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Acacia Chardonnay A By 750ml

Cool temperatures, dense clay soils and extended hangtime on the vine all combine to yield Chardonnay grapes of rare power and complexity. Gentle...
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Acacia Chardonnay A By Unoaked 750ml

Our Unoaked Chardonnay reveals the pure varietal character of the grape, without the influence of oak aging. We selected cool-climate, Central...
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Bouchaine Chardonnay Estate 2015 750ml

Rated 91 - Big, rich and buttery, offering luscious apple pastry, almond tart and ripe pear flavors. The long finish lingers with smoke notes and...
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Clos Du Val Chardonnay 2016 750ml

Flavors of rich, tropical fruit dominate this beautiful 2010 Chardonnay sourced from our Carneros Estate vineyards in southern Napa Valley. The...
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Clos Pegase Chardonnay Hommage Mitsuko's Vineyard 2014 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2014 Chardonnay Hommage is a real beauty, offering up notes of orange blossom, buttered citrus, caramelized apples and subtle oak as...
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Cuvaison Chardonnay 2017 750ml

Rated 91 - Apples, pears, daffodils and lemon rind. Medium to full body, focused acidity and a bright, fruity finish. Drink now.
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Franciscan Chardonnay Cuvee Sauvage 2014 750ml

Rated 91 - Beautifully oaked, this youthful, robustly expressive wine is lemony and salty, offering a high-toned minerality that plays out as stony...
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Merryvale Chardonnay 2017 750ml

Rated 91 - Offers a silky mouthfeel, with flavors of apple tart, lemon curd and apricot. Light, creamy notes emerge midpalate, leading to a sleek,...
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Patz & Hall Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard 2013 750ml

Rated 93 - Pale, bright yellow. Pure, high-pitched aromas of lemon oil, tangerine and ginger. Refreshing, fine-grained and light on its feet,...
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Rombauer Chardonnay 2018 750ml

Juicy peaches, pineapple and lime greet the nose, followed by vanilla and cedar. Ripe tropical fruit and fig jam flood the lush, silky palate. Soft...
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Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch 2015 750ml

Rated 94 - Always impressive in its grasp of power and grace, this white is memorable from start to finish, beginning with a dark golden-hay color...
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California Carneros Chardonnay United States

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.

Carneros is one of California's key wine producing regions, situated close to the Pacific coast. Although Carneros is relatively young, having been first used for viticulture in the 1940's, it has proven to be a highly successful region, capable of growing high quality grapes and producing wines of real character and distinction. Unlike many other regions of California, Carneros is considerably cooler, and benefits from the tempering effect of Pacific fog on the vineyards. As a direct result of this, Carneros wineries are able to produce fine grape varietals which require cooler temperatures, such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – grapes perfect for the sparkling wines the region has become famous for. However, plenty of still red and white wines are made in the region, from a wide array of grape varietals.

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.