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Dom Bernier (Les Frères Couillaud) Chardonnay 2015 Product #30615 (In Stock)
Dom Bernier (Les Frères Couillaud) Chardonnay 2015 Dom Bernier (Les Frères Couillaud) Chardonnay 2015

The brothers Couillaud are among the most outstanding winegrowers of the western Loire Valley.  And while their Muscadet is terrific, it was this complex and distinctive Chardonnay that captured our attention.  The 2015 harvest yielded plump, ripe, Chardonnay fruit with plenty of heft and balancing acidity.  They fermented about 8% in barrel and the rest in concrete tanks, allowing all of the wine to go through malolactic fermentation.  The result is an amazingly rich, creamy, almost Meursault-like Chardonnay with the zesty cut and minerality of a top Chablis.  Honey, cream, chalk, and tart green apple aromas and flavors are delivered with nice energy and drive and linger on a long, mouthwatering, brilliantly complex finish.  A tad richer and deeper than the 2014, but just as pure and mineral and delicious.

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Bulgariana Chardonnay Thracian Valley 2015 Product #31062 (In Stock)
Bulgariana Chardonnay Thracian Valley 2015 Bulgariana Chardonnay Thracian Valley 2015

Yes, Europe’s brilliant 2015 vintage even reaches eastward to Bulgaria!  Chardonnay ripens beautifully on the broad, warm, Thracian plain but cool nights keep plenty of fresh acidity locked in.  With all that flavor and freshness, no oak is needed to add depth or weight.  You’ll find a rich, creamy, textured mouthful of golden apple and spiced pear fruit with just a touch of butter on the back.  Bright apple and nectarine flavors flow on through the nicely long, fresh, finish.  A winning value here that just earned 90 points from Wine Enthusiast and a Best Buy designation!

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Catena Chardonnay Mendoza 2013 375ml Product #30013 (In Stock)
Catena Chardonnay Mendoza 2013 375ml Catena Chardonnay Mendoza 2013 375ml

Half Bottle  Always a delicious value, the 2013 Catena Chardonnay may just be the best ever.  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.

"The Catena 2013 Chardonnay mixes grapes form Agrelo (15%) and the rest from different zones in the Uco Valley (Tupungato and San Carlos, Eugenio Bustos and Altamira). 50% of the wine fermented in used oak barriques, 10% in new 500-liter French oak barrels and the rest in stainless steel. Part of the barrels go through malolactic fermentation, but not all. 2013 feels ripe despite the character of the vintage, and although the oak is a lot less noticeable than in previous vintages it provides creaminess that makes it approachable and easy. The palate is soft and the acidity is quite integrated with the fruit. An approachable, nice Chardonnay."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Poppy Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 Product #30882 (In Stock)
Poppy Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 Poppy Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2014

A young winery - founded in 2003 - with a pretty simple mission:  Make wine folks will enjoy!  And that's what this fun, fruit-filled, and lightly oaked Chardonnay does very well.  It's all from Poppy's vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands, first planted in 1972.  Warm sunshine got the grapes fully ripe and bursting with flavor.  Cool nights kept the acids fresh and held the alcohol down to a nicely balanced 13.5%.  About 30% of the wine was done in stainless steel - for fresh, bright fruit - and the rest with oak for creamy richness and complexity.

The 2014 is even better than the 90 point 2013.  You'll find plenty of richness here, with good dollops of grilled pineapple, ripe pear, golden apple, buttery oak and a round, creamy, texture. Turns more crisp in the mouth with apple and bright pear fruit and notes of green apple and butter lingering nicely.  A great party Chard for casual sipping and pretty darn versatile at table, too!

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Macrostie Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2013 375ml Product #30012 (In Stock)
Macrostie Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2013 375ml Macrostie Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2013 375ml

Half Bottle  The 2012 was the best Macrostie Chard we'd had in years - but the 2013 is better still.  From vineyards in Carneros, the Russian River Valley, and Wildcat Mountain.  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. Our favorite value so far from the outstanding 2013 California Chardonnay crop.

