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Egret Chardonnay California 2011 Product #26883 (In Stock)
Egret Chardonnay California 2011 Egret Chardonnay California 2011

Here's a versatile and delicious California Chardonnay built to satisfy a crowd - and you!  Ripe, creamy, and fresh, the aromas and flavors feature juicy apple, pineapple, peach, citrus, and salty caramel. Mostly made in stainless steel for brightness and fruit, the 15% aged in oak delivers just a hint of smoke to complement the buttery notes on the back.  Lots of lees stirring gives it a creamy, round, mouthfeel and the juicy apple and sweet butter caramel flavors linger nicely on the fresh finish. A fine party or everyday Chardonnay and outstanding value.

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Il Falchetto Langhe Chardonnay 2012 Product #27767 (In Stock)
Il Falchetto Langhe Chardonnay 2012 Il Falchetto Langhe Chardonnay 2012

A wine to enjoy at family celebrations – including Thanksgiving – from a family making wine in Italy’s Piemonte region since the mid-1600s.  Today, the latest generation of the Forno family – brothers Giorgio, Fabrizio and Adriano – craft award-winning Brachetto, Barbera, and Dolcetto from their vineyards along the border of the Langhe and Monferato.  And, thanks to Maurizio Farro, now we know they make a great Chardonnay value, too!

The Forno family’s Chardonnay comes from vineyards in Santo Stefano Belbo, about 20 minutes east of Barbaresco.  The sandy clay soils, bright Piemonte sunshine, and long growing season are perfect for getting Chardonnay ripe without losing bright, juicy, acidity. Fermentation and aging entirely in tank (no oak barrels) captures the essence of Chardonnay fruit and lets the grape’s character sing through.

The show opens with generous aromas of fresh fruit – apple, pear, pineapple, and lemon notes – with a captivating accent of fresh crushed mint.  The flavors follow the aromas with plenty of ripe apple, pear, and sweet lemon fruit plus a salty butterscotch element that takes the wine in a more rich, deeply flavored, direction than you’d expect.  The texture here is fantastic, rich enough to fill up your mouth but with no hard edges and a slippery, glycerol, character that makes this go down very, very, easily. A squirt of lemon and green apple acid at the end makes your mouth water as the fresh fruit and salty caramel flavors linger on.  The kind of wine that quenches your thirst and pairs beautifully with salty nuts or savory hors d'oeuvres.  But there’s more than enough complexity and heft here to make this a great dinner table white, too, even for a meal as big and bold as Thanksgiving!

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Dom De La Patience Chardonnay 2013 Product #28722 (In Stock)
Dom De La Patience Chardonnay 2013 Dom De La Patience Chardonnay 2013

Organic Grapes  Christophe Aguilar's family estate sits on rocky soils just a stone's throw from the Pont de Gard, an ancient Roman bridge outside of Nimes. Their un-oaked Chardonnay from all organic grapes is a beauty, as much fun to sip by itself as it will be to enjoy with fresh water fish, salads, or poultry.  Aromas and flavors feature juicy lemon, Granny Smith apple and ripe stone fruits with a touch of mineral.  The juicy lemon and peach flavors keep on pumping through the refreshing, clean, fun!

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Carpe Diem Anderson Valley Chardonnay 2012 Product #29078 (In Stock)
Carpe Diem Anderson Valley Chardonnay 2012 Carpe Diem Anderson Valley Chardonnay 2012

Here's a great deal in cool-climate California Chardonnay that delivers both bright, fresh, fruit and a crisp, minerally, finish.  Anderson Valley's cool, crisp, nights and sunshine-filled days makes it outstanding Chardonnay territory. Generous green apple, stone fruit, and pear fruit aromas and flavors get support from chalky minerality and a dash of citrusy acidity on the mouthwatering finish.  Just a touch of oak lends body and a hint of hazelnut.  Crisp, clean, and a steal at this price!

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Di Lenardo Chardonnay Friuli 2013 Product #28628 (In Stock)
Di Lenardo Chardonnay Friuli 2013 Di Lenardo Chardonnay Friuli 2013

It’s a little surprising that the grape least associated with Friuli – Chardonnay – should deliver one of the most exciting wines in this line-up.  But, then, this isn’t “just” Chardonnay.  When Massimo Di Lendardo took over his family estate in 1987, he launched a massive replanting effort to increase vine density and focus on the very best clones for his Friuli vineyards.  For this wine, that meant the “Chardonnay Musque” clone, a mutation that retains all of Chardonnay’s body and crisp fruit but adds a layer of floral and pit fruit aromatics.

