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American Wines Chardonnay

10 SPAN VINEYARDS SANTA BARBARA’13………………..29.99

BALLETTO RUSSIAN RIVER’13 – Light golden yellow color in the glass. Aromas of green apple, lime, lemon and buttery oak. Apple-driven flavors on the palate have good richness and are complimented by oak.”…….58.99

BEAULIEU VINEYARD CALIFORNIA “COASTAL”’13……….29.99

BELLE GLOS SANTA BARBARA-SONOMA-MONTEREY “MEIOMI”’13 – This showcases rich tropical fruit, with dashes of mango, marmalade and honeyed citrus that coat the palate while remaining elegant and delicate. A noteworthy achievement.”…….37.99

BERINGER NAPA LUMINUS”’12 – The 2012 Luminus has a striking purity of fruit, and showcases bright citrus characteristics and a beautiful minerality. It has a robust acidity, notes of lemon pith, almond extract, and a silky, elegant texture”…..59.99

CAMBRIA SANTA MARIA “BENCHMARK”’14 –A flinty smoke aroma greets the nose first on this well-priced bottling from the Jackson family, with roasted Marcona almond, toasted brioche and seared lemon also showing. A bright energy bolsters the palate, where Meyer lemon ripeness gains pencil shavings and chipped oak flavors in the midpalate.”…29.99

CAMBRIDGE CELLARS  CENTRAL COAST “ LIMITED”’15 – “Clean and fresh, balanced and showing apple and a long, smooth finish.”………37.99

CHARLES KRUG CARNEROS’15 –This wine is hyperbright in acidity, with a lemony tartness that’s pleasing on the palate. Its use of oak is subtle and integrated, allowing for a layering of peach cobbler to be introduced.”……31.99

CHARLES SMITH COLUMBIA VALLEY “EVE”’13 – Fresh and appealing, with apple, pear and cinnamon spice overtones, lingering pleasantly on the lively finish.”……………..29.99

CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE COLUMBIA “CANOE RIDGE”’14……49.99

CLOS PEGASE CARNEROS  “MITSUKO’S VINEYARD”’12  –  “Notably creamy in aroma, with citrus blossom and green apple notes presented in a fresh, lively style, ending with the citrus theme.”…….59.99

COLUMBIA WINERY COLUMBIA VALLEY’12  –  If you like rich chardonnays, this is your wine. It’s loaded with flavors of buttered toast, ripe pineapple and even a hint of saffron.”…….29.99

CONCANNON CENTRAL COAST “FOUNDERS”’14  – “A light straw color in the glass, stone-fruit and pineapple aromas on the nose. It’s delicate on the palate, with easy apple, oak and vanilla flavors.”………29.99

CRAFTWORK MONTEREY’14 –Cool Pacific ocean breezes sweep over Chardonnay grapes in California’s Monterey County, and are responsible for many Burgundian style Chardonnays like this one.”……29.99

DAOU PASO ROBLES’14– “A charming Chardonnay perfect for wine lovers at all levels, the 2014 Daou excels with bright core and stone fruit aroma that finishes crisply with fine bracing acidity.”………42.99

DAVIS ESTATES NAPA’13 – Offers wonderful vibrancy, density and focus, aimed squarely at a mix of citrus-infused green apple and pear flavors. Ends tight and cleansing.”…….85.99

DE LOACH RUSSIAN RIVER’13………………47.99

DONATI FAMILY “SORELLE PER SEMPRE” CALIFORNIA’11– “Extremely crisp, clear and smooth Chardonnay, very light for a Chardonnay, but still very flavorful. Hints of pineapple and other tropical fruits, very nice.”………33.99

DUCKHORN RUSSIAN RIVER “MIGRATION”14 –Rich and complex, with well-defined peach, pear, tangerine and melon flavors that are enticing and expansive. Oak on the finish nudges this in the direction of cedar and smoke, distracting from the texture. A fun ride overall.”……45.99

DUCKHORN NAPA’14  This wine is well sourced, its grapes coming from Brown Ranch, Toyon and Trefethen, among other sites. Aging takes place partially in barrels that have been soaked in water before toasting to lessen the impact, and in stainless steel. Light, crisp honeyed apple, pear and vanilla star alongside caramel and a floral flourish.”…….49.99

