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99 BLUE QUAIL
2013 Chardonnay
Potter Valley - Mendocino $13
Again, this is what chardonnay is supposed to taste like! All fruit, no oak, in a superbly-crafted, well-balanced wine exhibiting crisp tropical fruit, apple, peach and pear flavors with light floral elements, ending in a finish that goes on and on and on. Doesnít get much better than this!

99 CHIME
2014 Chardonnay
Oakville - Napa valley $20
(tasted 10/26/15)

99 MCFADDEN
2013 Chardonnay
Potter Valley - Mendocino $16
Consistently one of the best chardonnays we taste every year. As we've stated before, this is what chardonnay is supposed to taste like! All fruit, no oak, in a superbly-crafted, well-balanced wine exhibiting crisp tropical fruit, apple, peach and pear flavors with light floral elements, ending in a finish that goes on and on and on. It really doesnít get much better than this!

98 BLUE QUAIL
2014 Chardonnay
Potter Valley - Mendocino $15
All fruit, no oak, in a superbly-crafted, well-balanced wine exhibiting crisp tropical fruit, apple, peach and pear flavors with light floral elements, ending in a finish that goes on and on and on. (tasted 3/14/15)

98 CHATOM VINEYARDS
2012 Chardonnay
Calaveras County $18

98 CHESSMAN
2013 Chardonnay
Santa Barbara County $15
(tasted 10/26/15)

98 LAYER CAKE
2014 Chardonnay
Central Coast $13
(tasted 1/25/16)

98 MATCHBOOK
2015 Old Head Chardonnay
Dunnigan Hills $15
Sometimes you try to look deep into why you really like a wine. With this wine you donít have look any further that itís just great! Wonderful fresh tropical fruit flavors, apricot, preach, lemon (citrus) and apple explode on the palate with nice complements of vanilla and oak. This is a vibrant wine, superbly-balanced, that leaves a memorable long lingering finish that begs you to drink more. Buy this by the case! (tasted 12/12/16)

98 MCFADDEN
2014 Chardonnay
Potter Valley - Mendocino $15
All fruit, no oak, in a superbly-crafted, well-balanced wine exhibiting crisp tropical fruit, apple, peach and pear flavors with light floral elements, ending in a finish that goes on and on and on. (tasted 3/14/15)

98 MCMANIS
2013 Chardonnay
California $10

98 MICHEL-SCHLUMBERGER
2013 Chardonnay
Gold Collection - Dry Creek Valley $35
Take the ďLa BrumeĒ chardonnay and kick it up a notch. Itís near perfection of fruit and secondary characteristics mingling on the palate looking for attention, while the smooth, rich, creamy body carries all of it to a long, long lingering finish. Doesnít get much better than this from Dry Creek! (tasted 3/28/15)

98 MOSSBACK
2012 Chardonnay
Russian River Valley $17

98 NOBLE TREE
2012 Chardonnay
Sonoma County $16

98 PICO & VINE
2013 Chardonnay
Sonoma County $15
(tasted 3/15/15)

98 ROBLAR
2013 Chardonnay
Santa Rita Hills $30
A beautifully fruit-forward nose of tropical fruit, pear, peach and kiwi. On the palate this wine is tasty! Well-balanced, great mouthfeel, with all the nose promise in a super-long lingering finish. Wonderful! (tasted 3/28/15)

98 ROBLAR
2012 Chardonnay
Central Coast $30
A similar version to the Santa Rita Hills chardonnay, the fruit is less reserved, with peach, pear, citrus and tropical fruit popping on the palate in a wonderfully balanced and tasty wine. For those who understand the fruit characteristics of the central coast you will not be disappointed! (tasted 3/28/15)

98 ROBLAR
2013 Chardonnay
California $10
My goodness! All of this flavor for $10? Inconceivable! Pretty tropical fruit, stone fruit, apple, lemon and pear flavors explode on your palate delivering a crisp, clean and extremely refreshing wine. Buy this by the case! (tasted 1/28/15)

98 STATELAND CELLARS
2012 Chardonnay
Reserve - Santa Maria Valley $17

98 THOMAS HENRY
2014 Chardonnay
Sonoma County $14
Beautiful nose of tropical fruit, pear, peach and kiwi, with hints of mango and lemon zest. This is a wine that you just want to keep drinking and drinking and drinking itís so good! Everything comes together on the palate wonderfully in this well-balanced, superbly-crafted wine! (tasted 4/19/15)

97 BLUE QUAIL
2015 Chardonnay
Potter Valley - Mendocino $16
(tasted 11/17/16)

97 BLUE QUAIL
2012 Chardonnay
Potter Valley - Mendocino $13
Fruit-forward nose of apple, peach, pear and tropical fruit notes, The flavors come through on the palate adding light floral elements, ending in a finish that goes on and on and on.

