Chardonnay Wine Recommendations


Chardonnay is among the most well-loved and well known white wine varietals in today’s market.  Chardonnay has a very distinguished and long following and has an extremely versatile image.  Vintners offer a wide range of structures and styles.  From buttery, rich Chardonnays boasting presence and power to fruit-forward unoaked Chardonnays allowing varietal expression and character to be what is highlighted, this white wine is more than capable of accommodating numerous food pairing combinations and most palates.



1. 2010 Mer Soleil Chardonnay

This Chardonnay is made from bold fruit that comes from the Santa Lucia Highlands.  It presents a classic and ambitious California Chardonnay- a creamy, rich style with ripe, big fruit ranging from toasted coconut to succulent pineapple to zesty citrus (thanks to the French oak’s focused, heady influence).  The acidity is engaging and bright.  It rounds out creamy textures and highlights the fruit.  It makes for incredible food pairing partnerships.  Well-priced and well-balanced and ideal for pairing with poultry picks, crab cakes or lobster tail and served with butter-based or cream sauces, this 2010 Mer Soleil absolutely rocks with fine-tuned balance and remarkable symmetry- another Wagner Family delightful wine.

2. 2011 Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay

This Chardonnay is deliciously complicated and invites with aromatics that are exquisite and a palate featuring layers of intense intrigue.  The wine starts off with a nose that is Sauternes-like and rich tropical fruit that is well supported by tangy citrus and honeyed apricot.  The palate profile highlights zesty acidity and nuances of elegant fruit with brilliant balance.  It is ideal for pairing with favorite seafood combinations or cream-based dishes.

3. 2012 Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay 

The Chateau St. Jean winery is well-known for producing elegant Chardonnays every year.  The 2012 vintage definitely is not an exception.  It offers plenty of butterscotch, tangerine, lemon and tropical fruit.  Try it out with butter lemon sauce and grilled salmon or baked clams.

4. 2011 Chalone Estate Chardonnay

2011 Chalone Estate Chardonnay

The 2011 Chalone Estate Chardonnay has long been a favorite with Chardonnay lovers.  It definitely ups the ante with its ample minerality, vibrant fruit and ever-lasting finish.  The palate features stone fruit, apple, pear and light tropical pineapple influence that are all set in a fine backdrop of spice and honey.

5. 2010 Iron Horse Estate Chardonnay

This classic Chardonnay hails from the Russian River Valley and delivers mineral-laden nuances, vibrant acidity and depth.  Tremendous fruit is revealed in the nose, with citrus notes, pears, peaches, apples and mango vying for attention.  Creamy, rich textures with bits of vanilla, mineral and spice are all wrapped in a core of persistent fruit and dynamic acidity.  It all culminates with a phenomenal finish.  It is ideal for pairing with lobster bisque, pan seared sea bass, roasted poultry and butter-based creamy sauces.

6. 2010 De Martino Legado Reserva Chardonnay

2010 De Martino Legado Reserva Chardonnay

This Chardonnay features a fresh fruit-filled character.  It comes from the coast of Chile in the cool Limari Valley.  It brings to the forefront serious citrus fruit both on the palate and the nose.  A heady mixture of creamy textures and minerality is revealed by the palate profile with lots of supporting acidity and a finish that endures.

7. 2012 Louis Jadot Macon-Villages

This white wine represents a solid value and is based on a Burgundy Chardonnay grape.  The nose is played by citrus and floral.  The crisp, dry palate profile highlights D’Anjour pear essence and green apple.  It is ideal for pairing with poultry dishes and fresh fish.

8. 2012 Robert Oatley Chardonnay

This is a classic Aussie Chardonnay.  It is a medium-bodied wine that has aromatics that are squarely focused on sweet peach and floral notes.  An abundance of fruit pushes its way onto the palate.  Serious melon picks up the spotlight.  Its over overall value and decent balance makes this Chardonnay a top pick from the land of down under.

9. 2011 Clos du Bois Chardonnay

This is a bargain-based, “go to” Chardonnay that hails from Clos du Bois.  It features golden colors, with a pear and green apple blend.  On the nose there is a hint of lively citrus.  It echoes on the palate again.  Enjoy this wine’s acidity by pairing with a wide array of all your favorite foods.  For potential pairing starters, consider poultry and pork.