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Martin Ray Chardonnay Russian River 2014 Product #29985 (In Stock)
Martin Ray Chardonnay Russian River 2014 Martin Ray Chardonnay Russian River 2014

Here's a truly luxurious Russian River Chardonnay made with all the care and high quality you'd expect in a $40 wine - but for much, much, less!  The fruit came from three excellent Russian River vineyards - Ricci, Bisordi and Pellini - plus some estate fruit from the excellent sub-region of Green Valley.  In 2014, drought gave small clusters of intense fruit that ripened to perfection.  About 30% of the fruit was fermented and aged in French oak for complexity and spice with the rest in tank to retain vivid, fresh.

The 2013 edition was a 90 pointer from Wine Enthusiast, and this is better still.  It opens with classic Russian River Chard aromas of crisp green apple, orange blossom, lemon zest, ripe Asian pear, and a touch of vanilla bean.  Then a juicy mouthful of apple, pear, and lemon flavors accented by notes of buttered popcorn and toasty caramel.  The buttered toast, green apple, ripe pear and salty caramel flavors linger nicely as a mouthwatering but easy finish provides enough support for food.  A great Chardonnay for parties and sipping that's classy enough to serve with serious meals. 

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Chanson Pere et Fils Vire Clesse 2014 Product #30815 (In Stock)
Chanson Pere et Fils Vire Clesse 2014 Chanson Pere et Fils Vire Clesse 2014

Good value in white Burgundy is all too hard to find these days, making this classy, stylish and very fresh Chardonnay from the Maconnaise AOC of Vire-Clesse very exciting indeed.  It's from what is arguably the best part of the Macon, a cooler site with more limestone and more than a little in common with the Cote d'Or to the north.  Chanson was among the very first to bottle AOC Vire-Clesse following its creation in 1988 and makes one of the most classic examples - ripe, rich, and dry.

This 2014 show the lovely ripeness of the vintage in its rich, creamy, texture and generous pear and yellow apple fruit.  A note of sweet spice emerges on the mid-palate and flows on through the generous, fruit-filled, but still focused and minerally finish.  Wine Spectator has the quality level about right, but the wine has gained flesh and richness since they penned the review below.

"A crisp, elegant style, this delivers white peach, lemon cake and light mineral flavors. Balanced, lingering with lemon details and a touch of chalk. Drink now through 2018."Wine Spectator 89 points

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Riebeek Cellars Kasteelberg Chardonnay 2014 Product #30842 (In Stock)
Riebeek Cellars Kasteelberg Chardonnay 2014 Riebeek Cellars Kasteelberg Chardonnay 2014

There is no better Chardonnay value in the store - and you'll struggle to find more bang for the buck anywhere.   This is rich, ripe, luscious, free-run Chardonnay juice fermented in French oak and left on the lees for 6 months to develop creamy texture and pick up a touch of spice. Loads of yellow peach, pear, and tropical fruit form the wine's core with plenty of oaky spice make this wonderfully satisfying on the palate while the crisp finish keeps you coming back.  A ton of wine for the money that puts loads of $30 California Chardonnay to shame. Classy package, classy wine, silly low price.

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Laurent Perrachon Beaujolais Blanc Terre De Loyse 2015 Product #31115 (In Stock)
Laurent Perrachon Beaujolais Blanc Terre De Loyse 2015 Laurent Perrachon Beaujolais Blanc Terre De Loyse 2015

Long for fine white Burgundy for under $20?  You have to look a little further afield than in days of old, but it's still out there for the finding if you try long and hard enough.  Here's a fine example.

Laurent Perrachon has built a reputation as one of Beaujolais best independent producers and one of the few to make reds from six different Beaujolais Crus. The reds are great, but his tiny production white Beaujolais really stole our hearts.  It's 100% "Perle Blanche" (the local name for Chardonnay) grown on limestone-clay soils, harvested entirely by hand, and made in stainless steel tank.

Pretty aromas of stone fruit and apple shine with accents of crushed herb (chervil, perhaps) and a little butter.  Then rich and lightly fleshy with pear, apple, peach, and buttery flavors and a dusting of crushed stone at the end.  A nice briskness makes this refreshing on its own and it will certainly shine with roast chicken, seafood and more.  Fine wine, fine value.

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Bishops Peak Chardonnay Central Coast 2014 Product #29881 (In Stock)
Bishops Peak Chardonnay Central Coast 2014 Bishops Peak Chardonnay Central Coast 2014

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.

