C H A R D O N N A Y


98 THE VINECRAFTER
2017 Chardonnay
South Africa $10
(tasted 9/25/18)

97 BALLARD LANE
2016 Chardonnay
Central Coast $12
(tasted 8/5/18)

97 BLUE QUAIL
2020 Chardonnay
Potter Valley - Mendocino $16
All fruit, no oak, in a wonderfully-crafted, well-balanced wine exhibiting crisp tropical fruit, apple, peach and pear flavors with light floral and mineral elements, ending in a finish that goes on and on and on. Consistently one of the best non-oaked chards we taste! (tasted 5/17/21)

97 BURNSIDE ROAD
2017 Chardonnay
Mendocino County $15
(tasted 6/25/18)

97 CONTEMPO
2018 Chardonnay
Chile $10
(tasted 2/14/19)

97 HONEST
2016 Chardonnay
California $17
This is a really pretty wine for those who dont like a lot of oak/butter. Nice, fresh tropical and stone fruit aromas mingling with light floral notes and whiffs of oak and butter. Crisp fruit on the palate, well-balanced and structured in a smooth body leading to a wonderful long, lingering finish. (tasted 6/4/18)

97 SANBORN
2018 Chardonnay
Santa Rita Hills $18
(tasted 6/17/20)

97 SEAN MINOR
2017 Chardonnay
Central Coast $14
Pretty pineapple, green apple, peach, banana and lemon/lime aromas nestled in light vanilla and oak. Beautifully balanced, fresh, crisp and wonderfully structured its hard to stop drinking this wine. Great mouthfeel all the way through the long, lingering finish. (tasted 6/12/18)

96 BLUE QUAIL
2019 Chardonnay
Potter Valley - Mendocino $16
Our consistent note with this wine is this is what chardonnay is supposed to taste like. All fruit, no oak, in a beautifully-crafted, well-balanced wine exhibiting crisp tropical fruit, apple, peach and pear flavors with light floral elements, ending in a long, lingering finish. (tasted 8/1/20)

96 CONTEMPO
2019 Chardonnay
Cachapoal Valley - Chile $10
(tasted 9/10/19)

96 MAGNOLIA (KRUTZ FAMILY CELLARS)
2015 Chardonnay
Inspiration Vineyard - Russian River Valley $20
(tasted 3/29/18)

96 MATCHBOOK
2017 Old Head Chardonnay
Dunnigan Hills $15
At first this wine smells like a typical California chardonnay a lot of winemaking and very little fruit. But as it opens and hits your palate it transforms into a wonderfully balanced, crisp wine with loads of character and fruit, some spice and just enough butter and oak to round out the long, lingering finish. This is a wine for those who want a balance between a typical Cal chard and an un-oaked chard. (tasted 12/19/18)

96 NOW PRESENTING
2017 Chardonnay
Central Coast $15
This is a really nice, smooth, creamy Central Coast chard without a lot of winemaking getting in the way. Aromas and flavors of pear, citrus, red apple and peach shine on the palate, with light nuts, vanilla and oak in the background. Very nicely done! (tasted 6/3/19)

95 AROMO
2017 Chardonnay
Maule Valley - Chile $10
(tasted 5/29/19)

95 CYCLES GLADIATOR
2019 Chardonnay
California $13
(tasted 9/10/21)

95 EVEREARTH
2020 Chardonnay
California $15
(tasted 7/7/21)

95 JOHN'S VINEYARD
2019 Chardonnay
Central Coast $15
(tasted 10/21/20)

95 JOLIESSE
2017 Chardonnay
California $13
Through the initial aromas and flavors you want this wine to have just a bit more fruit. But once in the glass for a while the fruit does emerge, creating a crisp, clean, nicely-balanced wine. Do this: drink a glass then put the opened bottle in the frig for the next evening. The fruit will be much more pronounced the second day. (tasted 2/17/19)

95 LONGVALE
2020 Chardonnay
California $18
(tasted 10/14/21)

95 LONGVALE
2019 Chardonnay
California $15
(tasted 1/17/21)

95 MATCHBOOK
2014 Old Head Chardonnay
Dunnigan Hills $15
(tasted 9/3/16)

94 BLUE QUAIL
2018 Chardonnay
Potter Valley - Mendocino $16
(tasted 3/8/19)

94 LONGVALE
2018 Chardonnay
California $15
(tasted 11/17/19)

94 SEBASTOPOL OAKS
2019 Chardonnay
California $15
(tasted 11/8/20)

94 WILLOWBROOK
2019 Chardonnay
Napa Valley $24
(tasted 3/6/21)

93 CONTEMPO
2021 Chardonnay
Cachapoal Valley - Chile $10
(tasted 11/14/21)

93 CYCLES GLADIATOR
2017 Chardonnay
California $10
(tasted 3/4/19)

93 WILLOWBROOK
2018 Chardonnay
Napa Valley $24
(tasted 11/17/19)

93 WILLOWBROOK
2017 Chardonnay
Napa Valley $24
This is what we call a TCC Typical California Chardonnay, which is not a bad thing if you like a lot of winemaking getting in the way of the fruit and secondary characteristics. The first day we tried it there was just too much oak and vanilla. But after letting it sit overnight no preservation system) the fruit came out and the winemaking subsided a bit. Still a lot of oak and vanilla, but a lot of people like that, so (tasted 6/3/19)

93 WILLOWBROOK
2016 Chardonnay
California $16
(tasted 7/15/17)

92 SEBASTOPOL OAKS
2018 Chardonnay
California $15
(tasted 3/22/20)

91 CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC
2019 Chardonnay
California $15
(tasted 11/8/20)

91 ESTATE CELLARS
2019 Chardonnay
Central Coast $16
(tasted 9/10/21)

90 CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC
2018 Chardonnay
California $18
(tasted 11/17/19)

90 EDUCATED GUESS
2017 Chardonnay
Sonoma Coast $25
(tasted 11/18/19)

90 FREELANDER
2018 Chardonnay
District One $14
(tasted on 8/10/20)

90 JOLIESSE
2018 Chardonnay
California $12
(tasted 2/27/20)

90 TARAVAL
2019 Chardonnay
Santa Lucia Highlands $18
(tasted 11/27/20)