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CHARDONNAY

Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine. It originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France but is now grown wherever wine is produced. The Chardonnay grape itself is very neutral, with many of the flavors commonly associated with the grape being derived from such influences as terroir and oak. It is vinified in many different styles, from the lean, crisply mineral wines of Chablis, France to New World wines with oak, and tropical fruit flavors. In cool climates (such as Chablis and the Sonoma Coast AVA of California), Chardonnay tends to be medium to light body with noticeable acidity and flavors of green plum, apple and pear. In warmer locations (such as the Adelaide Hills and Mornington Peninsula in Australia and Gisborne and Marlborough region of New Zealand) the flavors become more citrus, peach and melon while in very warm locations (such as the Napa Valley AVA of California) more fig and tropical fruit notes such as banana and mango come out. Wines that have gone through malolactic fermentation tend to have softer acidity and fruit flavors with buttery mouthfeel and hazelnut notes.

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  • 14 HANDS CHARDONNAY WASHINGTON STATE 750mL

    Item #: 200190
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  • ACACIA CH CARNEROS

    Item #: 200090
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vibrant aromas of crème brûlée, ginger, lemon curd and white peach are followed by a creamy entry which blossoms to a full, sweet, peach, nectarine...
    Vibrant aromas of crème brûlée, ginger, lemon curd and white peach are followed by a creamy entry which blossoms to a full, sweet, peach, nectarine and citrus mid-palate. Medium-bodied with vibrant acidity, the wine finishes long and full.
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  • ADAPTATION 2013 CHARDONNAY NAPA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 200150
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Fermented and aged mostly in stainless steel, this approachable style showcases the fruit purity and true essence of Napa Valley Chardonnay in a gr...
    Fermented and aged mostly in stainless steel, this approachable style showcases the fruit purity and true essence of Napa Valley Chardonnay in a great vintage. This wine displays aromas of melons, Bartlett pear, and acacia flower followed on the palate by flavors of granny smith apple, banana, kiwi, spearmint, a touch of creaminess and fresh acidity.
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  • ALMA DE CATTELYA 2015 CHARDONNAY SONOMA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: 200650
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Bibiana Gonzalez Rave crafts the Alma de Cattleya wines to be high-quality offerings that represent Sonoma County. Alma means "soul" in Spanish, a...
    Bibiana Gonzalez Rave crafts the Alma de Cattleya wines to be high-quality offerings that represent Sonoma County. Alma means "soul" in Spanish, and Cattleya is the national flower of her native country, Columbia. Making wine meant having to leave Columbia for other climates conducive to grape growing: leaving Bibiana to recognize her country, and her passion, in making this wine.

    These Chardonnay grapes were grown along the rolling hills of Sonoma County. The cold and foggy days slowly ripen the grapes, capturing the beauty of this variety: great texture, intense fruit aromatics, and ample acidity.
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  • ALMA ROSA 2015 CHARDONNAY SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: 276842
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Working in partnership for more than 30 years, Thekla and Richard Sanford founded multiple, successful winegrowing enterprises. Their latest ventur...
    Working in partnership for more than 30 years, Thekla and Richard Sanford founded multiple, successful winegrowing enterprises. Their latest venture, Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, represents the culmination of a lifetime's experience - an enterprise dedicated to creating high quality wines and setting a benchmark for organic farming, sustainable agriculture methods, and environment-friendly commerce.
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  • ALPHA OMEGA 2013 CHARDONNAY "II BY ALPHA OMEGA" NAPA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 200480
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    II by Alpha Omega is the culmination of the two worlds, the Alpha and the Omega, the Old World and the New World. Winemakers Jean Hoefliger and Mi...
    II by Alpha Omega is the culmination of the two worlds, the Alpha and the Omega, the Old World and the New World. Winemakers Jean Hoefliger and Michel Rolland worked to create a wine that is not only opulent, fruit forward and generous, but also has the backbone of European acidity and elegance. A reflection of both worlds, II is a wine that is built to be approachable, both in taste and price, and consumed early.

    This Chardonnay has a pale yet brilliant white gold color with touches of green. The nose displays intense green apple, pear, vanilla and white chocolate with minerality, bubble gum and jasmine mingled with fresh flavors of pear, apricot, honeysuckle and starfruit lingering on lemon and vanilla. Full-bodied, rich, and luscious, this is the quintessential wine for California Chardonnay lovers!
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  • ALPHA OMEGA 2013 CHARDONNAY NAPA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 200520
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Alpha Omega's Chardonnay is naturally fermented, unfined and unfiltered. The integration of six different clones of Chardonnay brings unique charac...
    Alpha Omega's Chardonnay is naturally fermented, unfined and unfiltered. The integration of six different clones of Chardonnay brings unique characteristics to this multifaceted wine. They achieve precision and balance by an 18-month aging process in French oak with constant stirring. The result is an elegant and finesse driven Chardonnay that embodies Meursault with a California accent.