97 BROADSIDE
2013 Chardonnay
Wild Ferment - Central Coast $20
This is what chardonnay is supposed to taste like! All fruit, just a touch of winemaking, in a superbly-crafted, well-balanced wine exhibiting crisp tropical fruit, apple, peach and pear flavors with light floral elements, ending in a finish that goes on and on and on. (tasted 8/3/15)

97 BRUTOCAO
2013 Chardonnay
Hopland Ranches - Mendocino $17
Fresh tropical fruit, passion fruit, pear and papaya aromas are met with light caramel, butterscotch and oak. The palate is well balanced, crisp and clean delivering everything expected in a nice, long, lingering finish.

97 CHATOM VINEYARDS
2013 Chardonnay
Calaveras County $20
(tasted 2/3/15)

97 CHIME
2012 Chardonnay
Russian River Valley $16

97 CONTEMPO
2014 Chardonnay
Chile $10
(tasted 11/15/15)

97 CORNELLANA
2014 Chardonnay
Chile $8
(tasted 8/18/15)

97 FLEUR
2011 Chardonnay
North Coast $15

97 FOYT
2010 Chardonnay
No. 67 - Sonoma County $26
Wonderful fruit-forward nose of tropical fruit, citrus, pear, apple and light minerals, with complements of light nuts, vanilla and oak. This wine has character! Itís smooth, crisp, well-balanced and has a wonderful mouth feel all the way though the crisp, long, lingering finish.

97 GRACIANNA
2014 Chardonnay
Suzanne's Blend - Russian River Valley $34
(tasted 7/22/15)

97 HAHN
2012 Chardonnay
Monterey $14

97 KRUTZ FAMILY CELLARS
2012 Chardonnay
Martinelli Road - Russian River Valley $40
This is a truly beautiful chardonnay. Just the right balance of tropical fruit, pear, stone fruits and citrus with light touches of vanilla and oak for balance. Well-structured, crisp, clean and sexy, with sweet fruit flavors mingling with light minerals and oak, leading to a wonderfully long, rich, lingering finish.

97 LAGUNA
2011 Chardonnay
Laguna Ranch Vineyard - Russian River Valley $35

97 LUCKY STAR
2013 Chardonnay
California $9
(tasted 3/15/15)

97 MCFADDEN
2012 Chardonnay
Potter Valley - Mendocino $16
Fruit-forward nose of apple, peach, pear and tropical fruit notes, The flavors come through on the palate adding light floral elements, ending in a finish that goes on and on and on.

97 MCMANIS
2014 Chardonnay
River Junction - California $10
(tasted 11/28/15)

97 MCMANIS
2012 Chardonnay
California $10

97 MEADOWCROFT
2010 Chardonnay
Sonoma County $26
Wonderful fruit-forward nose of tropical fruit, citrus, pear and light minerals, with complements of vanilla and oak. This wine has character! Itís smooth, crisp, well-balanced and has a wonderful mouth feel. And thank God thereís only a kiss of oak on the finish.

97 MICHEL-SCHLUMBERGER
2013 Chardonnay
La Brume - Dry Creek Valley $30
Beautiful tropical fruit, lemon, pear and peach aromas with light notes of butter, vanilla and oak. Although the secondary components are present, this is still a fruit-driven wine, with great balance and mouthfeel, leading to a finish with a bit more butter cream, vanilla and oak. More secondary elements came out overnight. (tasted 3/28/15)

97 RAY'S CREEK
2013 Chardonnay
Central Coast $17
This is a truly beautiful chardonnay. Just the right balance of tropical fruit, pear, stone fruits and citrus with light touches of vanilla and oak for balance. Well-structured, crisp, clean and sexy, with sweet fruit flavors mingling with light minerals and oak, leading to a wonderfully long, rich, lingering finish. (tasted 8/3/15)

97 RAY'S CREEK
2012 Chardonnay
Central Coast $11

97 REAPER
2014 Chardonnay
Russian River Valley $25
(tasted 3/2/16)

97 REPLICA
2014 Chardonnay
California $15
(tasted 3/2/16)

97 SEA MONSTER
2013 Chardonnay
Los Alamos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County $20
Inviting aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, stone fruit and pear, with hints of butter and oak. On the palate this is a crisp, clean fruit-forward chard offering tart fruit flavors in a well-balanced and yummy body. The finish is bright and long. (tasted 8/3/15)

97 THOMAS GEORGE
2010 Chardonnay
Russian River Valley $34

97 VENGE
2009 Chardonnay
Malodonado Vineyard - Napa Valley $39
We wish every winemaker made chardonnay like this. Crisp, refreshing tropical fruit aromas with compliments of citrus and stone fruits are gently kissed by light oak. This is a wine that with every sip you canít wait for the next. Only problem is the bottle empties too fast! Superb.

