand-crafted with a blend of grapes from select vineyards throughout Napa, Sonoma and the Central Coast of California. Our Chardonnay is blended with Muscat and Chenin Blanc displaying a pale gold color with aromas of fresh apple blossom and honeysuckle. Flavors of crisp pear and apple are vibrant on the palate, while its balanced oak and bright acidity makes this wine a great match with broiled or grilled seafood, poultry dishes and a wide assortment of cheeses. 

    HALF of profits from ONEHOPE California Chardonnay sales are donated to non-profits who support the fight against breast cancer.
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  6. Les Petits Carreaux Chardonnay

    Les Petits Carreaux Chardonnay

    $13.99

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  7. 2013 La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

    2013 La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

    $16.94

    The Wine Advocate: 87 points The 2013 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast is an attractive, plush wine with good varietal character and an equally friendly price point. Lemon, spices and mint are layered into the cream finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015. Learn More
  8. Claude Vialade Chardonnay

    Claude Vialade Chardonnay

    $17.94

    Despite having its origins in western France, Chardonnay's immense popularity and flexibility quickly meant that before long, there wasn't a wine producing country in the world which wasn't investing in this fascinating and versatile grape varietal. Today, Chardonnays manage to win fine wine competitions and satisfy supermarket shoppers simultaneously, due to the fact that this grape varietal can take on many characteristics and features of where it is grown and how it is handled. Indeed, this green skinned grape is renowned for not having so much unique flavor within the fruit, but is very sensitive to the features of the terroir it is grown in, as well as to aging As such, it isn't unusual to find bottles of single variety Chardonnay wine described as holding notes of white stone, mountain waters, or other such geological features alongside the more predictable fruit descriptions This makes Chardonnay grape varietal wines an exciting world to delve into – full of surprises, full of delights. Learn More
  9. 2014 Boschendal Chardonnay

    2014 Boschendal Chardonnay

    $17.99

    Wine makers notes: "Classic lime and grapefruit citrus fruit purity enhanced by vanilla nutmeg oak and subtle minerality " Food Pairing roast turkey, chicken vol au vents, Chicken a la king Flavour Profile vanilla, pineapple, mineral, Citrus The palate. Well balanced the soft, buttery character , from barrel fermentation and maturation adds to the complexity and roundness of the wine. Ideally served with fish and shellfish, poultry and soft cheeses, this wine also complements rich, creamy sauces. Learn More
  10. La Pierrelee Chablis

    La Pierrelee Chablis

    $19.94

    A fresh, succulent and harmonious version, this white evokes apple, melon and lemon flavors, with a squeeze of lemon. A mineral element lingers. Drink now through 2016. Learn More
  11. 2014 Gilbert Cellars Unoaked Chardonnay

    2014 Gilbert Cellars Unoaked Chardonnay

    $21.99

    Light, crisp, aromatic, fun. Chardonnay aged in 100% stainless steel. This Chardonnay from the Columbia Valley embraces its time in stainless steel tank, expressing pure aromas of lemon and lily. The palate is wonderfully bright but not without substance, making sure to remind you that you are in fact drinking Chardonnay, not Pinot Grigio. This is a fun alternative to Sauv Blancs as well, as it is light, fruity and energetic. Learn More
  12. Recanati Chardonnay

    Recanati Chardonnay

    $24.99

    Located in Israel’s Hefer Valley, the Recanati Winery is a showcase winemaking facility, equipped with the most innovative technology available today. Owned by Lenny Recanati, a native of Israel with ancestral roots stretching back to Italy, the winery is the fruit of Lenny’s life-long dream to produce truly world-class wines. Chief winemaker is Gil Shatsberg, a graduate of the U.C. Davis wine program. Formerly a winemaker at Israel’s Amphorae and Carmel wineries, Gil brings to Recanati proven expertise in his field, allied to a devotion to artistry and craftsmanship in winemaking.

    Recanati wines are certified kosher .

