Chardonnay

Species: Vitis Vinifera
Parentage: Cross between Pinot & Gouais Blanc
Aliases: Aubaine, Beaunois, Gamay Blanc, Melon Blanc...
Grape Color: White
Regions: Though the origins of Chardonnay lie in France’s Burgundy region, the grape is grown worldwide.
Type(s) of the Wine the Grape Produces: Chablis, White Burgundy, Champagne

British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, Chardonnay took its varietal qualities to the next level and ‘virtually became a brand.’

Delicate. Malleable. Neutral. Reflecting on its terroir and its winemakers’ preferences, Chardonnay gained fame from its widespread success in the Burgundy and Champagne regions of France. If a painter stares at his blank white canvas with a thousand possibilities of expressing himself to society, winemakers do no differently with Chardonnay. This varietal holds the rare quality of having its flavors mold to the many differences in Read more »

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  • What are the secrets of a winemaker with over one hundred 90+ point wines ... Well Small Lot Chardonnay Livermore Valley 2014 This is a tasting room exclusive. Plan your visit now -- the historic tasting room just reopened after a period of renovation. Robbie says: When it comes to white winemaking, you have just one chance to get perfect juice... Read More

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  • Chardonnay, tonight I'm thinking that Adam Tolmach's support ot the IPOB thing has improved his wines.  This is the second Ojai that has really impressed me in the last few weeks.  A somewhat floral nose, but al fruit on entry--green apple, nectarine, kiwi.  A deft use of oak.  I can detect it, and I'm OK with it because this is not an overblown... Read More

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  • The Ojai Vineyard Chardonnay Solomon Hills Vineyard 2013

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    Almost a floral nose. That surprises me a bit. Various fruits on ... an ... an over-the-top California Chardonnay. This one is pretty restraine Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Buena Vista Chardonnay Sonoma 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Prytania Russian River Valley Sonoma County Chardonnay 2014

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    A recent Tasting Room selection; Pale Gold in the glass; opens with Caramel, Cotton Candy, Mint, fresh Bread; Dry, with a full and silky mouth-feel. Very bright, with medium to light oak and smooth minimum Tannins, and high Acidity. Tasting of Moss and Earth, Orange blossoms and Vanilla. Great balance of light Oak and minimal Fruit with an Acid... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Rabbit Ridge Chardonnay Paso Robles 2014

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    Golden straw color, with a few tiny bits of what appears to be cork floating ... interesting and enjoyable chardonna Read More

    Wine review by SidneyMay


  • Unlimited Pours of 7 Wines with DinnerRegister ... Tasting Notes: A splash of Chardonnay contributes to the flavors of fresh citrus and green pear, with notes of white flowers.Provenance Sauvignon Blanc: A gamble on growing white grapes in the traditionally red region of Rutherford, Calif., paid off big. Experience what is possibly the finest e... Read More

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  • Bliss Chardonnay 2013

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    Greenish straw color. Notes of green apple, melon, and coconut on the nose. Rich, creamy mouthfeel with green melon, honey, bruised apple, honeydew/cantalope flavours. Read More

    Wine review by SidneyMay


  • Ryan Patrick Naked Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2014

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    A touch phenolic in the nose with sweet spice notes and floral blossom and pear aromas with some nectarine hints. Soft and delicate in the mouth, this has a dairy element up front despite being unoaked and shows peach and green apple fruit throughout with a touch of yeastiness on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay 2013

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    very good balance of fruits and spices. a bit toasty, which adds to the intrigue. good! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • For years I have been buying your 5 L boxes of Chardonay and Cabernet at Washington DC stores when they are on sale. For the past six months; no sales. When I called to ask why? "Franzia has raised prices too much to have any more sles of the box wines."

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  • i was given a bottle of The Rothbury Estate 1991 Cowra Chardonnay. This wine was selected by the house committee of the parliment of NSW. So therefore has it has the parliment of NSW label, can anyone tell me of its value?

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  • i have just been given a bottle of pominio bianco 2003 chardonnay. can anyone give me an estimate on what its worth?

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  • I am looking for the "old style" Chardonnay. The kind most people don't like these days. Big, bold with creamy oaky long finish. Is there such a thing anymore? I really don't like stainless steel Chardonnay.

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  • 2008 reserva del fin del mundo patagonia, argentina

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  • smooth buttery finish malalactic processed

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