The Carlton Restaurant

American Wines Chardonnay


ALEXANA WILLAMETTE TERRIOR”’15  “In an emerging Oregon style for Chardonnay, this 10th anniversary vintage release is accessible yet firm. Compact lime and apple fruit carries lightly-applied notes of new wood. There are also carefully balanced suggestions of butter and banana, which may indicate full or partial malolactic fermentation. In any event it’s a tasty, balanced and ready-to-go wine.”………49.99

ARGYLE WILLAMETTE  “GROWER SERIES”’15  –  This wine presents an interesting mix of herbal, citrus and stone-fruit components. Lemon pepper and grapefruit, with a touch of Satsuma orange, all stand out. A slick lick of caramel carries on the finish..”…….37.99


AU BON CLIMAT SANTA MARIA “NUITS BLANCHES”’14 – Finely textured, featuring lilting white fruit flavors that are wrapped inside a silky spiciness. Airy midpalate, with notes of lemon cream. Finishes long and rich, showing a luscious mix of sea salt and hints of caramel, accented by some dried coconut details.”………90.99

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.”…….63.99

BALLETTO RUSSIAN RIVER “TERESA’S UNOAKED”’14 – “The first sip shows that this is definitely not what you’d expect of a popular “California Chard.” It’s much leaner and quite lemony, more Chablis style than Californian, with lemon notes running through the palate, followed by pear and peach. Overall, the wine is very light and almost astringent, with citrusy acidity persevering through into the finish. Its acidity makes it a good food wine.”……47.99


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”…..64.99

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.”…32.99

CAMBRIDGE CELLARS  CENTRAL COAST “ LIMITED”’15 – “Clean and fresh, balanced and showing apple and a long, smooth finish.”………40.99

CHARLES SMITH WASHINGTON “EVE”’16 –Simple and Pinot Grigio-like, this Washington Chardonnay has soft notes of red apple, macerated lemon, and a touch of rocky minerality. The medium-bodied palate adds in some spice, but overall, it lacks interest.”………32.99


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.”………32.99

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.”……32.99

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.”…….90.99

DAVIS ESTATES NAPA MALDONANDO DIJON CLONES “VENGE”’14 – “This is an opulently lush and bold, full-bodied wine, ripe and soft on the palate with a distinct hit of oak on the entry. It evolves in the glass to reveal crisper notions of green apple, nutmeg and lemon-lime.”…….70.99

DOMAINE SERENE WILLAMETTE’ “EVENSTAND RESERVE”’15 – “Precise and well-structured, with floral lemon and apricot aromas and sleekly complex lime and stony mineral flavors that finish with laser-sharp crispness.”…………….124.99

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.”………36.99


EBERLE PASO ROBLES’16 –Those seeking a fresh, detailed Chardonnay from Paso Robles will be pleased with this bottling. Light, easy aromas of lemon balm, white peach and clarified butter into a palate full of lemon zest, creamy cherimoya and brioche flavors.”………47.99

EBERLE PASO ROBLES’17 – “Paso Robles is not known as a Chardonnay land, but the Eberle team manages to pull of fresh and worthy bottlings each vintage, even from the eastside of town. Broad poached pear and apple-blossom aromas lead into a palate of peach and pineapple, which is framed by decent tannic tension.”………47.99

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.”………32.99

ETUDE CARNEROS “GRACE BENOIST”’14– “This well-made wine lies on the crisper, lighter-bodied style of the equation, softly textured and lengthy in that brightness of acidity. Anise, Good & Plenty and shocks of nutmeg provide intriguing notes of spiciness that complement the tartness of preserved lemon and green apple.”…….32.99


FERRARI CARANO ALEXANDER VALLEY’15 – “Offers tangy citrus, green apple, pear and honeydew flavors that are elegant and refined.”……… 64.99

FERRARI CARANO RUSSIAN RIVER  “TRE TERE”’14  –  Rich and juicy, with lively white peach, nectarine, apple and honeydew flavors that run deep and persistent, showing off subtle spicy oak nuances. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.”…….89.99

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.”……79.99

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.”……..70.99

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.”…….37.99

GROTH NAPA’16 – “Advancing the cause, the folks at Groth have done a laudable job in highlighting the importance of the cooler temperature Oak Knoll District. The winery’s 2016 Hillview Vineyard Chardonnay offers excellent richness, yet is able to stay crisp and bright—characteristics of a Chardonnay from a cooler growing region.”………74.99