    Production Area
    Grapes for this Chardonnay are sourced from select hillside vineyards in Israel’s Kerem Ben-Zimra district, at an optimum altitude of 2,500 feet above sea level.

    Grape Varieties
    100% Chardonnay.

    Vinification
    After hand harvesting, the grapes are gently pressed as whole clusters to preserve maximum levels of aroma and flavor. The wine is then fermented in small French oak barrels and aged sur lie for a further nine months. Following the Burgundy tradition, the wine is mixed with yeast every three weeks, thereby enhancing its creaminess, delicate fruit and complexity.

    Color
    Pale straw gold.

    Bouquet
    Delicate aromas of tropical fruit with subtle nuances of caramel and hazelnut.

    Taste
    Full-bodied and harmonious, concluding in a long, smooth finish.

    Serving Suggestions
    Enjoy as an aperitif or with a variety of dishes, including fish, pasta in cream sauces and a wide array of appetizers. Serve chilled.

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  13. 2012 Sturm Chardonnay

    2012 Sturm Chardonnay

    $25.94

    Wrapping, warm, mineral. The aroma is intense and creamy, with typical hints of ripe exotic fruit and bread crust. It is flavourful and fresh, full-bodied and elegant with distinct notes of citrus fruit and vanilla. In the mouth it offers a very important and well balanced complexity. Learn More
  14. LA CREMA Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2013

    LA CREMA Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2013

    $34.94

    This wine opens with layered aromas of vanilla, yellow plum, fresh peach blossom and ripe citrus. On the palate are flavorsof locally grown Gravenstein apple framed by hints of sweet spice and shortbread. The end result is a broad, juicy, andbeautifully balanced mouthfeel. Learn More
  15. 2011 Leeuwin Chardonnay Margaret River Prelude Vineyards

    2011 Leeuwin Chardonnay Margaret River Prelude Vineyards

    $38.99

    Wine Spectator 91points: Fresh and lively, with vibrant acidity to balance the ripe pear and floral flavors, hinting at clotted cream as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2015. Learn More
  16. 2014 Cakebread Napa Valley Chardonnay

    2014 Cakebread Napa Valley Chardonnay

    $49.94

    The 2010 Napa Valley Chardonnay boasts an attractive light golden-straw color and fresh, lightly buttery, ripe golden apple, pear and citrus aromas, complemented by seductive vanilla and cinnamon/nutmeg scents from oak aging and subtle yeast tones from lees contact. Lush, concentrated and creamy on the palate, its ripe apple, melon, bright citrus and baking spice flavors culminate in a long, beautifully structured finish boasting crisp acidity and zesty mineral and spice tones. Sumptuous, yet refreshing Learn More
  17. newton unfiltered chardonnay

    Newton Chardonnay Napa Unfiltered 2013

    $49.94

    A big, rich style. Intense apple and pear flavors. Buttery but not overdone- absolutely wonderful wine with depth that holds your interest! Learn More
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  19. 2010 Domaine Chanson Meursault

    2010 Domaine Chanson Meursault

    $63.94

    Decanter average score: 17.5pts/20 (91/100pts) Individual judge’s scores: SB 18 GD 17 SS 17.5 Quite a rich nose of oak and white flowers. Tastes more like Charmes than Perrières. Nonetheless a good and concentrated wine, with firm acidity, a fine-grained texture and considerable drive and persistence. Drink 2013–2022 Alc 13.5% Decanter judges: Stephen Brook, Gearoid Devaney MS and Steven Spurrier Read more at http://www.decanter.com/wine/labels/34353/slideshow/11/meursault-premiers-crus-2010#feE3hIZidgRpBfdp.99 Learn More
  20. 2012 Evening land La Source Chardonnay

    2012 Evening land La Source Chardonnay

    $91.99

    Fresh, elegant and expressive, with a lovely open texture that lets the spicy, minerally pear and pineapple flavors glow brightly as the finish gains momentum. Has depth and sinuous shape. Drink now through 2020. 350 cases made. –HS

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