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Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Nuits-Blanches Au Bouge 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - Another white brought up in new French oak, the 2012 Chardonnay Nuits Blanches Au Bouge offers classic Chardonnay notes of ripe orchard...
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Auteur Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - As did all of these Chardonnays, the 2012 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard had its malolactic fermentation blocked. Similar to a grand cru...
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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay 3d 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - Orange peel, honey, spice, mint and sage are some of the many notes that inform the 2012 Chardonnay 3-D. This is another deep, textured...
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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Hapgood 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - Aromas of fresh raspberry, blueberry and boysenberry are intense, snappy and vibrant, with zesty acidity, firm tannins and a stemmy edge...
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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Machado 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - A more mineral and floral expression of Chardonnay emerges from the 2012 Chardonnay Machado. Lemon oil, white flowers and slate are some...
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Chateau Montelena Chardonnay 2012 1.5Ltr

Rated 90+ - You know you're doing something right when, after 45 years of Chardonnay winemaking, they name a California Chardonnay style after your...
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Clos Du Val Chardonnay 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - Attractive notes of tangerines, lemon blossom and fresh apple skin emerge from the medium-bodied 2012 Chardonnay from Carneros. This...

2012 California Chardonnay

California as a wine producing region has grown in size and importance considerably over the past couple of centuries, and today is the proud producer of more than ninety percent of the United States' wines. Indeed, if California was a country, it would be the fourth largest producer of wine in the world, with a vast range of vineyards covering almost half a million acres. The secret to California's success as a wine region has a lot to do with the high quality of its soils, and the fact that it has an extensive Pacific coastline which perfectly tempers the blazing sunshine it experiences all year round. The winds coming off the ocean cool the vines, and the natural valleys and mountainsides which make up most of the state's wine regions make for ideal areas in which to cultivate a variety of high quality grapes.
Of all the white wine grape varietals, surely the one which has spread the furthest and is most widely appreciated is the Chardonnay. This green skinned grape is now grown all over the Old and New Worlds, from New Zealand to the Americas, from England to Chile, and is one of the first varietals people think of when considering white wine grapes. Perhaps this is because of its huge popularity which reached a peak in the 1990s, thanks to new technologies combining with traditional methods to bring the very best features out of the Chardonnay grape, and allow its unique qualities to shine through. Most fine Chardonnay wines use a process known as malolactic fermentation, wherein the malic acids in the grape juice are converted to lactic acids, allowing a creamier, buttery nature to come forward in the wine. No grape varietal is better suited to this process than Chardonnay, which manages to balance these silky, creamy notes with fresh white fruit flavors beautifully.