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Foxen Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard Block Uu 2012 750ml

Rated 91-93 - An exotic, intriguing Chardonnay, the 2012 Bien Nacido Vineyard Block UU wraps around the palate with an appealing melange of...
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Foxen Chardonnay Tinaquaic Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - With mouthwatering acidity, a stony minerality, modest alcohol and complex peach, green apple and tropical fruit flavors, this...
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Qupe Chardonnay Block Eleven Bien Nacido Reserve 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - I loved Bob's 2012 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Reserve Block 11. This 100% Chardonnay saw 100% malolactic fermentation and 18 months in...

750ml Chardonnay Santa Maria 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.