96 AIRFIELD
2015 Chardonnay
Yakima Valley $15
(tasted 11/2/16)

96 BLUE QUAIL
2016 Chardonnay
Potter Valley - Mendocino $16
(tasted 2/1/17)

96 CHATOM VINEYARDS
2010 Chardonnay
Calaveras County $18

96 CHESSMAN
2010 Chardonnay
Sonoma County $13

96 CHIME
2012 Chardonnay
Oakville - Napa valley $16

96 EAGLE CANYON
2013 Chardonnay
California $13
Fresh citrus, tropical fruit, apple, lemon and melon in the nose complemented by honey and toasty oak. On the palate this wine is well-balanced, fresh, crisp and refreshing. Thereís just enough oak to make it exciting but not overblown. The crisp acids allow this wine linger on and on through the long finish. (tasted 6/6/15)

96 EDUCATED GUESS
2011 Chardonnay
Napa Valley $17

96 GOYETTE
2012 Chardonnay
Sonoma Coast $24

96 GRACIANNA
2012 Chardonnay
Suzanne's Blend - Russian River Valley $34

96 GRAYSON
2014 Chardonnay
Lot 11 - California $10
(tasted 8/3/15)

96 HINDSIGHT
2014 Chardonnay
Napa Valley $28
Pretty aromas of fresh tropical fruit, peach, lemon/lime, pear and mango battle for attention with creamy vanilla, butter and oak. What separates this chard from a typical california chard is the crisp, clean, refreshing acidity and the fruit winning over the winemaking on the long, lingering finish. (tasted 12/5/16)

96 MAGNOLIA (KRUTZ FAMILY CELLARS)
2013 Chardonnay
Inspiration Vineyard - Russian River Valley $20
Forward tropical fruit, citrus, green apple, stone fruits and hints of kumquat jump from the glass. The palate delivers everything expected in a well-balanced, well-structured wine thatís highlighted with crisp acids and a long, long lingering finish.

96 MOSSBACK
2015 Chardonnay
Russian River Valley $18
(tasted 9/3/16)

96 PEDRONCELLI
2014 Chardonnay
Signature Selection - Dry Creek Valley $15
(tasted 9/28/15)

96 PICKET FENCE
2011 Chardonnay
Russian River Valley $16

96 PINK AND BLUE FOR TWO
2013 Chardonnay
Anderson Valley $18
Inviting aromas of tropical fruit (including banana), citrus, stone fruit and pear, with hints of butter and oak. On the palate this is a crisp, clean chard offering tart fruit flavors in a well-balanced and yummy body. The finish is bright and long. (tasted 4/19/15)

96 THE ARSONIST (MATCHBOOK)
2014 Chardonnay
Dunnigan Hills $22
(tasted 9/3/16)

96 TIERRA BRISA
2012 Chardonnay
Mendoza - Argentina $13

96 VINUM "V" SERIES
2013 Chardonnay
Monterey $15
(tasted 3/15/15)

96 WISE VILLA WINERY
2014 Chardonnay
Sur Lies - Sierra Foothills $29.27
(tasted 3/15/16)

95 BLISS FAMILY VINEYARDS
2013 Chardonnay
Mendocino $12
(tasted 5/22/15)

95 BLISS FAMILY VINEYARDS
2012 Chardonnay
Mendocino $12
A bit closed at first, but after some time in the glass (and counter time overnight) this wine opens-up with pretty tropical fruit, stone fruit, citrus and apple aromas. The palate offers the same in a smooth and slightly viscous body, leading to a fruity, clean finish.

95 BON ANNO
2014 Chardonnay
Carneros $20
(tasted 6/24/16)

95 BROADSIDE
2013 Chardonnay
White Hawk Vineyard - Santa Barbara County $30
Fresh tropical fruit, passion fruit, pear and peach aromas are met with caramel, butterscotch and oak. The palate is well balanced, crisp and clean delivering everything expected in a nice, long, lingering finish. A lot of winemaking for those who like that. (tasted 8/3/15)

95 BRUTOCAO
2009 Chardonnay
Reserve - Mendocino $25
A bit closed at first, after some time in the glass (and especially overnight) this wine opens-up with pretty tropical fruit, stone fruit, citrus and apple aromas, married to a good amount of creamy oak. The palate is smooth and viscous, with maturing fruit and a clean, oaky finish.