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.”………………..48.99


HAYES RANCH CALIFORNIA’16 – “It is golden yellow in color with inviting aromas of ripe apple, vanilla and hints of butter. The mouth filling red apple flavors are subtle, yet well integrated with oak to create a very smooth wine that has a soft fruity finish.”…….32.99

J VINEYARDS RUSSIAN RIVER’17 – “There are some lovely florals to this, such as jasmine, then loquat and nectarines, as well as undertones of citrus rind, vanilla and dried spices. Full-bodied with a wonderful mouthfeel and density, but a driven line of acidity and focus.”……33.99

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.”……… 134.99


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.”………194.99

JONES OF WASHINGTON WAHLUKE’ 13 – “It’s bit unusual to find a family-owned winery in Washington offering a Chardonnay at this tier, but these folks in the Columbia Basin have a well-earned reputation for affordable and quality red and white wines — thanks in large part to Victor Palencia’s winemaking. There’s no hint of wood in any corner of this wine, which opens with bright aromas of pineapple, mango, coconut, green apple candy, apple blossoms and minerality. The drink is akin to flavors of fresh-cut Granny Smith apple and Bosc pear, bringing persistent acidity and a finish of jicama.”…………….40.99


LAETITIA ARROYO’13  –  “Abundant flavors of lemon, lychee and green apple framed by elegant French oak and bright acidity.”…….35.99

LANDMARK SONOMA “OVERLOOK”’11 – Moderately rich and spicy, with ripe fig, baked apple, honeydew melon and light cedary oak, ending with a slight rawness.”…….64.99


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.”……..38.99

MACROSTIE SONOMA’17 – “The 2017 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay has a white apricot and peach-scented nose with notes of citrus, sliced almonds and toast. Light to medium-bodied, it offers plenty of stone fruit flavors in the mouth with juicy acidity to carry the nutty finish.”………34.99



MORGAN MONTEREY  “METALLICO”’15 – Metallico’s aromatics are intense with baked apple, Asian pear, and candied ginger. The palate has ripe fruit flavors of lemon zest and grapefruit. Crisp, food-friendly acidity keeps this special wine refreshing and bright.”…….45.99

NEYERS CARNEROS’14 – “This is a luxuriously layered and complex white. It’s an expertly rendered combination of ripe, rich fruit—most notably spicy apple and pear—that’s completely uplifted by bright acidity and a refreshing mouthfeel. Still youthful, it’s both vibrant and nuanced.”……64.99


OAK FARM VINEYARDS LODI’17 – “Gold color. Aromas of spiced apples, bruleed lemon, buttery popcorn, and warm pineapple upside down cake with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length sea salt, caramelized mushroom, and vanilla gelato finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A buttery Chardonnay with ripe fruit and hints of umami.”……37.99

PACIFIC OASIS COLUMBIA’14  – Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of apricot, nectarine, honey, and orange frosting with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length kiwi and pineapple finish. A light-bodied picnic Chardonnay.”……32.99

PALI WINE CO. STA. RITA HILLS “HUBER VINEYARD”’13 – Just enough white peach and pineapple ripeness on the nose plays to the hedonistic side of the grape, but gracious notes of chalk dust and mandarin orange pith keep it intellectual. The palate is lively and citrus-driven, showing green apple, Bosc pear, salted lemons and more peach.”…….84.99

PALMAZ NAPA’11……………..104.99

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.”……..32.99

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.”……32.99

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.”………………..32.99


PHELPS CREEK OREGON “COLUMBIA GORGE”’16 – “What a Pinot Gris! Phelps Creek’s unique, high elevation vineyard tucked in the hills above Hood River yields grapes with brilliant acidity and loaded with minerality. Apple and pear fruit flavors as crisp as can be, fresh off the the tree!”……63.99

PIETRA SANTA CIENEGA VALLEY’13……………………………..35.99

PRIDE MOUNTAIN NAPA’15 – “Oaky and spicy, this wine traffics in lemon, lime and tart green apple, a medium-bodied effort of balanced richness and concentration that should do well at the table.”…………………….90.99

PRIDE NAPA’16 – “The 2016 Chardonnay Vintner Select, from Pride’s estate vineyard on Spring Mountain, is fresh, nuanced and impeccably balanced. Lemon peel, white flowers, mint and white pepper add to an impression of freshness and cut.”………90.99

RABBLE CENTRAL COAST’15……………………42.99

RAMEY RUSSIAN RIVER “RITCHIE”’15  “The 2015 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is a little restrained and reticent to begin, with lime leaves and lemongrass wafts over a core of white peaches, chalk dust and coriander seed. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers incredible freshness and precision, with the raciness contrasted by electric intensity, finishing on a lingering mineral note.”………119.99

