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HESS COLLECTION 12 CH
HESS COLLECTION 2012 CHARDONNAY
NAPA VALLEY 750mL
Item: #228620
Bottle Size:750ml
$17.99
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HESS SELECT 12 CH
HESS SELECT 2012 CHARDONNAY
750ML
Item: #274457
Bottle Size:750ml
$8.95
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HOBBS 12 CH ROSS STATION
$65.99
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ROBERT PARKER 91-94 POINTS - "Paul Hobbs has built quite an empire, both as a worldwide respected wine consultant and as the owner of his winery in Sonoma Valley. Read More...
I reviewed his Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon cuvees in Issue 209, and on this visit I tasted through his 2011 and 2012 Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs as well as a few Syrahs. His wines consistently hit all the high notes, and Hobbs continues to be a serious talent. I particularly enjoy his Cross Barn, inexpensive Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The 2011 Chardonnays range from tiny productions of 138 cases for the Ulises Valdez to 3,600 for the Russian River Chardonnay. The 2012s all reveal the tremendous up-front fruit characteristics of this year along with surprisingly high average alcohols, and good fresh acids. Paul Hobbs has introduced two Cross Barn Pinot Noir cuvees, one from the Sonoma Coast and one from Anderson Valley. These wines use a tiny bit of stems during their fermentations, and spend four months in barrel, 15% of which is new. Tasting through these same cuvees in 2012 demonstrated just how gorgeous this vintage is across the board in Northern California.

"The medium to full-bodied, crisp 2012 Chardonnay Ross Station Estate is a beautifully fragrant effort displaying notes of pear, honeysuckle, creme caramel and pineapple. Drink this offering over the next 4-5 years."
HUDSON 10 CH ESTATE 1.5L
HUDSON 2010 CHARDONNAY
ESTATE CARNEROS 1.5L
Item: #231160
Bottle Size:1.5L
WA:92
$140.00
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Nestled in the rolling hillsides of the Carneros growing region, Lee Hudson has some of the most amazing vineyards we have ever seen! His list of clients who purchase Hudson Vineyard Read More...
fruit include Arnot Roberts, Bedrock, Cakebread, Duckhorn, Kistler, Kongsgaard, Lewis, Neyers, Nickel & Nickel, Orin Swift, Patz & Hall, and Ramey. The individual blocks within the vineyards are sites of intense varietal distinctiveness.

The wine fermented slowly in French oak barrels with the wild yeasts finishing fermentation early in the new year and malolactic following soon after. Somehow, Hudson Chardonnay has the ability to be rich and decadent, yet retains fresh acidity, vibrancy, and minerals.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "These three new releases from Hudson Vineyards are more than worthy follow-ups to the 2009s. Christopher Vandendriessche is the winemaker, while John Kongsgaard consults.

"The 2010 Chardonnay is gorgeous. Layers of expressive, varietal fruit emerge from a rich, textured Chardonnay long on class and personality. Ripe peaches, orange blossoms, spices and butter all flesh out on the gorgeous, expressive finish. The 2010 was aged in French oak barrels, 80% new, with batonnage twice a month. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018."
HUDSON 11 CH ESTATE 1.5L
HUDSON 2011 CHARDONNAY
ESTATE CARNEROS 1.5L
Item: #231110
Bottle Size:1.5L
WA:93
$140.00
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Nestled in the rolling hillsides of the Carneros growing region, Lee Hudson has some of the most amazing vineyards we have ever seen! His list of clients who purchase Hudson Vineyard Read More...
fruit include Arnot Roberts, Bedrock, Cakebread, Duckhorn, Kistler, Kongsgaard, Lewis, Neyers, Nickel & Nickel, Orin Swift, Patz & Hall, and Ramey. The individual blocks within the vineyards are sites of intense varietal distinctiveness.

The wine fermented slowly in French oak barrels with the wild yeasts finishing fermentation early in the new year and malolactic following soon after. Somehow, Hudson Chardonnay has the ability to be rich and decadent, yet retains fresh acidity, vibrancy, and minerals.