EBERLE PASO ROBLES’14 –Cut lime and nectarine flesh meet with orange oil on a lean and focused nose in this wine by Paso pioneer Gary Eberle. The palate is framed by racy acidity, with clean, crisp flavors of lime juice and green pear. The salty finish is mouthwatering.”………32.99

ESSER MONTEREY’15 – Bright golden amber color. Fruity, oaky aromas and flavors of ripe yellow apples, planked oak, grilled pineapple, and lemon curd with a slightly chewy, tangy, dry full body and a warming, amusing, brisk finish with woody, firm tannins and moderate oak.”………29.99

ETUDE SANTA BARBARA “LYRIC”………..32.99

FAILLA SONOMA’10 – “This ripe and full-bodied white has a sweet, rich core of baked apple, fig and honeydew melon flavors. Gains depth on the finish.” ……………62.99

FERRARI CARANO ALEXANDER VALLEY’13 – “Medium-light golden yellow; pleasant, herbal, lemon and tropical fruit aroma with floral notes and a hint of honeysuckle; medium to medium-full body; crisp, lemony, green apple and melon flavors with a light buttery character in the mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste.”……… 59.99

FESS PARKER SANTA BARBARA’14 – “ It sports apples, peaches, minerals and some, but not too much, butter.   It avoids the oak-overload that plagues some California chards.  It is a nicely balanced wine with just the right amount of fruit and acid graced by a lovely mouthfeel and long finish.”….32.99     

FLOWERS SONOMA’14 –Light straw hue. Expressive aromas of citrus zest and lime-blossom are highlighted by honeysuckle and wet flint. The palate is heightened by a compelling, site-specific minerality, textural salinity, and precise acidity that carry brilliantly through the finish. A true expression of both the grape and its proximity to the Pacific Ocean.”……74.99

FORMATION MONTEREY’11 – “Golden yellow color. Aromas of baked apples and nuts with a hint of sorghum. Supple and dry-yet-fruity with a medium body and a roasted pineapple, praline, and baking spices on the tangy finish. A pleasant sipper.”….29.99

FORT ROSS SONOMA’11  –  Fort Ross Winery is nestled on a sunny coastal ridge, overlooking the Pacific Ocean a mile below.  Their “True Sonoma Coast” vineyard is one of the closest, if not the closest, to the ocean in all of California.  This is a great Chardonnay if you are looking for a style somwhere between the over-oaked and the steely style.  It’s all about the gorgeous fruit in this one, Highly recommended.”……..65.99

FRANCISCAN NAPA/CARNEROS “CUVEE SAUVAGE”’12
A classic Napa Valley Chardonnay, this is smooth, rich, balanced and well composed. Flowery aromas of honeysuckle open the way for lemon curd and ripe apple to compete with a depth of crème brûlée character that provides plenty of complexity, with additional accents of honey and spice.”………….45.99

GRAFTER CALIFORNIA’15 – “Ripe, concentrated fruit flavors of lemon curd, apple and pear are showcased on the palate, with a hint of baking spices. Partial barrel-fermentation and sur-lie ageing provide a creamy texture, while the balance of fruit produced in stainless steel helps to provide focus and vibrancy. The final result is a wine that will please both those that appreciate richer Chardonnays and those that look for pure fruit expression.”…….34.99

GRAYSON CELLARS CALIFORNIA’15………….29.99

GUGLIELMO WINERY CENTRAL COAST “TRE”  ’13………………..32.99

GUGLIELMO WINERY CENTRAL COAST “TRE”14………………..29.99

HAHN MONTEREY “NICKY HAHN”’14 ……32.99

HAHN SANTA LUCIA  “SLH”’15 – This white is vibrant and rich-tasting, offering a complex array of fig, quince, pear and ripe citrus flavors. Well-structured, with notes of lemon meringue on the plush, focused finish.”………………..45.99

HAYES RANCH CENTRAL COAST  “BEST FOOT FORWARD”’13………34.99

HAYES RANCH CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAY’14……………………….29.99

