The Chardonnay wines listed below represent some of the best California Chardonnay currently available. Selections are based on quality, customer feedback, sales and availability (why tell you about wines that are no longer available, right?)
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Arising from Napa Valley’s distinguished Oak Knoll District, Darms Lane represents an upper echelon level Chardonnay at a down-to-earth price. Notably, Darms Lane’s winemaker is Brian Mox, former winemaker at Lewis Cellars.
Tasting Notes: “Dazzling aromas of candied lemon, honey and crème brulée, set the stage for what’s to come. On the palate, fascinating layers of baked apples, pineapples, honeysuckle, toasted almonds and vanilla oak. A brilliant touch of acidity, complements the decadently full and luxurious finish…” Retails at: $
28.00; Your Price: $26.99
A renowned Sonoma Coast Vineyard, the Heintz Ranch has been owned and operated by the Heintz family since 1912. A number of top wineries, like Williams-Selyem, DuMOL and Peirson-Meyer have also purchased fruit from Charles Heintz Vineyard. Robert Parker made a statement to his readers that the Charles Heintz Vineyard is “one of the great Grand Cru Chardonnay sites in California.” Retails at: $
40.00; Your Price: $26.99 – YOU SAVE 32%
If you were to serve Foley Johnson’s new Carneros Chardonnay in a brown bag, and tell your friends they were drinking a $50 Napa Chardonnay, they’d be so entranced by the lemon meringue and crème brulee flavors, that all they’d be thinking about is how they could get another glass. Composed by Steve Nelson, former assistant winemaker at Lewis Cellars and winemaker at Chalk Hill. Also, Foley Johnson’s powerhouse consulting winemaker is David Ramey, one of the great pioneers in the wine industry. Retails at: $
38.00; Your Price: $29.99 – YOU SAVE 20%
From Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, “The 2013 Proprietary White Mannequin, which draws fruit from diverse regions of Northern California such as the Carneros Basin and the Sonoma Coast, is actually a blend of 76% Chardonnay, 8% Viognier, 6% Marsanne, 5% Grenache Blanc, 3% Muscat and 2% Roussanne. This is amazing wine, a gorgeous, full-throttle, honeyed wine with a light-gold color, oodles of tropical fruits including pineapple and mango, rose petal and floral notes, and beautifully integrated oak (aged in 40% new French oak on its lees for 11 months). This full-throttle wine is completely different and more individualistic than anything I’ve ever tasted. It is a magnificent, full-throttle, exuberant dry white to drink over the next 3-4 years.” 96 Points Your Price: $29.99
An inspiring Chardonnay made by the very talented Jean Haefliger, winemakers at the renowned Alph Omega winery, and previously at Newton.
Tasting Notes: “An exquisite perfume of freshly buttered popcorn, honeyed hazelnuts, caramelized pear, peach marmalade and a hint of mango is followed by an exceptionally full-bodied, multi-leveled, ripe, California Style Chardonnay with terrific weight and wonderfully expansive flavors. Completely wrapping your palate with silky nuances of buttered popcorn, honeyed pineapple and white currants, intertwined with notes of white pear and orange blossoms.” Retails at: $
32.00; Your Price: $29.00
A sensual and beautifully detailed California Chardonnay, this phenomenal wine is made by Julien Fayard, who learned his craft at Chateau Lafite Rothschild. Julien then gained valuable, first-hand experience as Director of Winemaking for Philippe Melka at elite Napa Valley producers like Lail, Gemstone, Hundred Acre, Vineyard 29, Mastery. Absolutely weightless upon entry, exquisite flavors wrap your palate in a silk blanket, laced with white peach, caramelized apples, honeyed apricot, lemon oil and subtle hazelnuts. Retails at: $
40.00; Your Price: $29.00 – YOU SAVE 27%
One of the iconic Chardonnays from Napa Valley that is emblematic of many consider to be “classic California Chardonnay,” made in an opulent, oaky, smokey, butter-ball style.
Winery Notes: “Enticing aromas of ripe apple, bright citrus and melon are layered with creme brulee, baking spices and a touch of butter. Vibrant flavors of tropical fruit, baked apple, citrus and white peach meld with vanilla, baking spices and toasted nuts on the creamy, smooth palate. The finish is juicy with mouthwatering acidity that makes you crave another sip.” Your Price: $35.99
A perennial favorite, last year’s version of this wine garnered 95 points in Wine Spectator. This 2015 iteration is every bit as good as the 2015.
Winery Notes: “Grapes for the 2015 Napa Chardonnay came in early and the wine centers around ripe Bosc pear and Fuji apple with delicious caramel custard, pie crust and hazelnut. Thickly textured and satiny smooth like Deux-Sevres butter, the richness and weight are buttressed with native acidity and subtle minerality bringing complexity and length to this delicious wine.” Retails at: $
55.00; Your Price: $49.99
As one of the most iconic and influential winemakers in the world, Paul Hobbs has not only authored some of the greatest cult wines in California, he’s also well-known for his groundbreaking work in Argentina. Additionally, he recently began a joint venture in the Finger Lakes region of New York. His 2014 Russian River Chardonnay is comprised of Ross Station, Edward James, Ellen Lane, O’Connor and Ulises Valdez Vineyards. Paul produces single vineyard Chardonnays from most of those vineyards, which retail for around $90-$100/btl… At $54.99/btl the 2014 Russian River is a great value for a top-level Chardonnay. Paul Hobbs career includesRetails at: $
60.00; Your Price: $54.99
An iconic producer of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah in the Russian River Valley, this 2014 Chardonnay confirms DuMOL’s status as an elite winery.
Winery Notes, “Crystalline aromatic purity with white peach, nectarine and pear fruit alongside lemongrass, flint and mineral notes. Powerful driving palate unfolds. Citrus oil, lemon zest and fresh line juice then ripe stone fruits and almond. Great underlying richness and breadth. Complex savory notes build – celery and sage, beeswax and a smoky flintiness. Deep flavors linger on the lively persistent finish…. drink between 2016 and 2020.” Retails at: $
60.00; Your Price: $56.99
(Subject to prior sale and availability. First come, first served)
A sensual and complex California Chardonnay, Black Cordon’s 8 barrel production Chardonnay from Laguna Road was authored by legendary winemaker Paul Hobbs. Absolutely weightless upon entry, exquisite flavors wrap your palate in a silk blanket, laced with butterscotch, tangerine oil, pineapple jam and lychee nut, beautifully displayed in an exotic and enchanting style.
Although not named on the bottle, fruit for Black Cordon’s Laguna Road Chardonnay comes from the Ulises Valdez Vineyard in Sonoma’s iconic Russian River Valley. Your Price: $60.00
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