Top 10 Chardonnays You Can Find Tonight

Find these great Chardonnays at almost any wine shop


Yesterday I took a look at some nationally available Cabernet Sauvignons; today I turn my attention to Chardonnay. Much as with the Cabernets, there is a definite connection between price and quality. That thing called value, of course. But like with the Cabernets, the best wine may not always be the best wine for a holiday party or large group. Sometimes you just want to save a few dollars and not have to suffer through another bad bottle, while at other times your crowd just wouldn't know the difference, so why pay more?

This list that follows are wines that are broadly available. You should be able to find them just about anywhere, so they are perfect wines to pick up on the way to your next holiday party, or to try once the holiday has passed. You never know, a wine like the $15 Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay or the $9 bottle from Round Hill might be just what you're looking for!

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2010 Jordan Chardonnay Alexander Valley 13.5% $29

Wonderfully balanced with intense flavors of tart apple and citrus fruit paired with a hint of toast and vanilla in the mouth. Zesty, bright and complex. 92pts Read the Full Review

Acidity: Medium High
Perceived Sweetness: Low
Oak: Medium Low
Spicy Flavors: Low
Savory Flavors: Medium Low
Fruity Flavors: Medium High
Intensity of Flavor: Medium High
Weight in Mouth: Medium Low

2009 Rodney Strong Chardonnay Reserve Russian River Valley 14.5% $35

Large scaled but so well-balanced with fresh apricot, pineapple and lemon flavors, framed with nutty oak and some light, creamy ginger creme brulee notes. 92pts
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Acidity: Medium
Perceived Sweetness: Low
Oak: Medium
Spicy Flavors: Medium Low
Savory Flavors: Medium
Fruity Flavors: Medium
Intensity of Flavor: Medium High
Weight in Mouth: Medium

2010 Ferrari Carano Chardonnay Sonoma County 14.1% $22

Broad and complex on the palate with crisp heirloom apple, green plum and dried lime flavors. 91pts Read the Full Review

Acidity: Medium
Perceived Sweetness: Medium Low
Oak: Medium Low
Spicy Flavors: Medium Low
Savory Flavors: Medium
Fruity Flavors: Medium High
Intensity of Flavor: Medium
Weight in Mouth: Medium

2011 Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay Napa Valley 13.5% $15

Vivid and fresh in the mouth with bright, nervous flavors of apple, smoked nuts and pithy lime. 88pts Read the Full Review

Acidity: Medium
Perceived Sweetness: Low
Oak: Medium Low
Spicy Flavors: Medium Low
Savory Flavors: Medium
Fruity Flavors: Medium High
Intensity of Flavor: Medium
Weight in Mouth: Medium

2011 Kenwood Vineyards Chardonnay Sonoma County 13.5% $15

A bit of earthiness adds some complexity to the fresh apple fruit layered over hints of butter, vanilla, and gentle mineral tones. 87pts Read the Full Review

Acidity: Medium
Perceived Sweetness: Low
Oak: Low
Spicy Flavors: Medium Low
Savory Flavors: Medium Low
Fruity Flavors: Medium
Intensity of Flavor: Medium
Weight in Mouth: Medium

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Chardonnay You Can Find Tonight

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Jordan Chardonnay (2010)
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Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill Reserve (2009)
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Ferrari Carano Chardonnay Alexander Valley (2010)
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Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Stagecoach (2011)
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Kenwood Vineyards Sonoma County Chardonnay (2011)
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Independent Producers Chardonnay (2011)
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Freemark Abbey Chardonnay Napa (2011)
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Franciscan Oakville Estate Chardonnay (2011)
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Chappellet Chardonnay Napa Valley (2010)
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Wente Vineyards Chardonnay Riva Ranch Heritage Block (2010)
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La Crema 'Sonoma' Chardonnay (2011)
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The Seeker Chardonnay (2010)
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Bogle Chardonnay California (2011)
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Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay Monterey Santa Barbara (2010)
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Mirassou California Chardonnay (2011)
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