90 CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC
2015 Chardonnay
California $12
(tasted 1/5/17)

95 CORNELLANA
2016 Chardonnay
Cachapoal Valley - Chile $8
(tasted 6/3/17)

95 CYCLES GLADIATOR
2013 Chardonnay
Central Coast $11
Fruit-forward nose of apple, peach, pear and tropical fruit notes, The flavors come through on the palate adding light floral elements, ending in a finish that goes on and on and on. (tasted 8/3/15)

95 FOYT
2013 Chardonnay
No. 67; Los Carneros - Sonoma County $28
Nice tropical fruit, apple, peach and pear aromas nestled in vanilla, butter(scotch) and oak. This a little heavy-handed in the winemaking, but the fresh fruit and crisp acids keep it tasty through the long, lingering finish. (tasted 3/4/15)

95 FREI BROTHERS
2010 Chardonnay
Reserve - Russian River Valley $20

95 HAHN
2010 Chardonnay
Nicky Hahn - Santa Lucia Highlands $12

95 HOOK & LADDER
2010 Chardonnay
Estate Bottled - Russian River Valley $19

95 MANZANITA CREEK
2010 Chardonnay
Elegance - Russian River Valley $18
As the name implies, this is a soft, refined, elegant wine boasting crisp apple, pear, stone fruit and mango flavors complemented by hints of butterscotch, vanilla and oak. This is a well-balanced, crisp, clean wine that expresses the chardonnay grape wonderfully.

95 MATCHBOOK
2014 Old Head Chardonnay
Dunnigan Hills $15
(tasted 9/3/16)

95 PEDRONCELLI
2012 Chardonnay
Vintage Selection - Dry Creek Valley $14
Nice aromas of tropical fruit, apple, citrus and melon, complemented by light floral notes and a kiss of creamy oak. The palate is well-balanced, crisp and clean, with fresh fruit flavors leading the way through the long lingering finish. For those who crave a lightly-oaked wine, this oneís for you.

95 ROBLAR
2013 Chardonnay
Gold Collection - Santa Rita Hills $35
This is a well-built chardonnay for those who like more vanilla and oak in their chards. Thereís just enough to balance with the tropical, pear and stone fruit flavors, but the oak takes more center stage in the mid-body and on the finish. If you like more oak in your wine this oneís for you! (tasted 3/28/15)

95 SAWBUCK
2014 Chardonnay
California $10
(tasted 9/3/16)

95 SEAN MINOR
2015 Chardonnay
Four Bears - Central Coast $14
Fresh aromas of tropical fruit, apricot, green apple, pear and honeydew melon, with notes of butter and oak. On the palate, this is a smooth, well-balanced, medium-bodied wine with fresh fruit flavors leading to nice, lingering finish. (tasted 6/4/17)

94 CHIME
2013 Chardonnay
Oakville - Napa valley $19

94 CONTEMPO
NV Chardonnay
California $10

94 DOUBLE J
2013 Chardonnay
Carneros $20
Fresh tropical and citrus fruit aromas are met with a good dose of toasty oak, followed by peach, pear and light cream. The palate is well balanced, crisp and clean delivering everything expected in a nice, long, lingering finish. (tasted 8/3/15)

94 EDUCATED GUESS
2010 Chardonnay
Napa Valley $17

94 GHOST PINES
2010 Chardonnay
Sonoma/Monterey/Napa Counties $20

94 GRAYSON
2013 Chardonnay
Lot 11 - California $11
(tasted 1/29/15)

94 HOOK & LADDER
2009 Chardonnay
Estate Bottled - Russian River Valley $19

94 MANZANITA CREEK
2014 Chardonnay
Fantozzi - Los carneros $25
This is a rich, full-bodied chardonnay that throws everything at you all at once. Pretty tropical, citrus apple aromas in light floral notes and a wallop of oak and butter. If you light a lot of winemaking in your chards, this oneís for you! (tasted 8/20/15)

94 MATTHEW FRITZ
2014 Chardonnay
Alexander Valley $13
(tasted 6/24/16)

94 POSTCARDS
2012 Chardonnay
North Coast $11
A mature nose of sweet tropical fruit, stone fruit, citrus and green apple. The palate delivers the same, in a nicely-balanced wine that leads to a crisp, clean finish. (tasted 8/3/15)

93 GUIGIERE (MATCHBOOK)
2011 Musque Chardonnay
Dunnigan Hills $16

93 HAHN SLH
2011 Chardonnay
Santa Lucia Highlands $25

93 MAHONEY
2011 Chardonnay
Gavin Vineyard - Carneros $22

93 MANZANITA CREEK
2010 Chardonnay
Foothill Vineyard - Chalk Hill $22
A pretty nose of peach, pineapple, pear and hints of mango enveloped by vanilla, caramel and oak. A bit lighter on the palate than the ďEleganceĒ chardonnay, this wine also showcases the chardonnay grape beautifully in a well-balanced, crisp, clean structure leading to a nice, lingering finish.