HELLER ESTATE CARMEL VALLEY “ORGANIC” ’12   Juicy crisp apple, with a Meyer lemon zesty mouth feel. Elegant, subtle oak and ever present Cachagua minerality combines with fragrant citrus notes.”……39.99

HESS COLLECTION MONTEREY “SHIRTAIL CREEK”’15………25 .99

INMAN FAMILY SONOMA – RUSSIAN RIVER’13………….58.99

JARVIS  NAPA “CAVE FERMENTED”’13 – “This has an alluring mix of spicy, toasty oak and fig, green apple, honeydew, graham cracker and subtle citrus flavors. This wears the oak well and homes in on the flavors, which are rich, intense and persistent.”……… 129.99

JARVIS  NAPA’14 – “The graceful kiss of toasty, smoky, butterscotch-inflected oak adds a pleasant dimension, extending the woody elements beyond the core of pear, white peach and citrus flavors.”……… 99.99

JARVIS NAPA “FINCH HOLLOW”’14–This wine is all about subtlety and finesse, from the lightly aromatic touches of butterscotch and new oak to the delicate mix of fig, tangerine and honeydew notes. The flavors fill out the palate in an elegant manner.”………189.99

JOSEPH CARR CALIFORNIA “JOSH CELLARS”15………………29.99

LAETITIA ARROYO’13  –  “Abundant flavors of lemon, lychee and green apple framed by elegant French oak and bright acidity.”…….32.99

LANDMARK SONOMA “OVERLOOK”’11 – Moderately rich and spicy, with ripe fig, baked apple, honeydew melon and light cedary oak, ending with a slight rawness.”…….59.99

LINE 39 CALIFONIA’14  – “Bright medium bright gold color. Bright, fruity, roasted aromas and flavors of caramel apple and butter roasted nuts with a soft, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, refreshing, easy pineapple cake and lemon-coconut custard finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nice oaky chardonnay sipper.”……29.99

LUCAS & LEWELLEN SANTA BARBARA “UNOAKED”’12  –  The peach and apricot flavors have a crisp, lemony edge, with plenty of refreshing acidity and details of fresh herbs on the finish.”……..35.99

MARK WEST CENTRAL COAST’14……………………35.99

MER SOLEIL SANTA BARBARA “RESERVE”’13   Year in and year out, Mer Soleil’s Chardonnay is one of the biggest, most distinctive ones in California.  Rich in apricot jam, pineapple custard and new oak butterscotch flavors, but for all the opulence, it’s entirely dry, and has zesty Monterey acidity. Almost a food group in itself, it will challenge chefs to rise to the occasion.”…….69.99

MER SOLEIL SANTA LUCIA  “RESERVE”’13   Offers a generous mix of tropical fruit, with guava, pineapple and mango flavors accented by melon, spice and floral notes. Well focused and shaded by light toasty oak, this gains depth and nuance on the creamy finish.”…….69.99

MER SOLIEL MONTEREY “SILVER”’14 –A seductive style that captures effusively ripe peach and nectarine flavors. Features a juicy texture that’s broad and layered. Despite using no oak, this leaves the impression of spicy, jazzy wood on the lingering finish.”………44.99

MERRY EDWARDS RUSSIAN RIVER “OLIVET”’13 – From a vineyard site long tapped by both this producer and others, this beautifully crafted white is rich in a swirl of apple pie, fig and anise aromas and offers a voluptuous texture and mouthfeel. That concentration is complemented by crisp acidity, allowing for both balance and complexity.”………………..129.99

MINER FAMILY NAPA’13 – Light & crisp with flavors of rome apple, orange melon, grapefruit, lime, lemon and mango. The bright acidity of the wine entertains the palate.”…….49.99

MORGAN SANTA LUCIA  “HIGHLAND”’14 – This wine exhibits a brilliant straw-gold color.  On the nose, notes of minerals, Cinnamon and toast to follow tropical fruits and Fuji Apples.  Rich yet lively on the palate, the wine shows the Santa Lucia Highland’s style of balanced, integrated, flavorful Chardonnays with fresh cream, ripe peach, apricot, cantaloupe, orange blossoms and sweet toasty oak, with a ripe pear finish.”………………..49.99

