Mendoza 20 years ago was a tiny town nestled against the towering Andes Mountain Range separating Argentina and Chile. A lot can happen in 20 years when a reputation of producing wines of a high caliber attracts lots of attention. Fast-forward to today and Mendoza is a mecca of Beautiful wines with rustic charms, making wines to that rival Napa and Bordeaux. Cascada Peak Chardonnay is produced by the Polliani Family with generations of wine making under their lineage. This Chardonnay bears ripe tropical fruits of pineapple, melon, and banana, all touched by a silky but vibrant mouth feel and a finish of vanilla that is to die for.
When we taste 1000's of bottles every year looking for only the very best, there is a lot of hit and miss when it comes to find balanced Chardonnays. It has to be just right and that is exactly what Snickerdoodle is, just right. The fruit is fresh with flavors of green apple, necatrine, and juicy melon. With only a small touch of oak, this wine remains crisp and refreshing with a perfect amount of linger in the finish. Purely delicious Chardonnay, a gem of a find from California. We know you are going to love it.
This classic California Chardonnay has delicious flavors of apple, nectarine and melon. A hint of toasty oak and vanilla adds depth and complexity, while a touch of acidity balances this refreshing wine that goes great with grilled or steamed seafood, especially shellfish.
Chilean Chardonnays are different from the ones produced in California. Most chardonnays from Chile have a far closer zesty style than the creamy, silky style of their California counterparts. This is due to the grapes being picked earlier, capturing the green essence of the world’s most popular white wine varietal. Big Cirrus flaunts green apple and citrus zest flavors in a slightly vibrant but full mouth feel. The finish is clean and smooth, with a short linger on the palate. If you prefer Chardonnays of a crisper nature, then Big Cirrus Single Estate is your next white wine to try.
Here’s a classic, fruit-forward Chardonnay that offers lush flavors of apple, citrus and melon with a note of hazelnut. It has a naturally crisp acidity that adds structure and carries the fruit flavors through a clean, dry finish. As a result, it makes an ideal choice for serving with fresh seafood or poultry, especially dishes featuring an herbed cream or butter based sauce. It is produced by one of the pioneer families of California’s Central Coast growing region, who started with a “pocket” vineyard in their backyard. Today, Treehaven Lane farms vineyards in Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Madera, growing wine grapes for some of California’s top rated wineries, as well as creating its own award-winning wines. The winery continues to be a favorite of our expert panel because of the consistent quality and affordability of the wines they produce.
Chardonnay is the world’s most versatile white grape with regards to the different characteristics it can display in the wine. It is highly dependent on two things—the growing region, and when it is picked. After that, the winemaker can choose different processes to shape the profile even more. The eventual end result is found in the bottle, making it difficult to hit the bullseye on the Chardonnay that best fits you. Within lots there are special groupings that winemakers covet more than others. These lots are isolated and bottled separately, also known as Winemaker Select. With this in mind, we offer our sister label of our ever-popular California Cabernet, Bear Hug Winemaker Select California Chardonnay. From the first sip, you will find flavors of green apple, nectarine, honeysuckle, and melon, all in a perfect harmonious balance.
Produced in Wine Enthusiast's Wine Region of the Year in 2005, Yapa Chardonnay from Colchagua Valley, Chile is a fresh alternative to traditional Chardonnays. Made form 100% estate grown Chardonnay fruit, this Chardonnay is refreshingly crisp with balanced acids, tropical and white fruit flavors of pineapple, pear, and apples with buzzing citrus zest. In Chile, Yapa means gift and this is truly a gift to the senses bringing joy with every sip.
The Colchagua Valley has become an esteemed and innovative winemaking region, with an ideal climate for the production of world class white wines. So good in fact, that it was awarded Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2015. The Camartina Estate Bottled Chardonnay is a smooth and well-rounded wine with moderate acidity, aromas and flavors of tropical fruit and some lean pear with a clean minerality. Perfect for full-bodied fish, creamy seafood recipes, and white meats as well as corn-based dishes.
Tin Roof Chardonnay displays fresh apple and peach aromas with a hint of vanilla on the nose. The wine’s broad, mouth-filling palate offers notes of Fuji apple, quince and crème brulee. This Chardonnay is a fabulous accompaniment to fish and chicken dishes, game birds, pork and cream sauce pastas.
The crafting of a good barrel fermented Chardonnay is a balancing act of two separate events that when come together in a harmonious balance create a special style of Chardonnay. If planned perfectly and executed properly, the result can be fantastic. The initial fermentation of turning the juice into wine and then the secondary fermentation known as Malolactic fermentation gives the wine its creamy layered mouthfeel. Tipping point is a great example of a Chardonnay that is full-bodied offering woven flavors of green apples and pear, with hints of vanilla cream and oak, all in sync, creating a perfect sipping experience.
This wonderful Chardonnay is a limited production wine created as a tribute to one of California's pioneering vineyard families. It has a refreshing "say no to oak" style – bright and light with citrus, apple and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. A gentle acidity adds structure while allowing the delicate fruit flavors to shine. Versatile and food-friendly, it makes a good choice with seafood, poultry, or pasta dishes with butter-based sauces.
Buying a bottle of Chardonnay shouldn’t be complex. The world loves Chardonnay because of its clean, fruity, yet dynamic characteristics. It is just an all-around great wine. Light in body with a delightful pale yellow hue, the 2014 Leaping Horse Vineyards Chardonnay is bright and crisp from start to finish. It has citrus highlights to green apples and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. The finish hints to a bit of lemon zest and a tight minerality that is enjoyable and refreshing. This wine is excellent with vegetarian pastas, herb roasted chicken, grilled salmon, barbecued scallops or a seafood pasta in cream sauce.