93 SCOTTO FAMILY CELLARS
2012 Chardonnay
Lodi $15
(tasted 12/2014)

93 WISE VILLA WINERY
2012 Chardonnay
Sur Lies - Sierra Foothills $29.27
Fresh pineapple, pear, apple and mango, with vanilla cream, almond, light butter and oak following. The oak becomes more pronounced as the wine opens, displacing a bit of the fresh fruit, but this is still a delightful, well-balanced wine with a nice lingering finish.

92 CABLE CAR
2011 Chardonnay
California $10

92 GRAYSON
2015 Chardonnay
Lot 11 - California $10
(tasted 9/1/16)

92 INSATIABLE
2011 Chardonnay
California $10

92 LEVENDI WINERY
2015 Chardonnay
Napa Valley $40
(tasted 12/20/16)

92 THOMAS HENRY
2010 Chardonnay
Napa County $18
A mature nose of tropical fruit, stone fruit, citrus and green apple, with butterscotch and oak complements. The palate delivers the same, in a nicely-balanced wine that leads to a crisp, clean finish.

92 THE WINERY SF
2011 Chardonnay
North Coast $25
A nose of peach, pineapple, pear and hints of mango enveloped by vanilla, caramel and oak. Medium-bodied, well-balanced on the palate, this wine offers everything youíd expect in a California chardonnay.

92 WILD HARE
2012 Chardonnay
California $10

92 WILLOWBROOK
2014 Chardonnay
Carneros $20
(tasted 1/5/17)

91 CARA MIA
NV Chardonnay
Delle Venezie IGT - Italy $22/3L
(tasted 10/26/15)

91 CHIME
2012 Chardonnay
California $13

91 EDUCATED GUESS
2009 Chardonnay
Napa Valley $17

91 INSATIABLE
2012 Chardonnay
California $13

91 RICH & CREAMY
2015 Chardonnay
California $15
True to its name, this is a rich and creamy chardonnay, with tropical fruit, stone fruit and light citrus touches engulfed in butter, vanilla and spicy oak. The palate delivers everything the nose told you about, in a nicely-balanced, well-crafted body, ending in a, yes, rich and creamy finish. If this is your style of chard then this is your wine! (tasted 6/4/17)

91 STEPHEN VINCENT
2012 Chardonnay
California $14

90 BELLA DONNA
2013 Chardonnay
Delle Venezie IGT - Italy $15/1.5L
(tasted 10/26/15)

90 BOGLE
2013 Chardonnay
California $10

90 BRUTOCAO
2011 Chardonnay
Bliss Vineyard - Mendocino $16
Fresh tropical and citrus fruit aromas are met with a good dose of toasty oak, followed by peach, pear and light cream. The palate is well balanced, crisp and clean delivering everything expected in a nice, long, lingering finish.

90 BRUTOCAO
2010 Chardonnay
Bliss Vineyard - Mendocino $16
A fruit-forward nose of citrus, tropical fruit, peach and pear, with touches of caramel/butterscotch, vanilla and oak. This wine is nicely balanced, clean and crisp, with a nice creamy finish.

90 CARA MIA
NV Chardonnay
Delle Venezia IGT - Italy $18/3L

90 CARSON SCOTT
2015 Chardonnay
California $12
(tasted 4/29/17)

90 DOS FINCAS (CARLOS BASSO)
2013 Chardonnay
Valle de Uco; Mendoza - Argentina $13
(tasted 6/28/15)

90 IRONSTONE
2010 Chardonnay
Lodi $10

90 INSATIABLE
2013 Chardonnay
California $13

90 LOUIS CHANGARNIER
2014 Chardonnay
Pays d'Oc - France $13
(tasted 1/21/16)

90 LOUIS CHANGARNIER
2012 Chardonnay
Pays d'Oc - France $13

90 SEBASTOPOL HILLS
2015 Chardonnay
California $12
(tasted 2/14/17)

90 WISE VILLA WINERY
2013 Chardonnay
Sierra Foothills $29.27
Tropical fruit, apple, peach and pear aromas with a good dose of toasty oak. The fresh fruit is slightly muted by the heavy use of oak, but the crisp acids save it from being too flabby. This is for oak lovers. (tasted 4/15/15)