It’s been a winning choice, with Di Lenardo Chardonnay earning 89-91 points from Wine Spectator each year for the past five!  And, the review for the 90 point 2012 fits well here:  “A stony undertow and well-meshed acidity frames the flavors of yellow apple, apricot, anise, slivered almond and honeycomb in this bright and balanced version. A crowd-pleaser.” This is no-oak, 100% fun, Chardonnay that will sing with a wide range of food or delight while sipping at sunset.

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Tobias Vineyards Chardonnay North Coast 2011 Product #28533 (In Stock)
Tobias Vineyards Chardonnay North Coast 2011 Tobias Vineyards Chardonnay North Coast 2011

When you're the son and assistant winemaker for Napa legend Ric Forman, you really ought to know a thing or two about making great Chardonnay.  And, when you're married to another third-generation grape grower, you really ought to be able to bring in excellent fruit, too.  So, the only thing really surprising about the outstanding Tobias Vineyards Chardonnay 2011 from Toby and Dawn Forman is the price - sure tastes like $40 Chardonnay, but carries a very attractive sub-$20 price tag!

Made from fruit grown and purchased from around the North Coast, this gets a touch of oak and about 30% goes through malolactic fermentation for a touch of buttery creaminess. The aromas and flavors feature plenty of ripe apple, pear, pineapple and citrus fruit with a nice dose of spice.  The texture is creamy and rich, but the bright acids keep things fresh and pure. A terrific wine, especially at this price!

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Dal Maso Chardonnay Frizzante NV Product #28391 (In Stock)
Dal Maso Chardonnay Frizzante NV Dal Maso Chardonnay Frizzante NV

Nothing serious here, unless you're looking for some serious fun.  The Dal Maso family makes some fine, complex, and serious wines from their vineyards in Italy's Veneto region - this ain't one of them.  It's 100% Chardonnay, lightly pressed, fermented dry, and then allowed to capture some dissolved CO2 in stainless steal tanks before bottling.  The result is basically as smile in a bottle - crackling fresh Chardonnay fruit (apple, peach, pear) with a touch of citrus and a delightful dose of fizz. Chill it down and enjoy.

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Josh Cellars Chardonnay North Coast 2013 Product #28980 (In Stock)
Josh Cellars Chardonnay North Coast 2013 Josh Cellars Chardonnay North Coast 2013

A value line from Napa winery Joseph Carr, the 2013 Josh Cellars Chardonnay delivers plenty of bang for the buck. A blend of tank and barrel fermented fruit, you'll find lush peach, pear, citrus and tropical fruit in a creamy-textured wine supported by just enough citrusy acidity.  The wood is nicely balanced here, giving a touch of vanilla and smoke for complexity and depth.  Fine to sip, excellent with food.

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Jean Paul Thibert Macon Fuisse 2013 Product #28945 (In Stock)
Jean Paul Thibert Macon Fuisse 2013 Jean Paul Thibert Macon Fuisse 2013

Jean Paul Thibert ferments and ages his ripe Macon-Fuisse Chardonnay fruit in large, old barrels called foudre.  These big barrels (each holding about 10x the typical barrique) provide his wine with just enough air contact to smooth off rough edges without adding any wood flavor or tannin.  In 2013, this wine just sings.  Generous aromas and flavors of Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apple, toasted hazelnut and fresh butter coat your mouth before juicy, crisp, apple acidity wells up on the back.  The texture and flavors are wonderfully rich – very Pouilly-Fuisse-like – and retain fantastic precision and vibrancy due to bright, juicy, citrusy, acidity.  An absolute steal in drink-me-now white Burgundy Chardonnay at the regular price.

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Annefield Vineyards Chardonnay Virginia 2012 Product #28956 (In Stock)
Annefield Vineyards Chardonnay Virginia 2012 Annefield Vineyards Chardonnay Virginia 2012

Honestly, too much Virginia Chardonnay tries too hard.  Annefield has dropped the pretension and turned out a creamy, rich, Chardonnay that's actually fun to drink!  Apple, stone fruit, and a little grilled pineapple sit at the core with accents of honeysuckle, caramel, and sour apple candy.  There's a touch of minerality and fine acidity for support and a good dose of buttery luxury, too.  Ripe fruit and all used oak help, and the price is a steal for Chardonnay this joyful - especially from Virginia!