    This Chardonnay is bright yellow gold with hints of buttermilk and mercury. On the nose there's an explosion of brioche, gingerbread and creme brulee with touches of apricot, quince and tomato stems lingering on citrus, honey, soap and butterscotch. The palate is fresh on entry, evolving on salted caramel with hints of butterscotch and citrus lingering on nutmeg, fresh pears and candied peaches.
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  • AMALIE ROBERT 2012 CHARDONNAY "HEIRLOOM CAMEO" WILLAMETTE VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 201320
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Amalie Robert's "Heirloom Cameo" Chardonnay is fermented in a single, large format French oak barrel or "puncheon." The goal of this fermentation ...
    Amalie Robert's "Heirloom Cameo" Chardonnay is fermented in a single, large format French oak barrel or "puncheon." The goal of this fermentation style is to enhance the breadth and depth of the wine through limited oak exposure and extended yeast or "lees" aging. Stylistically, this wine is made to be enjoyed throughout its time in bottle. Upon release the wine is fresh with pungent aromas and a broad mouth feel, followed by a crisp and satisfying finish. We expect this wine to age gracefully for several years and will reward a laddered approach to monitoring its development. The Chardonnay for this wine is estate grown in 1 small block. The blend is about half Dijon clone 76 and half Dijon clone 95. In most years this block ripens until a beautifully hued golden patina envelops the skins, and then Amalie Robert hand harvests all 1,089 vines.

    Scintillating aromas of Meyer lemon zest, purple passion fruit and carambola sheathed in a suggestion of five spice and pheromone provide intrigue. The deftly balanced palate is silky chiffon with latent acidity providing a gentle lift, all the while the effortlessly evolving textures and aromas vex. The enduring finish echoes the virtue of presence without weight. Only 70 cases were produced!
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  • ANCIENT PEAKS CHARDONNAY ESTATE PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: 211290
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The Ancient Peaks Chardonnay vines are rooted in granitic soils along the southeast border of the vineyard, where the morning and afternoon tempera...
    The Ancient Peaks Chardonnay vines are rooted in granitic soils along the southeast border of the vineyard, where the morning and afternoon temperatures are particularly cool. Here, brisk marine air settles after flowing through a mountain notch known as Trout Creek. These conditions provide Chardonnay fruit with the long period necessary to nurture vivid varietal character. Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles region, and as the only vineyard in the new Santa Margarita Ranch AVA. The surrounding mountain peaks act as a gateway for cool marine air, resulting in an extended growing season that yields fruit with uncommon depth and structure. The peaks are also testaments to the tectonic forces that created Margarita Vineyard’s rare diversity of soils, ultimately fostering natural complexity in their wines.

    This Chardonnay offers inviting aromas of pear, fig and lime zest with a hint of apple blossom. The palate begins on a creamy note, unfolding with bright flavors of nectarine, white peach, pineapple and lemon drop. Brisk mineral accents and fresh acidity converge on a buoyant, lively finish.
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  • ANGELINE CHARDONNAY RESERVE MONTEREY COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: 200730
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Located in the coastal foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range, the vineyards selected for this Reserve Monterey County Chardonnay are consiste...
    Located in the coastal foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range, the vineyards selected for this Reserve Monterey County Chardonnay are consistently cooled by the marine layer funneled in from the Monterey Bay throughout the growing season. Fog that is late to burn off, and a cool midday breeze, extend hang time to allow the grapes to be picked at the peak of the fruit’s flavor and acidity.

    This juicy, fruit driven Chardonnay is dominated by aromas of ripe golden apples, tropical pineapple and coconut, and zesty Meyer lemons. Not to be outdone, the luscious palate is balanced by bright acids and mild oak influence gives this wine a delicious lingering finish.
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  • ANTHILL FARMS 2015 CHARDONNAY "PEUGH" RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 201250
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This head-trained vineyard sits smack dab in the middle of the Russian River Valley, spread out on the plains that make up the northwestern outskir...
    This head-trained vineyard sits smack dab in the middle of the Russian River Valley, spread out on the plains that make up the northwestern outskirts of Santa Rosa. The faded brown soils, known as Huichica loam, offer an excellent mix of low fertility and rapid drainage. Most notable about the site, however, is the age of the vines: we don't know it exactly, but the best indication is that they were planted in the early 1940s, making it some of the oldest producing Chardonnay in the state.