ROBERT PARKER 93 POINTS - "My favorite wine of this trio is the sensational 2011 Chardonnay which reveals a Batard-Montrachet-like richness and hazelnut creaminess. Made from an Old Wente clone and aged in 80% new oak (which it hides very well), this wine has good acidity and a surprising, rich, intense mouthfeel with lots of caramelized tropical and honeyed fruit. This full-bodied wine is fresh, which is typical of this vintage, especially for many of the white wines. It appears to have 4-5 years of drinkability."
HUDSON 12 CH ESTATE
HUDSON 2012 CHARDONNAY
ESTATE CARNEROS 750mL
Item: #231150
Bottle Size:750ML
$64.95
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Nestled in the rolling hillsides of the Carneros growing region, Lee Hudson has some of the most amazing vineyards we have ever seen! His list of clients who purchase Hudson Vineyard Read More...
fruit include Arnot Roberts, Bedrock, Cakebread, Duckhorn, Kistler, Kongsgaard, Lewis, Neyers, Nickel & Nickel, Orin Swift, Patz & Hall, and Ramey. The individual blocks within the vineyards are sites of intense varietal distinctiveness.

The wine fermented slowly in French oak barrels with the wild yeasts finishing fermentation early in the new year and malolactic following soon after. Somehow, Hudson Chardonnay has the ability to be rich and decadent, yet retains fresh acidity, vibrancy, and minerals.

A stony mineral profile emerges from the nose with slightly reductive notes of apple, toast, and grilled nuts. Very intense entry on the palate with mouth-watering racy fruit, but somehow the wine is creamy, yet light. Grilled almonds, baked apples, and lemon zest are all here in spades yet framed so wonderfully with the vibrant acid. There is nothing overblown here for a wine of this richness, and this is perhaps the best “Hudson” Chardonnay yet!
HYDE 12 CH ESTATE
HYDE & SONS 2012 CHARDONNAY
ESTATE CARNEROS 750mL
Item: #235410
Bottle Size:750ml
$54.95
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Hyde Vineyards is one of the best vineyards in Napa Valley's Carneros region. Situated on gently rolling hills, the soil is only about 36 inches deep, and the subsoil is impenetrable clay. Read More...
Larry Hyde and family fanatically farm this property to ensure only the best grapes are available for wineries, and their clientele list includes Auteur, DuMol, Kistler, Merryvale, Miner, Patz & Hall, and Ramey.

The Chardonnay comes from the odlest blocks on the property, and is reminiscent of the best Montrachets from Burgundy! Showing lovely minerals on the nose along with lemon verbena, green apple, and almond, this wine is fresh on the palate
IRON HORSE 12 CH SONOMA
IRON HORSE 2012 CHARDONNAY SONOMA VALLEY
Item: #232120
Bottle Size:750ML
$21.99
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They have successfully added layers and complexity to their Estate bottling without resorting to more oak and ML (malo-lactic). For them, malo-lactic fermentation is simply an acid Read More...
balancing tool – not a stylistic component, and like keeping the oak beautifully integrated in the wine.
J WINE 13 CH RRV
$24.99
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Notes of Meyer lemon, peach, vanilla, toasted almond and honey tickle the nose and mouth. The weighty, seamless palate has a creamy crème brûlée texture. A long, luxurious finish exhibits Read More...
hints of caramel, nutmeg and cinnamon.

JACKHAMMER 13 CH
JACKHAMMER 2013 CHARDONNAY
CENTRAL COAST 750mL
Item: #232460
Bottle Size:750ml
$10.95
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The burgeoning spring, beginning the 20th of this month, will see the seeds and shoots of new growth as the cycle of life begins again. Is there a better time, we thought, to feature Read More...
a fresh, clean, unoaked Chardonnay than now? Well, to be honest, we didn't think that at all. We happened to taste this wine in January and were collectively blown away at how delicious, varietally correct and affordably priced this Jackhammer was and is. We've featured their delicious Pinot Noirs many times before (for much the same reason as this Chard-- delicious, varietally correct, affordably priced) so we were pleasantly not surprised to experience how good this wine is.

Really? You may ask; ever-ubiquitous Chardonnay, the chameleon that can taste like a panoply of flavors, textures and techniques (depending on vintner practice and manipulation)? Yes, we respond, while Chardonnay can run the gamut from oaky butterball to rock-licking minerality, and every great (and not-so-great) degree in between-- when a Chardonnay hits the target, rings the bell, hits it out of the yard, it is a thing of beauty; and that's what this Chardonnay is.