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Recanati Chardonnay Galilee 2012 (Kosher) Product #28245 (In Stock)
Recanati Chardonnay Galilee  2012 (Kosher) Recanati Chardonnay Galilee  2012 (Kosher)

Proof that "Kosher" and "Delicious" aren't contradictions at all!  This is a classic Chardonnay that straddles New World and Old World styles with a creamy texture, ripe orchard fruit and pineapple, and just the right touch of spicy oak and fresh butter on the end.  From a prime vineyard in northern Galilee, it's Kosher for Passover, but more than delicious enough to enjoy all year long.

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Bishops Peak Chardonnay Central Coast 2013 Product #28265 (In Stock)
Bishops Peak Chardonnay Central Coast 2013 Bishops Peak Chardonnay Central Coast 2013

As always, the folks at Talley do a fine job with their "no oak" Bishop's Peak program. More aromatic than many inexpensive Chardonnays, this features aromas of ripe golden apples and pears.  On the palate, no oak and no malolactic fermentation keep it fresh and crisp, with flavors of more tart green apples and a little citrus zest.  A great everyday Chardonnay for light poultry dishes or sipping before a meal. 

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Tarara Chardonnay Virginia Almost Unoaked 2012 Product #28321 (In Stock)
Tarara Chardonnay Virginia Almost Unoaked 2012 Tarara Chardonnay Virginia Almost Unoaked 2012

Clean, fresh, balanced and delicious – those are the words you keep coming back to when tasting Tarara’s 2012 “Almost Unoaked” Chardonnay.  The nicely generous aromas of lemon curd, apricot, herb and toasted hazelnut carry on through the richly textured palate, where bright apple and grainy pear notes join the show.  A touch of buttered nut comes out on the back before lemony apple and pear fruit pop on the mouthwatering finish.  

The key here is perfectly ripe fruit (not a green note to be found!) and a light hand with the oak (most was raised in stainless steel rather than barrel).  There’s a lot going on here, and if you’re in the mood to pay attention, this will reward it with plenty of complexity and depth.  Or, you might want to grill some scallops or whip up some crab dip and just drink it for fun.  A terrific bottle of Chardonnay at a terrific price for Virginia or any Chardonnay growing region in the world.  Bravo!

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Martin Ray Chardonnay Russian River 2013 Product #28497 (In Stock)
Martin Ray Chardonnay Russian River 2013 Martin Ray Chardonnay Russian River 2013

An excellent Russian River Chardonnay at a very attractive price. The aromas and flavors feature creamy pineapple, crisp pear, and fresh apple with a light touch of buttered popcorn and vanilla from oak aging.  Fine balance here in a fairly elegant California Chardonnay with a creamy, soft, mid-palate texture. Pineapple, passion fruit, buttered toast, and green apple flavors linger nicely on the bright, clean, finish. Rock-solid.

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Varner Chardonnay Foxglove 2012 Product #28702 (In Stock)
Varner Chardonnay Foxglove 2012 Varner Chardonnay Foxglove 2012

As Robert Parker has often said about Foxglove Chardonnay, "These are among the finest values readers will find anywhere in the world." In the outstanding 2012 vintage, this is once again a no-oak, no-malo, Chardonnay from Santa Barbara and Paso Robles. Generous flavors of honeysuckle, lemon, pear, and yellow apple swirl through a richly textured wine that snaps into focus on the bright, crisp, finish.  Delicious stuff and fine, fine, value.

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Rued Chardonnay Russian River 2013 Product #28933 (In Stock)
Rued Chardonnay Russian River 2013 Rued Chardonnay Russian River 2013

When Henry Rued left his family's vineyards in Switzerland and arrived in Napa Valley to work for Beringer Brothers in 1876, he probably never imagined that his descendents would still be growing grapes and making wine in California 138 years later.  Today, the husband and wife team of Steve and Sonia Rued sell most of the grapes from their vineyards in Dry Creek, Alexander Valley, and the Russian River Valley - but keep the very best for their 3,500 case per year family winery.

We've enjoyed multiple vintages of Rued Chardonnay in the past, but the 2013 is clearly the best yet. The ripe, luscious, Russian River fruit takes center stage with generous aromas and flavors of Golden Delicious apple, melon, ripe pear and sweet citrus.  A deft touch with oak (just 10% new) gives nice hints of vanilla and spice along with a fun buttered popcorn note.  The wine starts crisp and focused, spreads out to coat you mouth with rich, ripe fruit, and then snaps back into focus with a bright finish of apple, Meyer lemon, and spice.  Just what a Russian River Chardonnay should be and a great choice for sipping, parties, or a wide range of foods - and, at this price, an outstanding value.