    This wine is tauter still than the 2014; upon opening the wine, the nose is initially reluctant to reveal itself. With air and a little warmth, notes of fragrant iris and caraway seed emerge, buffeted by a hint of dry lanolin. The palate opens to reveal waves of cool white pepper, pink jasmine, and a flirtatious, juicy pungency. Precise acids guide the wine to a refreshing finish. Drink now through 2024. Alc. 13.4%
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  • ARGYLE 2013 CHARDONNAY "NUTHOUSE" WILLAMETTE VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 201790
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Argyle's Nuthouse Chardonnay is all about the interplay of savory texture and mineral edge. There is a satisfying and long lasting richness that i...
    Argyle's Nuthouse Chardonnay is all about the interplay of savory texture and mineral edge. There is a satisfying and long lasting richness that is hard to define in words. A chord which travels from the back of the palate, through the spine and into the crust of the volcanic soil of the Willamette Valley. Fresh cut wheat, lemon sabayon, crepes suzette, and delicate flake pastry.
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  • ARNOT-ROBERTS 2015 CHARDONNAY "TROUT GULCH" SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS 750mL

    Item #: 200360
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The focus of this two person operation is on small lot, single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay, as well as several other varieties u...
    The focus of this two person operation is on small lot, single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay, as well as several other varieties uncommon in Northern Californian vineyards. Sites are carefully chosen and are generally on the cooler end of the spectrum for the planted varieties. Collaboration with dedicated and passionate growers is paramount in the farming of these sites.

    Duncan and Nathan grew up around winemaking in the Napa Valley. Nathan is a second generation cooper and personally builds all of the French oak barrels that are utilized in the ageing of all Arnot-Roberts wines. Over the years Duncan has worked making wine in the Napa Valley in wineries like, Caymus, Groth, Acacia, Kongsgaard. Total production of Arnot-Roberts is around 2,000 cases per year with thirteen individual wines.

    The trout Gulch vineyard sits at 800' above the tiny town of Aptos, about 4 miles from the ocean in Santa Cruz county. The site was planted in 1980 to the old Wente clone of Chardonnay which is considered by many to be the heritage selection of Chardonnay in California.The soils in this cool climate site are sandy loam and the vines are carefully tended by Richard Alfaro. Harvest often stretches until mid October and the resulting wines are high in natural acidity with a notable salinity on the palate. We are excited to work with such a special site and think the wines we have produced so far from this plot will age well in the cellar for years to come.
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  • ARROWOOD 2014 CHARDONNAY SONOMA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: 201580
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Arrowood sources their fruit from the Russian River Valley, Sonoma-Los Carneros, and other choice growing regions where warm days are tempered by m...
    Arrowood sources their fruit from the Russian River Valley, Sonoma-Los Carneros, and other choice growing regions where warm days are tempered by morning fog and afternoon breezes coming from the Pacific Ocean. This climate is well suited to the more delicate, early-ripening varieties such as Chardonnay because the fruit develops more slowly and consistently, resulting in wines of exceptional flavor, complexity, and character.

    Aromatics of spiced oak, melon and Bartlett pear; palate is lush and layered with lingering acidity and flavors of citrus, ginger and baked apple on the finish.
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  • AU BON CLIMAT 2015 CHARDONNAY SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 375mL

    Item #: 200405
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
  • AU BON CLIMAT 2015 CHARDONNAY SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: 200400
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Burgundian in sensibility but with California style is one way of describing Jim Clendenen's Chardonnays- Structure and restraint melded with bou...
    Burgundian in sensibility but with California style is one way of describing Jim Clendenen's Chardonnays- Structure and restraint melded with bountiful opulence is another. In the glass, buttery brioche marries with tropical fruits in an irresistible elixir that will leave the bottle drained before you know it.
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  • BABCOCK 2015 CHARDONNAY "THE LIMIT" SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL

    Item #: 202970
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Notes from Winemaker Bryan Babcock: "You can pretty much tell this is going to be a big Chardonnay just by looking at it. The thickness of ...
    Notes from Winemaker Bryan Babcock: "You can pretty much tell this is going to be a big Chardonnay just by looking at it. The thickness of the golden, sun-ripened liquid is the tell-tale sign of the viscosity that is about to land on your tongue. Custardy, lemon chiffon, apple-pear fruit takes center stage in the nose. The mouth is like a succulent explosion of the whole thing. Once again, The Limit is a big, fat, rich compliment to the Top Cream, and the logical conclusion is that vintage 2015 was a great year for me when it came to Chardonnay. A word to the wise: be patient with this wine. It's so layered and there are so many facets to it that if you let it rest for a few more months, I think you will be well rewarded. By the 4th of July, this thing will be a bomb."
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  • BABCOCK 2015 CHARDONNAY SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL

    Item #: 202980
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Winemaker's Notes - "Imagine if I took some fruit from the Top Cream section of my estate vineyard, and instead of doing the full Burgundian...
    Winemaker's Notes - "Imagine if I took some fruit from the Top Cream section of my estate vineyard, and instead of doing the full Burgundian stylistic expansion with it, I fermented it in stainless steel at a nice cool temperature to lock in its fruit and minerality. Imagine if I borrowed from the Burgundian recipe just a little malolactic fermentation to balance the fruit's natural acidity with richness. What would one call such a wonderful thing? Well, here at the winery we call it "Baby Cream". No it does not have the world class dimension that the Top Cream has. But it does have rip roaring fruit with a mouthwatering finish that goes forever. If you call the winery and ask for Baby Cream, they'll know what you're talking about."
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  • BAILEYANA 2015 CHARDONNAY FIREPEAK" EDNA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 202570
    Bottle Size: 750ML
  • BALLETTO 2016 CHARDONNAY "TERESA'S UNOAKED" RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 207310
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    It's not often that tank-fermented Chardonnay delivers the depth and texture of Teresa's Unoaked Chardonnay. This rich and diverse wine has bright...
    It's not often that tank-fermented Chardonnay delivers the depth and texture of Teresa's Unoaked Chardonnay. This rich and diverse wine has bright fruit aromas and a nicely balanced mouth feel. The complex bouquet includes key lime, lemon peel, peaches and apricots. The crisp tartness complements the wine's natural viscosity and creates balance and elegance. This wine is extremely versatile with food. It's textured and plush enough to compliment rich seafood like lobster, crab and scallops, but also has a crisp acidity and fruit flavors that can pair nicely with more diverse flavors like grilled pork tenderloin with a fresh apple reduction sauce.
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  • BENZIGER CHARDONNAY SONOMA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: 204330
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    For those of you who are familiar with the Benziger line, you know by now that this family produces some of the best values from Sonoma and are fan...
    For those of you who are familiar with the Benziger line, you know by now that this family produces some of the best values from Sonoma and are fanatics amongst the wine world’s Green movements. In fact, the Benziger Family has been for years working on converting their vineyards to organic practices and recently has recieved for many of their vineyards “Certified Sustainable” designations.
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  • BERINGER 2014 CHARDONNAY "PRIVATE RESERVE" NAPA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 275937
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    People in the wine world always want to talk about the "new kid on the block", but what needs to be remembered is there are a few of the "old guard...
    People in the wine world always want to talk about the "new kid on the block", but what needs to be remembered is there are a few of the "old guards" that will go toe-to-toe with those "young guns" and give them a run for their money! For decades, Beringer has been making phenomenal, world-class wines utilizing time-honored techniques that are still used today by virtually all the high-quality producers…even by those "young guns"!

    Beringer's Private Reserve Chardonnay highlights the richness and complexity of this varietal and has been one of the benchmark Chardonnays since its first vintage in 1978. Just to give you an idea of the quality, let's take a look at the scores from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate for the past few years:

    2013 Vintage - 93 Points
    2012 Vintage - 93 Points
    2011 Vintage - 95 Points
    2010 Vintage - 87 Points
    2009 Vintage - 93 Points
    2008 Vintage - 94 Points
    2007 Vintage - 92 Points
    2006 Vintage - 92 Points

    These are scores that most producers receive every so often…but not with this consistency. This is one of the reasons why Beringer's Private Reserve Chardonnay is such in demand. And how do they do it? Well, winemaker Laurie Hook ferments the juice in French oak barrels to enhance the natural richness in the wine. Weekly lees stirring enhanced the toasty notes, and integrated the oak flavors for an overall balance. All of the wine was put through malolactic fermentation to encourage a lush creaminess. After 9 months aging, Laurie chose the most expressive lots and blended them to create this richly layered wine.

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  • BERINGER CHARDONNAY NAPA VALLEY 750 mL

    Item #: 204870
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Fragrant, with floral, spice and nectarine notes that are crisp and delicate, ending with a snappy apple aftertaste. Drink now.
    Fragrant, with floral, spice and nectarine notes that are crisp and delicate, ending with a snappy apple aftertaste. Drink now.
  • BERNARDUS 2014 CHARDONNAY MONTEREY COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: 204340
    Bottle Size: 750ml

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