RAMEY RUSSIAN RIVER “WOOSLEY ROAD”’14  – The 2014 Chardonnay Woolsey Road Vineyard has exotic jasmine, pineapple and guava notes with hints of crème brulee and croissant. Medium-bodied with plenty of finesse in the mouth, it gives a nice balance between the fruit and savory flavors, with a silken texture and finishing long and toasty.”…………………124.99

ROMBAUER CARNEROS’18 – “Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. In Burgundy, the subregion of Chablis, while typically employing the use of older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn’t like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy its lighter style.”……79.99

RUSACK SANTA BARBARA’11 – “Clean and refreshing, bringing notes of ripe pear, apple and citrus to the forefront. Ends with a pleasing earthiness.”….75.99


SBRAGIA NAPA “HOME RANCH”’16 – This is a big California style Chardonnay. It is golden yellow colored and its bouquet has aromas of buttery caramel, cedar and light citrus. It is full bodied, creamy and mouth coating, with good acidity. The flavors profile features ripe pear, pineapple and creme brulee with hints of light oak and minerality. The finish is slightly spicy and lingers quite a while.”……….59.99

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.”……111.99


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.”……104.99

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.”…….104.99

SIXTO COLUMBIA VALLEY “UNCOVERED”’15 – A blend of multiple vineyards (this is the only blend in the Sixto lineup), the 2015 Chardonnay Uncovered is brought up in a mix of concrete and puncheons before spending 18 months in barrel. Buttered pineapple, white flowers, brioche, and some seriously ripe fruit emerge from the glass, and it’s medium to full-bodied, beautifully concentrated and textured, with a terrific depth of fruit. It’s impressive and showed even more freshness and purity with time in the glass.”……….64.99

STAGLIN RUTHERFORD-NAPA’09  –  Delightfully delicate and pure, with ripe honeysuckle, light fig and honeydew melon flavors that are graceful and refined.”….174.99




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.”…….64.99

TALBOTT SANTA LUCIA  “SLEEPY HOLLOW”’14  –  Lightly toasted almond, melted butter, chalk and Meyer lemon scents are delicately woven together in this expressive yet restrained bottling. There is well dispersed acidic energy throughout the palate, where smoked lemon flavors lead into sea salt and white flower notes on the finish.”…….49.99


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.”…………32.99


TOR KENWARD SONOMA DURELL’17 – “Gold color. Aromas of spiced apples, bruleed lemon, buttery popcorn, and warm pineapple upside down cake with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length sea salt, caramelized mushroom, and vanilla gelato finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A buttery Chardonnay with ripe fruit and hints of umami.”……129.99

TRIONE SONOMA “RIVER ROAD RANCH”’16 – This delivers an upfront, savory impression with toasty, biscuity aromas across candied peaches. The palate has praline-coated pear and melon flavors with a smooth array of ripe, fleshy peaches. Holds long and fresh.”………63.99

TRUCHARD NAPA CARNEROS’17 – “Stony and savory notes fill this zesty version, featuring dried white fruit, pear tart and toasty flavors. Buttery finish.”……69.99

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.”………32.99

UPPERCUT NAPA’13  –  Lovely aromas of pear and baked apple with notes of nectarine, hazelnut and toasty oak on the palate.”…………..38.99


WALTER HANSEL SONOMA “CAHILL LANE”’14 – “The 2014 Chardonnay Cahill Lane Vineyard emerges from a parcel planted exclusively with Wente clone Chardonnay. Deep, powerful and implosive, the 2014 possesses superb depth along with the buttery, tropical profile that is the signature of the Hansel Chardonnays.”………70.99

WALTER HANSEL SONOMA “NORTH SLOPE”’14 – “The 2014 Chardonnay The North Slope comes from sandy, rich and fertile Goldridge soils. This wine exhibits plenty of honeyed brioche, with a greenish hue to its light-gold color, followed by notes of buttery hazelnuts, poached pear, pineapple and citrus oil. This is French in style as well, but with an almost lavish richness like a top-flight French Bâtard-Montrachet.”………84.99

WALTER HANSEL SONOMA “THE MEADOWS”’14 – “The 2014 Chardonnay The Meadows is all about richness, power and intensity, both in its sweetness through the middle and more tropically leaning flavors. Mango, pineapple, honey, butter, roasted almonds and dried flowers meld into the textured, inviting finish.”………64.99


ZIATA NAPA/CARNEROS CHARDONNAY’16 – Dried nutmeg, apricot pie, vanilla and spices. Medium to full body, some nice oiliness to the texture and a medium finish.”………92.99