The secret (or not-so-secret) is in the vineyard and the harvest. Here's what the Jackhammer team says: "The grapes for this wine were harvested through all of October from two vineyards, Spanish Springs in San Luis Obispo, and Kirsty's Vineyard in Monterey. These cool-climate growing regions provide high natural acidity. The wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks and did not go through malolactic fermentation. 2013 was a very dry year with a lower rain fall winter preceeding the growing season. The vintage was warmer than average with a little heat in late August... but other than that it was perfect weather during harvest: consistent temperatures of around 78 degrees, clear skies for the entire harvests. One of the best harvests in quite a while."

Our notes: ...on the nose, notes of pear, lemon grass, lanolin and river water. Mixed tropical fruits. The palate starts lush with nice viscosity but an excellent layer of acidity keeps it light and lean. Flavors: more tropical fruits, lemon zest, white peach with a touch of cream soda, minerality in the finish. Lovely wine, killer value. Enjoy solo (we did!) or with white fish, grilled shrimp, sushi, tilapia tacos.
JAMES 13 CH "JGR"
$24.95
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Tobin James Cellars, located 8 miles east of Paso Robles on Highway 46, sits among 71 acres of vineyard's and oak dotted hills. A magnificent setting for magnificent wines!
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This region is wonderful for powerful reds, but Monterey County holds a better place for Chardonnays. Rich & creamy with great citrus flavors, this is the perfect Chardonnay for afternoons and light to moderate food!
JCB 11 CH NO.81
$26.99
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Each JCB wine is known by a number. And each number has deep significance for Jean-Charles Boisset, the collection’s creator and namesake. No. 81 refers to the excitement Jean-Read More...
Charles felt in 1981 when he came to California from Burgundy for the first time. For that trip, he was inspired to make an elegant chardonnay evocative of the white Burgundies he had grown up with yet undeniably of California provenance.

For Jean-Charles Boisset, the lemony/tropical aromas of this chardonnay are especially ALLURING, calling the taster back over and over again. The plush, creme-brulee-like texture is rich, yet the wine has an elegance that makes it quite EPHEMERAL. Finally, the long, ripe finish is delicious. It makes you insanely INSATIABLE!.
JUSTIN 13 CH
JUSTIN 2013 CHARDONNAY
CENTRAL COAST 750mL
Item: #232890
Bottle Size:750ML
$15.99
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A perpetual favorite here at the store, Justin Winery is synonymous with quality. From their flagship bottling of Isosceles to their everyday wines, they are all, across-the-board, astounding! Read More...
The latest release of their Chardonnay is beautiful. French oak was used to give the wine weight and richness, yet it did not undergo malolactic fermentation and partial tank fermentation was utilized to retain the grape's acidity.

Aromas of green apple, tropical fruit and ripe stone fruit combine with a hint of orange blossom on the nose of this wine. The entry is bright and crisp with good acid and flavors of peach, lemon and a hint of minerality. The wine finishes with multiple layers of honey, cream and a touch of caramel from the lees stirred French oak.
KALI HART 12 CH
KALI HART 2012 CHARDONNAY
MONTEREY COUNTY 750mL
Item: #235150
Bottle Size:750ml
$13.99
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KEENAN 12 CH
KEENAN 2012 CHARDONNAY
SPRING MOUNTAIN DISTRICT 750mL
Item: #233900
Bottle Size:750ML
$27.99
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Keenan's 2012 Chardonnay was hand harvested, de-stemmed, then gently pressed. The juice was fermented and aged in French and American oak barrels. The wine was left on the lees and Read More...
the barrels were stirred weekly. No secondary, or malolactic fermentation was carried out, leading to the crisp, citrus character of this wine. The wine was bottled after approximately seven months of aging in the cellar.

