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Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Nuits-Blanches Au Bouge 2013 750ml

Rated 94 - The 2013 Chardonnay Nuits-Blanches au Bouge is lifted, gracious and super-polished, with a level of translucence that gives the wine its...
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Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict 2014 750ml

Rated 94 - The 2014 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is rich, textured and absolutely gorgeous. Lemon confit, dried flowers, pastry and a...
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Auteur Chardonnay Green Acres Vineyard 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - A similar technique was used for the 2013 Chardonnay Green Acres Vineyard from Carneros. This small cuvée seems to have a more buttery...
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Auteur Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - As did all of these Chardonnays, the 2012 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard had its malolactic fermentation blocked. Similar to a grand cru...
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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...

Chardonnay & Chardonnay Blends

Known commonly as the great white grape of the Burgundy region of France, Chardonnay has become the most popular white wine in America, if not the world. Chardonnay is by nature a rich, full-bodied wine that grows at its best in a relatively cool climate. It is grown in virtually every growing region in the U.S. and is made in a myriad styles. Most Champagne and methode champenoise sparkling wine has Chardonnay in its blend. At one extreme, it can be elegantly floral and forward in the nose, with lovely fruit of pears and melons and a clean green apple acidity with a certain flinty or chalky mineral quality. It often has a full almost "oily" mouthfeel that lasts seemingly forever on the palate, with a perfect balance of fruit, acid and alcohol. Despite the long, complex finish, Chardonnay makes you hungry for food and thirsty for more wine all at the same time. At the other extreme, the first inhalation fills your nostrils with the sweet vanilla of new French oak and the creamy, buttery complexity that only Chardonnay can embody. Butterscotch, hazelnuts, toasted almonds all might come to mind, and the fruit might be tropical in nature, perhaps pineapples or coconuts, with more grapefruit-like acidity. This is truly a chameleon grape, and it can be altered as much by the climate and soil as by the winemaker's hand. In this country, it has found its best representations in Monterey and the Central Coast, Santa Barbara County, Carneros, Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Willamette Valley (Oregon), Yakima Valley (Washington), Virginia and Long Island.