"Fresh pear and tangerine scents are complemented by ginger and honey. Smooth and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering sappy orchard and citrus fruit flavors and a hint of melon. Emphatically fruity Chardonnay with very good closing breadth and cling."  Vinous (Reynolds) 90 points

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Varner Chardonnay Foxglove 2013 Product #30586 (In Stock)
Varner Chardonnay Foxglove 2013 Varner Chardonnay Foxglove 2013

As always, an amazing amount of pure, no-oak, Chardonnnay for the money.

"The 2013 Chardonnay is a fabulous wine for the money. Lemon oil, white flowers and white pepper are all laced together in an impeccably balanced, layered Chardonnay long on class and personality. The 2013 is a blend of fruit from vineyards in Santa Barbara County and Paso Robles, done entirely in steel, with no malolactic fermentation. It is also one of the very best values in California Chardonnay readers will come across."   Vinous (Galloni) 89 points

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Dom Louis Michel Chablis 2013 375ml Product #29453 (In Stock)
Dom Louis Michel Chablis 2013 375ml Dom Louis Michel Chablis 2013 375ml

Half Bottle. Guillaume Michel crafts his “village” level Chablis from seven different Chablis vineyards located on both sides of the river.  The organically farmed vines are up to 50 years of age and produce clean, ripe, succulent fruit – even in difficult vintages like 2013.  From the classic green-tinged color and modest 12.5% alcohol, you might expect this to be sharp or green tasting, but even with no oak to hide any flaws, it’s a lovely marriage of generous, ripe green and yellow apple, tangerine, and lemon/lime fruit and Chablis classic cut and salty stone minerality.  An easy wine to enjoy all by itself or with a wide range of foods, but you certainly will love it with traditional Chablis matches like oysters and clams!

"Tangerine, spice and hazelnut overtones emerge from Louis Michel's 2013 Chablis. This textured, expressive, mid-weight Chablis is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years."  Antonio Galloni 87-88 points

"A more complex nose features notes of exotic dried yellow fruit, white flowers and a whiff of sea breeze. There is more volume and better punch to the delicious, clean and somewhat drier finish. This too will be approachable young."Allen Meadows 86-89 points

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Butter Chardonnay California 2015 Product #30783 (In Stock)
Butter Chardonnay California 2015 Butter Chardonnay California 2015

Yes, Butter is back – and it’s just as fine as ever!  Former Rombauer winemaker Rob Lloyd and his partners a JaM wines have turned out another full-throttle, frankly oaked, and richly butter Chardonnay in the fine (if small) 2015 vintage.  As always, you’ll find big aromas of ripe pear, golden apple, spicy oak, vanilla and creamy butter.  And, the big flavors of super-ripe tropical and orchard fruits, smoke, spice, vanilla bean and still more fresh butter coat your palate with a richly textured, smooth, opulent texture.  What’s new is a touch more vibrant acidity from front to back and a newfound sense of delineation and clarity to the flavors.  More of a “baby Rombauer” than ever! 

It’s a fun, butterball, of a sipper and party wine, and will be a happy partner with everything from fish to poultry and salads at table.  But, this has sold our early in each of the past 5 vintages, so now’s the time to grab a full year’s supply!

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Dom Des Gerbeaux Macon Solutré 2014 Product #30910 (In Stock)
Dom Des Gerbeaux Macon Solutré 2014 Dom Des Gerbeaux Macon Solutré 2014

One of the most respected names in Burgundy's Macon region is still seldom seen here in the USA - mainly because their wines are snapped up by French buyers!  Beatrice and Jean-Michel Drouin farm biodynamically and use no tricks in the winery - what you taste here is what their healthy vineyards near the Macon village of Solutre have to say.  Time in used barrel gives this a nice creaminess and depth to the fresh apple, pear and Marcona almond aromas and flavors.  Finishes with a touch of fresh butter and plenty of juicy, ripe, fruit.

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Catena Chardonnay Mendoza 2014 Product #30773 (In Stock)
Catena Chardonnay Mendoza 2014 Catena Chardonnay Mendoza 2014

Perhaps the greatest vintage ever for this Mendoza classic.

