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Alma Rosa Chardonnay El Jabali Vineyard 2016 750ml

Rated 93 - The 2016 Chardonnay El Jabalí Vineyard is decidedly rich in style, which is a bit of a departure from the past. Lemon confit, almond,...
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Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Nuits-Blanches Au Bouge 2015 750ml

Rated 95 - Rich aromas of sandalwood, cinnamon, brioche French toast, vanilla and nutmeg make for a lush and attention-grabbing entry to this...
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Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict 2017 750ml

Rated 93 - The 2017 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is ample, creamy and super-expressive, with terrific textural nuance and tons of class....
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Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Xxxv Anniversary 2015 750ml

Rated 96 - A wine of total allure, the 2015 Chardonnay 30th Vintage Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is remarkably vivid and nuanced. Orange peel, wild...
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Ballard Lane Chardonnay 2017 750ml

Ballard Lane’s round and full body Chardonnay will unleash plenty of toasted oak aromas mingled with melted butter infused with fresh cut apples...
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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills 2015 750ml

Rated 92 - Refined and powerful, with concentrated flavors of green apple, ripe citrus and mineral that are deftly supported by fresh acidity....
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Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills 2016 750ml

Rated 93 - Fruit notes combine Granny Smith apple with ripe amalfi lemon. A touch of hazelnut signals masterful and very restrained handling of oak...
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Cambria Chardonnay Katherine's Vineyard 2017 750ml

Rated 91 - #61 TOP 100 WINES OF 2019 - Well-structured, with a smoky richness to the mineral-infused apple and pear tart flavors. The fresh, spicy...
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Chamisal Vineyards Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills 2016 750ml

Rated 92 - Fresh and bright aromas of wild lime, chilled melon, Meyer lemon rind and a bit of toast make for a very inviting nose. With this...
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Foxen Chardonnay Tinaquaic Vineyard 2014 750ml

Rated 93 - Even better, the 2014 Chardonnay Tinaquaic Vineyard is a rich, medium to full-bodied, textured effort that offers lots of lemon curd,...
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California Chardonnay Santa Barbara 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.

Santa Barbara is home to many of California's most sought after wines, with a powerful reputation for superbly crafted, old world style big, flavorful and complex red wines. The white wine industry in the region is growing, too, with many wineries within Santa Barbara successfully experimenting with several classic white wine grape varietals. As in much of California, Santa Barbara benefits from the blazing west coast sunshine, coupled with cooling Pacific Ocean breezes and fogs, which help to temper the grapes and slow the ripening process, thus ensuring more flavor and aroma in the resulting wines. Although Santa Barbara is a relatively young wine region, it is home to many wineries who are extremely dedicated when it comes to demonstrating just how good their terroir is, and how characterful their region's wines can be.

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.