NAPA CELLARS NAPA’14 – Full-bodied and generous Californian Chardonnay, with toasted almond, peach and pear notes. Finishes with peach and vanilla smoke. Produced by Folie à Deux, this robust Napa Chardonnay offers layers of tropical tree fruit aromas and freshly baked bread.”………29.99

NEYERS CARNEROS’12  –  Pure and focused, with a mix of rich white peach, honeydew melon, spice and green apple notes, gracefully layered and ending with a clean, refreshing aftertaste.”…..59.99

PALMAZ NAPA’11……………..99.99

PARAISO MONETREY’13……………….38.99

PARDUCCI MENDOCINO “SMALL LOT BLEND”’12  –  With aromas of candied apple and a crisp, dry, soft texture, this is a well made, easy-to-like wine that’s accessible, integrated with classic Chardonnay flavors.”……..29.99

PARIS VALLEY ROAD CALIFORNIA’14 –Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of apple sauce, apple taffy, toasted coconut, and lemon curd with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and an interesting, crisp finish with soft tannins and light oak. Soft inviting easy simple flavors.”……29.99

PEIRANO LODI “HERITAGE”’13   Golden straw color. Toasty aromas and flavors of apple, vanilla, pineapple, and hazelnut with a satiny, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a seamless, layered, medium-long finish with notes of honeydew, ripe pear, river rocks, and Meyer lemon with silky tannins and moderate oak. This generous styled Chardonnay bridges old and new world with a simply elegant old world use of oak that brings just the perfect amount of toasty hazelnut and vanilla.”………………..29.99

PELLET ESTATE SONOMA “SUNCHASE” UN-OAKED’13……….129.99

PESSAGNO SANTA LUCIA “SLEEPY HOLLOW”’08 – Deep golden yellow color. Aromas of buttery praline and spicy caramel apples with a soft, silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a relaxed pineapple cake and orange chiffon finish. A sensuous, satisfying chardonnay.”………………65.99

PICKET FENCE RUSSIAN RIVER’14……………………….39.99

PIETRA SANTA CIENEGA VALLEY’13……………………………..32.99

PRIDE MOUNTAIN NAPA’15…………………….85.99

RABBLE CENTRAL COAST’15……………………39.99

RAYMOND NAPA “RESERVE”14  – “Rock candy and bright lemon flavors form the core of this young, tightly wound white, wrapped in toasty oak. A stony, gravelly texture gives it a touch of complexity.”…………43.99

REATA NAPA-SONOMA’10   A seemingly sweet, simple but likeable Chardonnay, this shows the buttered toast and buttered popcorn flavors so popular among consumers, with rich pineapple and mango notes and a nice burst of Carneros acidity.”……29.99

SHAFER NAPA “RED SHOULDER RANCH”’12 Pure, ripe, intense and elegant, offering a mix of green pear, apple, citrus and green fig, with with a long, lingering finish.”………….99.99

SHAFER NAPA “RED SHOULDER RANCH”’ 13 The 2013 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch looks like one of their all-time greats, and to date they’ve all been very impressive wines. The crisp tangerine, honeyed citrus, pear and white peach notes are prominent in this beautifully fruited medium to full-bodied Chardonnay that shows additional orange marmalade notes in the mouth. It’s textured, crisp acid, from having not gone though malolactic, gives it focus and zest, and the overall impression is one of brilliant richness subtly touched by smoke, but letting the fruit dominate. Year in year out, this is one of the superstar wineries, not only in Napa Valley and all of California, but in the entire world.”……99.99

SHAFER NAPA “RED SHOULDER RANCH”’ 14  The Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay is the standard-bearer of this grape variety in the Napa Valley and perhaps in the state of California. This wine has always been a consistent front-runner; 2014 is nothing short of outstanding. Bright with ripe apples, dried peaches and aromatic flowers in the aroma, this wine’s long and persistent flavors following by its exceptionally long, crisp finish.”…….99.99

STAGLIN RUTHERFORD-NAPA’09  –  Delightfully delicate and pure, with ripe honeysuckle, light fig and honeydew melon flavors that are graceful and refined.”.169.99

