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Top 10 Chardonnays

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Zuccardi Serie A Chardonnay Viognier 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: A terrific, lovely white with floral and white peach notes. No heavy oak. Summer day wine. Drink: 2012-2015. 262097 13.50% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. March 31, 2012 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
Catena Chardonnay 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: Oh yum! Buttery richness drips around a green apple core of vibrancy. Full-bodied, but not heavy. One of the best chardonnays I have tasted in a while. Drink: 2012-2017. 918805 14% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. April 14, 2012 Top Rated White Wine. Full Review
Angels Gate Winery Mountainview Chardonnay 2010, V.Q.A., Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: A solid chard with green apple and toasty oak. Good balance. Drink: 2012-2014. 116384 13.50% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 89/100. July 20, 2013 Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Vineland Estates Winery Chardonnay Musqué 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: Lovely! Spring apple blossoms and honeysuckle with a crisp, dry finish. Mouth-watering and food-friendly. Drink: 2012-2015. 381897 13% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 89/100. April 14, 2012 Full Review
Flat Rock Cellars Chardonnay 2008, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario VQA, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: This wine won Judges’ Choice honours for Oaked Chardonnay at the Wine Access 2011 International Value Wine Awards. Try this impressive Chardonnay. My note: Toasted almonds and hazelnuts wrap around a core of green apple vibrancy. Luscious and lively: could you ask for a better combination? I think not. Drink: 2011-2015. 681247 11.90% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 89/100. September 3, 2011 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
Stoney Ridge Estate Winery Warren Classic Chardonnay 2009, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Full-bodied, generous and balanced with luscious aromas of green apple, toasty oak, pear and peach. Drink: 2012-2015. 224113 13.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 88/100. March 3, 2012 Full Review
Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2010, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Terrific quality for this price point! Lovely hazelnut richness, robust and generous layers of tree fruit flavour. A quivering vibrancy that makes it a chrming food partner. Drink: 2012-2015. 738393 13.50% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 88/100. May 12, 2012 Full Review
Michel Picard Bourgogne Chardonnay 2009, A.C., Burgundy, France: This has got to be a typo on the price! Hazelnut richness wraps itself gorgeously around green apple and peach notes. Full-bodied and generous and round and you won't get another Burgundian chardonnay at this price for a very long tim my friend. Drink: 2012-2016. 264440 13.50% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 91/100. April 14, 2012 Best Value White Wine. Full Review

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