Top Ten California Chardonnays - 2016
2021 Duckhorn Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Valley, USA, California, Wine Review
This is an excellent value in Napa Chardonnay and in our recent tasting, this was the groups top wine. Green/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose has lemon cream, some red apples and a bit of vanilla. Full bodied. Nice slightly oily texture. On the palate, lemon cream with some peach and a bit of oak showing. Good balance. Nice finish. This is nice on its own and will work well with seafood or poultry. Drink over the next three to six years.
2021 Venge Vineyards Chardonnay Brown Ranch, USA, California, Napa, Carneros, Wine Review
Green/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose is very tight and took some time to open. With air it shows butterscotch along with peach. Full bodied. On the palate, this has a hint of sweetness along with peach and slight lemons. Long finish. This needs a bit of air at the moment so maybe hold for a year and drink for five to eight years after that. Nice on its own, this would work well with Tuna steaks.
2021 Rombauer Vineyards Chardonnay, USA, California, Carneros, Wine Review
This is one of the best selling Chardonnays out there but does seems to be a love it or hate it wine. Count me as a fan. Green/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose has peach, apple and spices. Full bodied. On the palate, this has a bit of sweetness with tart grapefruits to balance it. Also some oak spices come thru. Pretty much a poster child for Napa Chard these days, but it did not seem overblown. Better on its own, though it should work well with fried foods. Drink over the next few years.
2021 Quilt Chardonnay, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review
Green/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose is a bit "fleshy" or sweaty socks with some grapefruit and buttered popcorn. Medium to full bodied. Slightly oily texture. On the palate, this is perceptibly sweet with grapefruit notes. Good finish. This drinks well on its own but might be a difficult food match. A nice choice for a summer evening on the patio. Drink over the next few years.
2021 Robert Foley Chardonnay Napa Valley, USA, California, Wine Review
Yellow/green in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice. Very clean without oak. Aromas of granny smith apples, slight peaches and chalk. Medium bodied. On the palate, this is crisp but seems to also have some sweetness to it. A nice combination. Apples and slight lemon candy especially on the long finish. This is nice on its own but a bit better with some soft cheeses. Drink over the next seven to ten years.
2021 Girard Chardonnay, USA, California, Carneros, Wine Review
Yellow/green in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with Meyer Lemons, slight peach and just a hint of oak. Medium bodied. On the palate, crisp acidity with lemon candy notes. It drinks easy but has some stuffing too. A bit different from the "typical" Napa Chardonnay. This is nice on its own and should be very food friendly with lighter foods but even poultry and seafoods. Drink over the next five years.
2021 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Chardonnay Karia, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review
At a recent blind tasting of Napa Chardonnay's, it turned out that there were two identical bottles submitted and served blind. Always an interesting experiment as such factors as storage and even the tasting order can affect the results. As it turned out, bottle #1 was the first served while bottle #2 was the last one served.
2022 Domaine Bousquet Chardonnay Lo Ca, Argentina, Mendoza, Uco Valley, Wine Review
An interesting Chardonnay from Argentina. Grown at high altitude, and picked early, the label lists 75 calories in a 5 oz.