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Butter Chardonnay California 2013 Product #28451 (In Stock)
Butter Chardonnay California 2013 Butter Chardonnay California 2013

More than one fan has called this “baby Rombauer Chardonnay,” and the comparison certainly makes sense to us.  The resemblance is hardly surprising, since this blend of fruit purchased from top vineyards across California is made by Rob Lloyd, who made his name first at La Crema and then at Rombauer itself from 2001-2008.

As you’d expect, it’s a crowd-pleasing, creamy, tropical, buttery California Chardonnay. The wine opens with enticing aromas of ripe pineapple, vanilla, and creamy butter.  On the palate the texture is pleasantly rich and full bodied, loads of sweet fruit, spicy oak, and - of course - fresh butter.  At about half the price of Rombauer (even before we put it on sale), it’s a pretty attractive bottle to serve at parties or anytime you gather a crowd.  But, supplies of Butter Chardonnay are dwindling and with Rombauer itself is sold out until the new release in October, right now is your best chance to lay in a supply to enjoy over the next year!

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Catena Chardonnay Mendoza 2013 Product #28592 (In Stock)
Catena Chardonnay Mendoza 2013 Catena Chardonnay Mendoza 2013

Always a delicious value, the 2013 Catena Chardonnay may just be the best ever - and that's saying something for a wine that scores 90-93 points pretty much every year.  A blend of oaked and tank-aged wine, it crackles with fantastic fresh apple, pear, peach and pineapple fruit framed by notes of crushed mint and toasted hazlenut.  The vivid fruit pumps on through the juicy finish where Burgundy-like minerality and creamy toast notes linger.  Fantastic stuff.

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Dom Des Malandes Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2011 Half Bottle Product #28285 (In Stock)
Dom Des Malandes Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2011 Half Bottle Dom Des Malandes Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2011 Half Bottle

HALF BOTTLE.  From 40+ year-old vines in the heart of Fourchaume, proper, harvested the first 3 days of September, just before the rain that caused so many problems with rot for others.  The fruit came in just under 12.5% alcohol with vibrant acidity that benefited from 12 months in neutral oak.  As estate manager Lyne Marchive says of her 2011s overall, “It's classic in style but not unduly austere plus it should drink well early if someone prefers it."  Don’t miss the chance to get some in half-bottles and magnum, too!

"A very slight chew to give texture, plus plenty of bright green apple fruit. Great intensity on the mid-palate – certainly has ageing potential."  Jancis Robinson Purple Pages 17/20 points

"Sweet Spot Outstanding. A dense nose of ripe white orchard fruit, floral notes and a hint of tidal pool character precedes the very rich and suave flavors that possess good power and excellent depth and length. This is a relatively big yet refined Fourchaume that displays plenty of mid-palate dry extract."Allen Meadows 90-93 points

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Macrostie Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2012 Product #28591 (In Stock)
Macrostie Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2012 Macrostie Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2012

A favorite from the past roars back into top form in the ripe, deep, 2012 vintage.  The Sonoma Coast designation allows Steve MacRostie to take fruit for this beauty from top vineyards in Carneros, the Russian River Valley, and even his flagship site, the majestic Wildcat Mountain vineyard.  It’s big, rich, and lush, with plenty of sweet pineapple and tropical fruit, a lash of butter, and bright green apple acids to hold everything in balance. Perhaps our favorite value so far from the outstanding 2012 California Chardonnay crop.

"Best Buy! A number of vineyards contribute to this wine, including Sangiacomo at the base of Sonoma Mountain and Saralee’s in the Russian River Valley. The various sites knit together well, creating an open and fragrant chardonnay redolent of wildflower honey and chanterelle mushrooms. It’s a gentle and harmonious wine that would show well paired with rabbit in a cream sauce."Wine & Spirits 92 points

"So bright and zingy in acidity, and so ripe in tangerine, mango, lime fruit and honeysuckle, that you hardly notice the oak influence. Yet, it’s there in the form of buttered toast. The result is a big, powerful Chardonnay, clean and vibrant, for drinking now with dramatic shellfish and pork dishes."Wine Enthusiast 90 points

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