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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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Josephine Dubois Bourgogne Blanc 2011 Product #27232 (In Stock)
Josephine Dubois Bourgogne Blanc 2011 Josephine Dubois Bourgogne Blanc 2011

At their best, 2011 white Burgundies hint at 2008's vibrant minerality but deliver softer, more easy to enjoy now, pleasure.  That's the case here.  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!

"A terrific chardonnay with mouthwatering acidity and impeccable balance, this is an excellent wine for casual meals." 2 Stars Dave McIntyre, Washington Post

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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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Kellerei Kaltern Chardonnay Wadleith 2011 Product #27692 (In Stock)
Kellerei Kaltern Chardonnay Wadleith 2011 Kellerei Kaltern Chardonnay Wadleith 2011

This is the kind of wine that challenges preconceptions, especially if you think "foothills of the Dolomites" means "cool climate wines."  In fact, there's plenty of warmth in the region around Bolzano, which makes it possible to grow some pretty captivating Chardonnay - if you're careful.  The growers of Kelleri Kaltern plant the fruit for this wine on chalky gravel (Chardonnay loves chalk!) in windy crevices of the mountains.  The breeze keeps the fruit healthy and lets the fruit hang until late in the season, developing plenty of sugar and complex, ripe, flavors.  Whole cluster pressing, fermentation in steel, and aging about 30% in large casks preserves freshness and adds complexity.

The result is a ripe-smelling Chardonnay with generous tropical fruit framed with notes of vanilla, butter, and smoke.  Full and creamy on the palate where the fruit and hazelnut flavors coat your mouth, there's plenty of bright acidity to keep things fresh.  Tastes much more expensive than even the reasonable regular price!

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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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Tobias Vineyards Chardonnay North Coast 2010 Product #26899 (In Stock)
Tobias Vineyards Chardonnay North Coast 2010 Tobias Vineyards Chardonnay North Coast 2010

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 2010 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)

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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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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Fowles Are You Game Chardonnay 2011 Product #27988 (In Stock)
Fowles Are You Game Chardonnay 2011 Fowles Are You Game Chardonnay 2011

If you go high up the Strathbogie Ranges in cool Victoria, Australia, turns out you can make a pretty delicious bottle of Chardonnay.  About two-thirds ferments in tank and one-third in barrel to achieve a perfect balance of yeasty, toasty, complexity and bright, juicy, fruit. Zingy and fresh on the finish, this is built to sing with anything from seafood to roast pheasant.

"Fresh and lively, juicy with pear, melon and citrus flavors that persist easily on the crisp finish."Wine Spectator 89 points

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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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Josephine Dubois Chablis 2011 Product #27585 (In Stock)
Josephine Dubois Chablis 2011 Josephine Dubois Chablis 2011

If you thought the "regular" Bourgogne was good, wait until you try this staggering 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 not harsh or sour, it's an outstanding everyday Chablis for fish or other light dishes.

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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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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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Independent Producers (Hedges) Chardonnay 2012 Product #28250 (In Stock)
Independent Producers (Hedges) Chardonnay 2012 Independent Producers (Hedges) Chardonnay 2012

House of Independent Producers is Christophe Hedges' project to showcase some of the most exciting independently-owned vineyards in Washington's Columbia Valley.  The Chardonnay is very Burgundian - Macon-like, to be specific - with gorgeous aromas of pear and apple and accents of lychee, straw, and lemon custard.  In the mouth, it's full and round with plenty of ripe fruit, but also zingy green apple acidity and just a touch of caramel.  No oak but plenty of spice and richness with a mouthwatering, bright, finish.

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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 Beaujolas Cru Chiroubles 2012 Product #28292 (In Stock)

"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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Baer Chardonnay "Shard" Washington 2011 Product #26604 (In Stock)
Baer Chardonnay Baer Chardonnay

No oak here, but tons and tons of flavor.  Just 390 cases made of this wine that starts with pristine fruit fermented in stainless steel and then made creamier by regular lees stirring.  Aromas and flavors of heirloom apples and orchard fruits shine here with an intriguing savory note weaving in and out as well.  Clean, crisp, and a little creamy with a hint of salty caramel on the long, juicy, finish.  Fine stuff.

"Subdued aromas of peach, nut meats and mint, plus a hint of crab apple. Supple, rich and broad, with good chewy extract to the stone fruit and spice flavors. Finishes saline, tactile and persistent. I certainly don't miss the oak."International Wine Cellar 89 points

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De Forville Chardonnay Cascina Buc Piemonte 2011 Product #25984 (In Stock)
De Forville Chardonnay Cascina Buc Piemonte 2011 De Forville Chardonnay Cascina Buc Piemonte 2011

There's actually a lot of Chardonnay grown in Italy, but it tends to suffer from one of two faults:  too expensive or not very good.  This is the exception!  Barolo's DeForville family planted a small vineyard in Barbaresco to Chardonnay in the mid-1980s and the results are very, very, impressive.  This bright, crisp, Chardonnay is vinified and raised in stainless steel to preserve freshness and energy.  It's creamy in the mouth with juicy pineapple, green apple, fresh butter, and a touch of chalk but finishes with a lovely squirt of lemony acidity.  Great with seafood or just to start off a meal.

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