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YEAR'S BEST US CHARDONNAY
finishing with a briny, lemon-rind brightness.
Give it two or three years in the cellar, then
open it for a fatty fish dish like shioyaki (saltgrilled) salmon. (W&S 8/17; 1,944 cases)
507978

91 | Alma Rosa

$30

2015 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay (Best
Buy) ^ Racy and tense, this is more Santa Rita
than chardonnay, channeling the region's
wind and marine sediments into a chalky
white with a bright heirloom-apple flavor.
Decant it to allow the fruit to surround the
wine's austere structure and you'll have a
mouthwatering white for seafood. (739 cases)

507951

91 | Brick & Mortar

$45

2015 Russian River Valley Sweetwater
Springs Vineyard Chardonnay ^ From a
low-lying vineyard along Westside Road, this
practically bursts at the seams with juicy, generous fruit, its salted tangerine flavor powerfully ripe yet bright and feisty. It's a chardonnay to drink with something meaty and rich,
like fried chicken. (140 cases)
508017

91 | Daniel

$50

2014 Sonoma Coast Sangiacomo Vella
Ranch Chardonnay ^ Golden, ripe and powerful, this needs a few years of age for its richness and bright acidity to meld. With air, it
becomes plump and soothing, the fruit taking on the softness of peach fuzz while holding onto its coastal freshness. (150 cases)
447163

91 | DeLoach

$50

2014 Green Valley of Russian River Valley
Hawk Hill Vineyard Chardonnay ^ From a
cold, foggy hillside in the western Russian
River Valley, this seems a bit burly at first, its
vintage-driven warmth and oak spice meeting crunchy minerality. Then, bright acidity
pushes its hearty yellow-pear and butternutsquash flavors toward a salty, marine briskness. It's intense, substantial, fresh chardonnay; you could decant it now or age it a few
years before pouring it with sweet, earthy
miso-glazed black cod. (W&S 2/17; 161 cases)
507382

91 | Fog Crest Vineyard

$39

2014 Russian River Valley Estate Chardonnay ^ Grown in rolling, sandy hills near Sebastopol and barrel fermented without added
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yeasts, this is plump and fresh at once, the
fruit and oak combining into a spicy lemoncurd flavor. There's an earthen aspect to the
fruit that gives dimension to its richer aromas of hazelnuts and browned butter.
447331

91 | Foley

$30

91 | Liquid Farm

$42

oil brightness to the fruit that's appealing.
Decant it to allow the fruit to weave with the
wood spice and you'll have a regal wine with
honeycomb and chamomile aromas and the
warm yet mineral tone of mountain-grown
California chardonnay. (W&S 8/17; 97 cases)

2014 Sta. Rita Hills Rancho Santa Rosa
Chardonnay (Best Buy) ^ Get past this wine's
initial toasty scent of oak and you'll find delicious fruit; its sunny papaya flavor and salty,
marine tang feel like textbook Santa Rita
Hills chardonnay, capturing this high-elevation south-facing hillside vineyard with roots
in marine sediments. Serve it with crispy
head-on prawns. (W&S 2/17; 3,454 cases)
450371
2015 Sta. Rita Hills White Hill Chardonnay ^ Pale and salty, with a raw but appetizing
line of acidity, this is a chardonnay-believe
it or not-for Santorini fans. Its tension is
pure Santa Rita Hills, ready to cut through
oily fish like grilled mackerel. (1,200 cases)
507504

91 | Martin Ranch

$50

91 | Massican

$45

2015 Santa Cruz Mountains Lester Family Vyds. Soulmate Chardonnay ^ Grown in
the sandy soils of Pleasant Valley, this smells
like crushed yarrow flowers-a savory, herbal
aroma somewhere between mint and sage.
It's a bit fierce in its warmth and tart acidity,
but it's hard to argue with a wine that smells
so immediately of where it's grown-in this
case, the hills of coastal California. (61 cases)
507805
2016 Napa Valley Hyde Vineyards Chardonnay ^ With its sunny citrus fruit, this wine
shows impressive freshness in a Napa Valley chardonnay. The juicy orange flavor is
shadowed by some toasty oak character, but
overall this is bright, lean and tight, a wine to
pour with pan-roasted sand dabs.
449338

91 | Santa Barbara Winery

$25

91 | Thomas Fogarty

$62

2014 Sta. Rita Hills Reserve Chardonnay (Best Buy) ^ Barrel fermented and aged
on its lees, this is lush, golden chardonnay
with sun-warmed peach and apple aromas,
yet it's smoky, almost meaty, at the core. In
the end it pulls away from the more caramelized aspects of its fruit and oak, toward
a salty sweetness, with the lifted perfume of
chanterelles; in fact, it would work well with
a mushroom risotto. (W&S 6/17; 1,727 cases)
449967
2014 Santa Cruz Mountains Langley Hill
Vineyard Chardonnay ^ While this feels a
bit trapped in oak at first, there's a lemon-

507518

90 | Annabella

$18

2014 Napa Valley Special Selection Chardonnay (Best Buy) ^ Michael Pozzan named
this for his grandmother, remembering her
cooking for the family. So it makes sense that
this chardonnay is savory, gentle and generous-built for dinner. Rather than a blast of
flavor, it offers bright notes of lemon and
chamomile; round and very drinkable.

449792

90 | Chalone Vineyard

$30

2014 Chalone Chardonnay ^ Warm and
spicy, this has a clean, fragrant red-apple
flavor that lasts. It's firm, powerfully ripe
chardonnay, distinctive for its tacky crunch
of small berries-a result of the warm, dry
growing conditions on Chalone's granitic
plateau. (W&S 8/17; 1,030 cases)

507938

90 | Domaine Anderson

$35

2015 Anderson Valley Chardonnay ^ Past
this wine's buttery scent you'll find a fresh,
lemony chardonnay with mouthwatering


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