$13.24
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Ancient Peaks Winery Chardonnay 2017 750ml

Rated 87 - Quite light in the glass, this bottling shows strong amounts of guava and tuberose on the nose, but also touches of chalk and citrus...
87WE
$16.51
$18.34
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Bishop's Peak Chardonnay 2017 750ml

Rated 91 - (raised in a combination of stainless steel tanks and neutral French oak barrels) Limpid yellow. Bright and energetic on the nose,...
91VM
90WE
90JS
88WS
88JD
$13.90
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$25.74
$26.94
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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...
91WE
$23.44
$24.74
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Chamisal Vineyards Chardonnay Estate 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - This is a massively rich style of Chardonnay bordering on fat, but delicious throughout. The nose offers aromas of golden apple slices,...
90WE
$13.90
$15.54
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Daou Vineyards Chardonnay 2018 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2018 Chardonnay opens with apple pie, baked quince, lemon curd and melon touches with notes of guava, dried hay, toast and a lovely...
92WA
$36.94
$39.54
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Daou Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve 2016 750ml

Rated 92 - There's no doubt that the Daou brothers aim for a richer style on their Chardonnay than most Central Coast growers, but each vintage is...
92WE
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$13.45
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Foxglove Chardonnay San Luis Obispo 2017 750ml

Foxglove Chardonnay always represents a great value. With this wine you have the richness of fruit from California's Central Coast giving you...
$20.93
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Talley Vineyards Chardonnay Arroyo Grande - Estate 2017 375ml

Rated 91 - Bright orchard fruits, brioche, toasted bread, and honeysuckle notes all emerge from the 2017 Chardonnay Estate. It's medium-bodied and...
91JD
$22.34
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Talley Vineyards Chardonnay Arroyo Grande - Estate 2017 750ml

Rated 91 - Bright orchard fruits, brioche, toasted bread, and honeysuckle notes all emerge from the 2017 Chardonnay Estate. It's medium-bodied and...
91JD
$17.05
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California Chardonnay San Luis Obispo 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.

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.