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Le Souchais (Les Frères Couillaud) Chardonnay 2012 Product #27452 (In Stock)
Le Souchais (Les Frères Couillaud) Chardonnay 2012 Le Souchais (Les Frères Couillaud) Chardonnay 2012

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.  Rain, hail, and wind cut the Chardonnay harvest by about 40% in 2012, giving the Couillauds unusually concentrated, powerful, fruit.  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 super energy and drive and linger on a long, mouthwatering, brilliantly complex finish.  This will be fantastic with rich seafood dishes and fresh cheeses.

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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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Josephine Dubois Bourgogne Blanc 2013 Product #28554 (In Stock)
Josephine Dubois Bourgogne Blanc 2013 Josephine Dubois Bourgogne Blanc 2013

A fine, honest, bottle of Chardonnay with notes of green apple, chalk, limes kin and toasted nuts.  Clean and fresh from start to finish - a little Chablis-like, actually - with good length and a touch of saline mineral on the mouthwatering finish.  Very classy Bourgogne, especially at this price!

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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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Dom Vincent Dampt Chablis 2011 375ml Product #27035 (In Stock)
Dom Vincent Dampt Chablis 2011 375ml Dom Vincent Dampt Chablis 2011 375ml

This is stony, pure, Chablis with plenty of crisp fruit and slatey mineral and just a touch of roundness from limited use of neutral oak.  Creamy without any sign of heaviness and very nice length for a Village wine.

"A solidly complex and reasonably refined nose features notes of dried flowers, lemon zest, mineral reduction and a hint of iodine. There is good energy to the racy and well-detailed middle weight flavors that possess a seductive texture before terminating in a persistent, clean and moderately dry finish. This harmonious effort should mature quickly. Outstanding Top Value."Allen Meadows 89 points

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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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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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Dom Raphael Sallet Macon-Uchizy 2012 Product #27923 (In Stock)
Dom Raphael Sallet Macon-Uchizy 2012 Dom Raphael Sallet Macon-Uchizy 2012

Here’s a lovely white Burgundy for drinking now at a very, very, nice price.  You’ve probably never heard of the little village of Macon-Uchizy, but it’s well known in Burgundy itself.  With its east-facing vineyards, Uchizy gives wines of fine ripeness but a touch more perfume and delicacy than is often found in the Macon.  And, Raphael Sallet is just the man to capture the region’s potential in a bottle.  Sallet is relatively unknown in this country, and you won’t find much about him in the wine press either.  That’s because he’s widely respected for quality and value within France and has never had to bother to cultivate a reputation in the US.

Taste the wine, though, and you’ll know just how good Raphael is!  Aromas of ripe apple, white peach, apple skin, green pineapple and a touch of hazelnut and crushed chervil with just a touch of salty caramel hiding underneath.  Then bright and creamy textured in the mouth with clean apple, white peach, and lemony citrus fruit accented by notes of cultured butter and dried caramel.  A note of chalky mineral shows up on the back and continues on the pretty, clean and tasty, lemon/lime and peach skin finish.

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Josh Cellars Chardonnay North Coast 2012 Product #27528 (In Stock)
Josh Cellars Chardonnay North Coast 2012 Josh Cellars Chardonnay North Coast 2012

A value line from Napa winery Joseph Carr, the 2012 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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Saintsbury Chardonnay Carneros 2011 375ml Product #27647 (In Stock)
Saintsbury Chardonnay Carneros 2011 375ml Saintsbury Chardonnay Carneros 2011 375ml

Nice value in this half-bottle!

"A fine, brisk Chardonnay, marked by acidity and minerals and a certain elusiveness. But at its core are amazingly ripe tropical fruit, honey and vanilla flavors, with additional richness from oak. Good price for a Carneros Chard of this elegance and complexity."Wine Enthusiast 90 points

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

Butter is back and, once again, the name says it all! This is a crowd-pleasing, creamy, tropical, buttery California Chardonnay. It 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.  Perfect for shrimp scaampi, lobster, roast chicken, or by itself!

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Varner Chardonnay Foxglove 2011 Product #27172 (In Stock)
Varner Chardonnay Foxglove 2011 Varner Chardonnay Foxglove 2011

The newest release of what Wine Advocate has called, "one of the top values in California wine" is another winner.  A blend of fruit from Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, and other sites with zero oak and no malolactic acidity, it delivers honeyed lemon, pear, and honeysuckle notes with a touch of fresh pineapple.  Zesty and clean on the end with fine purity and balance.  A winner!

"The 2011 Chardonnay is a beauty, as well as an absurd value. Very clean and lively, with classic Chardonnay notes of juiced apple, citrus and minerality, it is clean and focused on the palate with the richness of the variety, yet also beautiful precision and focus. Classy and well-made, without any apparent oak, it should be purchased by the case and consumed over the coming 2-3 years. Drink now-2016."Wine Advocate 91 points

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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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Jean Marc Lafont Beaujolais Cru Chiroubles 2012 Product #28292 (In Stock)
Jean Marc Lafont Beaujolais Cru Chiroubles 2012 Jean Marc Lafont Beaujolais Cru Chiroubles 2012

"Sexy" doesn't normally apply to Beaujolais, but it does here.  The flavors and aromas are lush, even voluptuous, with velvety ripe strawberry, blueberry and red plum fruit and accents of summer flowers and granite.  At once pretty and generous, this has mouthfilling amplitude and a silky, focused, finish with light tannin and lingering floral and fruit flavors.  A stunning bottle of Gamay to drink now and over the next 5 years.  As delicious and crowd-pleasing as top Cru Beaujolais ever gets.

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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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Josephine Dubois Chablis 2012 Product #28197 (In Stock)
Josephine Dubois Chablis 2012 Josephine Dubois Chablis 2012

Here's a very fine value in classic (and classy) Chablis! The aromas deliver traditional Chablis scents of green apple, lime peel, chalk, and more.  In the mouth, it's dry, crisp, and focused, with a savory, almost brothy, sense to the Granny Smith apple, lime, and stony mineraly flavors.  Mouthwatering and clean but also round and rich, it's a great value for sipping or seafood.

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Jean Paul Thibert Macon Fuisse 2012 Product #28046 (In Stock)
Jean Paul Thibert Macon Fuisse 2012 Jean Paul Thibert Macon Fuisse 2012

We don't know much about this vigneron, but his 2012 Macon-Fuisse is a winner!  It's a rich, lusciously textured, Chardonnay that puts plenty of much more expensive Pouilly Fuisse to shame.  Generous aromas and flavors of golden apple, toasted hazelnut and fresh butter coat your mouth before juicy, crisp, apple acidity bubbles up on the back.  Just a touch of new oak gives spice and toast notes to the long, mouthwatering, finish.

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Jean Paul Brun Beaujolais Blanc Chardonnay 2012 Product #28162 (In Stock)
Jean Paul Brun Beaujolais Blanc Chardonnay 2012 Jean Paul Brun Beaujolais Blanc Chardonnay 2012

This is the benchmark for Chardonnay grown on the granite soils of Beaujolais, just south of Macon.  The 2012 bursts with aromas and flavors of lime, pear, and peach fruit with accents of lime and dusty herb.  Long, richly textured and savory, this finishes with firm notes of graphite, mineral, and citrus zest. An exciting wine - kind of Chassagne meets Pouilly Fuisse.

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