"The 2014 Chardonnay is a blend of three vineyards. The vineyards are divided into lots that are harvested at different times: Agrelo at 3,117 foot elevation, Villa Bastías at 3,675 foot elevation and Gualtallary at 4,757 foot elevation. Each vineyard is vinified differently and aged separately. The wines are blended at the end before bottling. The nose is subtly oaked with white fruit and floral aromas. The palate is medium-bodied and has very nice acidity which makes the wine not only fresher, but also longer and more mineral. This is the freshest of all the vintages of this Chardonnay, and the change in vineyards is really noticeable. Super! 350,000 bottles produced."Wine Advocate 92 points

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Dom Vincent Dampt Petit Chablis 2015 Product #30967 (In Stock)
Dom Vincent Dampt Petit Chablis 2015 Dom Vincent Dampt Petit Chablis 2015

The only thing "Petit" about this wine is the appellation - and the price!  A stunning Chablis, super rich in flavor but lean and pure in texture, exploding with fresh green citrus, stone fruit, and Granny Smith apple plus a huge dose of chalky, stony, minerality.  Simply fantastic drive and cut and intensity here with a dry finish that just won't quit.  No oak, loads of pleasure.  Hands down the best Petit Chablis we've ever tasted.

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Terres Dorees (Jp Brun) Beaujolais Blanc 2014 Product #30495 (In Stock)
Terres Dorees (Jp Brun) Beaujolais Blanc 2014 Terres Dorees (Jp Brun) Beaujolais Blanc 2014

This benchmark white Beaujolais is very Burgundy-like in 2014, with a rich Chardonnay texture that just gets better and more luxurious with air. Citrus and melon aromas are lifted by accents of quince and smoke.  Round and generous on the palate, there's plenty of green melon, peach, and citrus pith flavor here in a light, crisp, Chardonnay that finishes with just a hint of butter.

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Blenheim Chardonnay Virginia 2014 Product #30629 (In Stock)
Blenheim Chardonnay Virginia 2014 Blenheim Chardonnay Virginia 2014

A really charming and delicious Chardonnay from just outside Charlottesville, this is all estate grown fruit aged in tank and a mix of French, American, and Hungarian oak. Punches all the Chardonnay buttons - crisp apple, ripe pear, toasted hazelnut, and just a kiss of oak - but isn't buttery or heavy at just 12.5% abv.  Finishes with fine energy and a touch of sweet spice.

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Left Coast Cellars Chardonnay Truffle Hill 2015 Product #31172 (In Stock)
Left Coast Cellars Chardonnay Truffle Hill 2015 Left Coast Cellars Chardonnay Truffle Hill 2015

I love (and agree with) the winery's note:  "No butter, no vanilla, but maybe just a bit of cream...what Chardonnay tastes like when it lets its hair down."  More or less half tank, half barrel, it's loaded with ripe Golden Delicious and ripe pear fruit with a dash of spice and hint of flint.  Creamy and rich but refreshing and clean; a fine Chardonnay value.

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Girardin Bourgogne Blanc Cuvee Saint-Vincent 2013 Product #30045 (In Stock)
Girardin Bourgogne Blanc Cuvee Saint-Vincent 2013 Girardin Bourgogne Blanc Cuvee Saint-Vincent 2013

An amazing amount of work goes into creating this utterly classic Bourgogne blanc.  Fruit is sourced mainly from Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault, entirely from vineyards that practice sustainable farming with deep plowing, no insecticides or pesticides, and modest yields.  The hand-harvested grapes are gently crushed and racked into 500 liter French-oak casks - about twice the usual size - to ferment naturally with wild yeasts.  During the 11 months the young wine spends in cask the winemaking team gently stirs the fine lees - spent yeast cells from fermentation - to add a layer of creamy richness and depth.

This resembles the excellent 2011 with a touch more concentration and length, and it once-again delivers a lovely marriage of Meursault richness with Chassagne minerality.  Warm peach, golden apple, and spicy pear fruit with subtle accents of tangy butter, chalk, and toasted hazelnut sing out on the medium-bodied palate.  It’s mouthfilling, but very detailed, precise, and fresh on the long citrus, butter, and toasted nut finish.  It’s certainly enjoyable as a classy cocktail white but try it with shellfish or something mushroomy and you’ll be very, very, happy.

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