Grgich Hills Napa Valley Chardonnay is also a beautiful rendition of what a Chardonnay can and should be - vivid fruit and floral aromas, butter and balance, and ultra elegant year in and year out.
Bouchaine's Estate Vineyards Chardonnay ($25) has been brimming with bright tropical fruit and noticeable character for the last two vintages. Exquisite palate texture and unexpected complexity move this wine to the top of my Chardonnay favorites once again.
Cakebread's Napa Valley Chardonnay ($36) renders a classic California Chardonnay vintage in and vintage out. Plenty of fruit, cream, a touch of minerality and overall palate presence can be found consistently in Cakebread's classic Chardonnay.
The Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay ($32) is always a hit with its big fruit flavors that often veer towards the tropics and its unmistakable buttery base that drives the finish to the very edge of completion. An unforgettable Chardonnay that keeps a steady track record and has been known to help set the varietal standard.
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