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Chamisal Vineyards Chardonnay Califa 2011 750ml

Rated 91 - So dry and acidic that it comes as a surprise how ripe in fruit it is. Apricots, tangerines, limes and peaches are the fruits, along...
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Faiveley Montagny 2011 750ml

Inviting aromas of white flowers and spices, with just a hint of apple. Supple and vinous, offering a tactile texture for this wine from...
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Stony Hill Chardonnay 2011 750ml

Rated 87 - This is marked by flinty citrus, lime, green apple and stone fruit notes, delicately balanced. Clean and vibrant on the finish. A...

2011 Chardonnay

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.