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TALBOTT MONTEREY “KALI HART’13……………….42.99

TALBOTT SANTA LUCIA  “SLEEPY HOLLOW”’12  –  Pale gold. Poached pear, Meyer lemon, buttered toast and white flowers on the deeply perfumed nose. Smooth, open-knit orchard fruit and orange flavors stain the palate, picking up a smoky nuance with aeration. Shows excellent clarity and punch on the mineral-tinged finish, which leaves suave floral and citrus fruit notes behind.”…….59.99

TALBOTT SANTA LUCIA  LOGAN – SLEEPY HOLLOW”’12 “Magnificent! A Must Have Chard. Delightful wine to drink on it’s own or pair with cheese and food. A classic style Chardonnay that displays refreshing and bright notes of apple, nectarine, and pear with subtle French Oak. Estate grown from Sleepy Hollow Vineyard.”……..45.99

TAKEN WINE COMPANY SONOMA “COMPLICATED”’14………..39.99

TERLATO RUSSIAN RIVER’13 – “Briny minerality comes to the fore on this earthy, herbal Chardonnay, which is full and creamy at first sip. Smooth and easily enjoyable, it finishes with polished notes of oak and caramel.”……… 65.99

THE CALLING RUSSIAN RIVER “DUTTON”’13 –Tropical, thick and decidedly rich, this wine is both balanced and luxuriously fleshy, with highlights of peach, pineapple, Gravenstein apple and vanilla-kissed caramel. Full bodied, it’ll still sing at the table.”………40.99

TOM GORE CALIFORNIA14 – “Lovely balance, refreshment and richness in this Californian Chardonnay. Aromas of peach, green apple and vanilla spice. Beautifully balanced, rich and round.”…………29.99

TREFETHEN NAPA “DOUBLE T”’13 – “Firm peaches and a citrus akin to Five Alive (do you remember?) are rounded out with a textural mouthful of apricots in cream. This is just the sort of easy drinking Chardonnay that shows how the variety rocks its back into a touch of oak and really savors the gentle toast and texture that comes along with it. Estate fruit comes together to really showcase this polished and easily drinkable Napa Chardonnay.”……… 32.99

TRUE MYTH  EDNA VALLEY’12 – “This beautiful chardonnay yields explosive aromatics of tropical fruits, citrus, pear and toast. The mouth follows suit with rich fat fruits and a full palate feel. Great acid balance holds everything together.”….29.99

TRUE MYTH EDNA VALLEY ’13  – A perfect chardonnay to serve on the porch or in the living room as dinner is being artfully prepared, the easy-to-like 2013 True Myth Chardonnay simply drinks well; ripe fruit, tropical and core, with some citrus and a fine note of creaminess.”………..29.99

TRUE MYTH  EDNA VALLEY’14–Vibrant citrus on the nose, the oak element doesn’t emerge until you sip it, where modest oak and vanilla notes come to the fore. The citrus takes on more of a pineapple note as the finish arrives, and that tends to work well enough with the vanilla component. I get a touch of coconut, and hints of apricot and a dash of fresh herbs. Stylistically restrained in comparison to what you’ll find in Sonoma or Napa.”………29.99

UPPERCUT NAPA’13  –  Lovely aromas of pear and baked apple with notes of nectarine, hazelnut and toasty oak on the palate.”…………..35.99

VML SONOMA RUSSIAN RIVER CHARDONNAY’13…………..…65.99

WALTER HANSEL RUSSIAN RIVER “ALYCE” CUVEE’13   Named after Steve Hansel’s mother and my favorite of his Chardonnays, the 2013 Chardonnay Cuvée Alyce is made from the Hyde and Hudson selections of the Old Wente clone blended with Clone 95. It sees 40% new oak, and comes across as the richest, most intense of the Hansel Chardonnays. Clean, pure, white peach, honeysuckle and crème brûlée notes are followed by a touch of brioche and subtle oak. This is a beautifully crafted, medium to full-bodied, rich, stunningly proportioned wine.”……89.99

WILLIAM HILL CENTRAL COAST’13 …………….34.99