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Adelsheim Chardonnay Caitlin's Reserve 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - This new vintage of Caitlin's Reserve was barrel-fermented in 25% new French oak. It went through regular lees stirring and a generally...
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Argot Chardonnay Estate Vineyard 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - Very tight and pithy, with a core of lemon-lime and green apple flavors that are refreshing and expansive, folding in fresh apple, pear...
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Argyle Chardonnay Nuthouse 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - The 2013 Chardonnay Nuthouse is a blend of Argyle's three sites at low and high elevations, barrel fermented and aged for 12 months (25%...
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Auteur Chardonnay Green Acres Vineyard 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - A similar technique was used for the 2013 Chardonnay Green Acres Vineyard from Carneros. This small cuvée seems to have a more buttery...
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Auteur Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2013 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast comes from multiple vineyards, sees about 25% new oak, and again has malolactic blocked. This wine...
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Bethel Heights Chardonnay Estate Grown 2013 375ml

Rated 90 - Fresh and lively, this lighter style offers tension to the pear, citrus and mineral flavors that persist into a focused and expressive...
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Bethel Heights Chardonnay Estate Grown 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - Fresh and lively, this lighter style offers tension to the pear, citrus and mineral flavors that persist into a focused and expressive...
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Boomtown Chardonnay 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - This well-built wine shows just the barest hint of barrel from fermentation and aging in neutral oak which seems to have rounded out the...
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Cakebread Chardonnay Reserve 2013 750ml

Rated 91 - Fully revealing in brioche and preserved lemon, this wine shows a boldness of oak and body alongside an exuberance of ripe, tropical...
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Carneros Hills Winery Chardenet Durell Vineyard 2013 750ml

Rated 93 - This is a sublime, succulent and entirely rewarding white from the great vineyard site that is Durell. The vines used by this producer...
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Carpe Diem Chardonnay Anderson Valley 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - Unusually dry and crisp, this gives up tangy green apple, kiwi and lemon flavors backed by electric acidity, rather light body and a...

2013 Chardonnay United States

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.

Of all the New World wine countries, perhaps the one which has demonstrated the most flair for producing high quality wines - using a combination of traditional and forward-thinking contemporary methods - has been the United States of America. For the past couple of centuries, the United States has set about transforming much of its suitable land into vast vineyards, capable of supporting a wide variety of world-class grape varietals which thrive on both the Atlantic and the Pacific coastlines. Of course, we immediately think of sun-drenched California in regards to American wines, with its enormous vineyards responsible for the New World's finest examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, but many other states have taken to viticulture in a big way, with impressive results. Oregon, Washington State and New York have all developed sophisticated and technologically advanced wine cultures of their own, and the output of U.S wineries is increasing each year as more and more people are converted to their produce.