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Auteur Chardonnay Durrell Vineyard 2011 750ml

Rated 91 - The 2011 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard reveals even more minerality as well as a more restrained overall personality with hints of white...
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Auteur Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2013 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast comes from multiple vineyards, sees about 25% new oak, and again has malolactic blocked. This wine...
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Carneros Hills Winery Chardenet Durell Vineyard 2013 750ml

Rated 93 - This is a sublime, succulent and entirely rewarding white from the great vineyard site that is Durell. The vines used by this producer...
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Fort Ross Chardonnay 2014 750ml

Rated 94 - The 2014 Chardonnay Fort Ross Vineyard is a beauty. It spent 10 months in 30% new French oak (785 cases) and shows notes of crushed wet...
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Joseph Phelps Freestone Chardonnay 2014 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2014 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards is rich, deeply-colored and intense, with plenty of orange peel, crème brulée and vanilla...
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La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2015 750ml

Rated 92 - A rich wine with deep flavors of lemon butter, baked pear, and orange blossom. The wine’s finish has a touch of toasted brioche making...

750ml California Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 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.