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750ml
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Pour a glass and you’ll discover a brilliant golden liquid overflowing with aromas of crisp citrus, green apple,...
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750ml
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Rated 89 - The 2017 Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyards opens with aromas of lemon meringue, popcorn, banana chip and...
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Rated 89 - The 2019 Chardonnay Wetzel Family Estate is scented of green pears, white flowers, baker's yeast and...
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Bottle: $19.43 $21.59
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Rated 89 - With a pale silver straw appearance, the 2021 Chardonnay Alexander Valley has soft, fragrant aromas of...
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750ml
Bottle: $39.84 $44.00
The color of this wine is best described as pale straw with a slight tint of emerald green. The nose opens as a...
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750ml
Bottle: $53.59
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Rated 90 - Very tight and pithy, with a core of lemon-lime and green apple flavors that are refreshing and expansive,...
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750ml
Bottle: $29.59
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Rated 91 - Scents of pineapple and honey characterize the light gold/green-hued 2012 Chardonnay Simpatico Ranch....
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750ml
Bottle: $20.31 $23.21
COLOR: Gold with green tints. NOSE: Pronounced lemon citrus core with tree fruits of pear and crisp apple lined with...
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750ml
Bottle: $42.53
6 bottles: $41.68
COLOR: Medium Gold. NOSE: Pronounced pear and golden yellow apple lined with a floral note of jasmine, apricot, and...
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750ml
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Packed with pear, apple and citrus aromas and shows exceptional depth and body. Offers rich flavors of green apple...
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750ml
Bottle: $17.91
12 bottles: $14.69
Packed with pear, apple and citrus aromas and shows exceptional depth and body. Offers rich flavors of green apple...
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750ml
Bottle: $21.24 $23.60
6 bottles: $20.00
Rated 91 - Creamy brioche, nougat and vanilla threaded through with spiced lemons and white fruit. Round, medium- to...
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750ml
Bottle: $20.52 $22.80
12 bottles: $18.24
Balance and proportion best describe the character of our Russian River Chardonnay; it displays abundant floral/...
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White
750ml
Bottle: $40.09 $42.00
12 bottles: $34.29
Made from Chardonnay grapes grown only 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the famous Goldridge soils of the Russian...
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750ml
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Rated 91 - Intense and well-structured, with flavors of Bosc pear, Fuji apple and ruby grapefruit, supported by firm...
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White
750ml
Bottle: $35.64 $39.60
12 bottles: $30.40
This is perhaps the most elegant Chardonnay ever produced at Chalk Hill. The wine displays the tropical fruit and...
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White
750ml
Bottle: $21.24 $23.60
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This 2022 Russian River Valley Chardonnay leads with a fresh bouquet of yellow peach, baked apple, and lemon that...
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750ml
Bottle: $16.88
12 bottles: $16.54
Our Seven Ranchlands Chardonnay is alluring with plenty of ripe fruit aromatics and flavors such as apple, lemon,...
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750ml
Bottle: $12.90 $13.87
Rated 90 - Accents of flint and white pepper play off the tasty lemon, vanilla and green apple flavors of this...
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750ml
Bottle: $55.93 $57.60
12 bottles: $51.30
Rated 94 - Mellow, intricately blended spices, butter, toast and generous fruit flavors give this wine a pleasing,...
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Chardonnay United States California Sonoma Valley

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.

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.

California's beautiful and remarkably fertile Sonoma Valley has grown over the decades to become one of the United States' most respected and profitable wine regions, with wineries within the region benefiting from the superb Californian sunshine, low rainfall and wonderfully rich soils. Because of this vital combination of excellent conditions, the region is able to grow a wide range of grape varietals for use in the production of an impressive array of wines, with many different red and white wine grapes flourishing each year and producing excellent and characterful results. The soils have been enriched by volcanic activity, and the presence of geothermal springs, which make this region a unique one, and very much the beating heart of California's ever growing wine industry.