The finished wine shows citrus, ripe pear and green apple in the nose. Hints of lush white peach are noticed as the wine opens up. The sur-lie aging has added richness and complexity, and plenty of oak character returns on the finish. Like all of Keenan’s wines, this Chardonnay is a food worthy wine whose crisp acidity and medium body will accompany a wide variety of food fare.
KENDALL-JACKSON 12 CH AVANT
KENDALL-JACKSON 12 CH AVANT
Item: #234291
Bottle Size:750ML
$12.95
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Kendall-Jackson Avant continues their nearly three decades of pioneering distinguished varietal wines from California's cool coastal appellations. This rendition is sourced from Monterey, Read More...
Santa Barbara, and Mendocino Counties. Avant takes its name from the French word for before and reflects the vibrant expression of the fruit before oak has the chance to impart much flavor. This refreshing Chardonnay bursts with intriguing layers of fresh pineapple, bright green apple, crisp Meyer lemon, juicy pear and wildflowers. The wine's refreshing acidity and sleek mineral notes are balanced by a rounded mid-palate with a long, pure fruit finish.
KENDALL-JACKSON 12 CH GR RES
KENDALL-JACKSON 12 CH GR RES
Item: #234331
Bottle Size:750ml
WA:90
$13.49
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There are nearly 260,000 cases of the 2009 Grand Reserve Chardonnay, which comes from Jess Jackson’s estate holdings in Santa Barbara and Monterey. Some serious vineyards’ fruit is Read More...
included in this wine, which no doubt explains the big, tropical fruit-scented nose, fine acidity, and medium to full-bodied flavors. Despite the fact that this cuvee sees 100% barrel fermentation with full malolactic, there is little evidence of oak. The wine is aged eight months, on its lees, in one-third French oak. It is an amazing Chardonnay for the price.
KISTLER 13 CH SONOMA MOUNTAIN
KISTLER 2013 CHARDONNAY
SONOMA MOUNTAIN 750mL
Item: #233700
Bottle Size:750ML
$64.95
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Kistler produces one of the more coveted Chardonnays out of California! Their single-vineyard wines receive lofty scores from the critics, and easily command prices in excess of $100.Read More...
00 to $200.00 per bottle. However, we secured a small allocation of their Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay, which offers many the flavors of the single-vineyard Chardonnays, but at a more affordable price!

The Kistler plantings on Sonoma Mountain, situated on a hillside bench perfectly suited for growing world class Chardonnay, are interlaced with the rare combination of red volcanic and fine grained chalky soils. These are east facing terraced vineyards, shadowed from the afternoon sun by giant redwoods. This is a remarkable marriage of site and orientation to the cooler trendings of the valley below. They are some of the oldest Chardonnay vineyards in Sonoma County.

This wine is tremendously complex, straw/gold colored wine that really does run the entire gamut. It starts off with Burgundian with intense aromas of green apple and sea spray, flavors of flint and citrus, and is structured by vibrant acidity. As the wine opens, it becomes more and more Californian, with notes of roasted almonds, pineapple, lemon bar, marshmallow, toasted oak, and butter notes. Big, lavish, full-bodied, and mouth-watering, there is a reason why Kistler Chardonnays are requested every day of the year...and this is a GREAT representation of their house style.
LA CHERTOSA 12 CH RES SONOMA V
$25.99
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LA CREMA 12 CH SONOMA
LA CREMA 2012 CHARDONNAY
SONOMA COAST 750mL
Item: #236450
Bottle Size:750ML
$15.99
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Here’s an old favorite which we love and promote for good reason. The La Crema Chardonnay shows off its true Sonoma Coast origins like a very expensive wine should, but wait... this Read More...
only costs $15.99!

There are delicious flavors of pear, white peach and butterscotch intermingling on the palette and a long lingering finish that goes farther than any wine at this price should. This wine is more than just value, as it shows true depth and personality. Winemaker Melissa Stackhouse takes great care in ensuring that this wine is balanced and a marvelous stand out in the great sea of value-priced Chardonnay.

Just a quick whiff reveals great purity, with huge tropical and floral notes. In light of our current economic climate, La Crema Winery hits the mark on quality and availability, all the while delivering it prudently. Oh! And we should mention that Robert Parker said, This Chardonnay / Pinot Noir specialist should receive rave notices from bargain hunters looking for a top-flight Chardonnay that is complex, rich, and widely available. So we are by no means the only people who understand this winery's significance.

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