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Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay Belle Terre Vineyard 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - A wine of texture and resonance, the 2013 Chardonnay Belle Terre Vineyard impresses for its balance. Honey, smoke, hazelnuts and...
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Stonestreet Chardonnay 2012 750ml

The 2012 Estate Chardonnay delivers a distinct mineral backbone alongside a strong citrus element. Tangerine and marmalade emerge first from the...
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Stonestreet Chardonnay 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - Stonestreet's 2013 Estate Chardonnay is fabulous. Apricot pit, butter, spices, wild flowers and honey meld together in a Chardonnay...
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Stonestreet Chardonnay Upper Barn 2011 750ml

Rated 95 - (from a Hyde Wente clone): Full bright yellow. Ripe, deep aromas of lemon peel, tangerine, beeswax, crushed rock and dusty herbs, with...
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Stonestreet Chardonnay Upper Barn 2013 750ml

Rated 93 - The 2013 Upper Barn, a vineyard that Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer made famous, spends 11 months in 49% new French oak and is...

Alexander Valley Chardonnay Sonoma Valley

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.
California's beautiful and remarkably fertile Sonoma Valley has grown over the decades to become one of the United States' most respected and profitable wine regions, with wineries within the region benefiting from the superb Californian sunshine, low rainfall and wonderfully rich soils. Because of this vital combination of excellent conditions, the region is able to grow a wide range of grape varietals for use in the production of an impressive array of wines, with many different red and white wine grapes flourishing each year and producing excellent and characterful results. The soils have been enriched by volcanic activity, and the presence of geothermal springs, which make this region a unique one, and very much the beating heart of California's ever growing wine industry.