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Cool Climate Chardonnay: 10 You Must Try

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Fielding Estate Winery Unoaked Chardonnay 2008, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: A fresh, lively, mouth-watering white with mercifully no oak. What you get is pure fruit essence and refreshment. Lovely notes of green apple and white peach. This wine was a Double Gold winner at the 2010 All-Canadian Wine Awards. Incredible price. Drink: 2011-2015. 164491 12.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 89/100. March 31, 2012 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
Haywire Winery Canyonview Vineyard Chardonnay 2011, Okanagan Valley, Canada: Clean, crisp chardonnay with aromas of white peach and white stone fruit. This is an unoaked wine in the style of classic chablis. Drink: 2012-2014. 230839 13% D 750 mL  $23.00 Score: 88/100. June 22, 2012 Full Review
Blue Mountain Chardonnay 2010, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Solid and full-bodied with aromas of green apple and a hint of oak. Mouth-watering acidity and juicy. Drink: 2012-2016. 350108 13% XD 750 mL  $34.95 Score: 89/100. July 7, 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
Domaine Chenevières Chablis Chardonnay 2010, A.C., La Chapelle Vaupelteigne, Burgundy, France: Just smelling this wine made my mouth water! Gorgeous aromas and flavours of lime, lemongrass, tart white peach and a laser pure focus and purity. No oak. Superb aperitif or food companion. Like chardonnay? Try this one. Drink: 2012-2016. 277913 12.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. May 12, 2012 Full Review
Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay 2010, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Leave it to Kim Crawford to make unoaked Chardonnay interesting. Pure fruit flavour without the toast, oak and vanilla. White peach and green apple. Refreshing. 991950 14% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 88/100. January 7, 2012 Best Value White Wine. Enchanting Feta Cheese Wine Full Review
Seresin Chardonnay 2008, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: I adore this style of chardonnay! Balanced, generous, perfectly calibrated between toasty oak, acidity and generous tree fruit. Drink: 2012-2016. 19190 14% XD 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 92/100. March 3, 2012 Top Rated White Wine. Full Review
Oyster Bay Chardonnay 2010, Marlborough, New Zealand: Vintages Wine Panel: This elegant Chardonnay shows varietal intensity and the distinct qualities of the Marlborough region with aromas and flavors of green apple, ripe peach, vanilla, light toasty oak and a note of tropical fruit. A dry, soft and creamy crowd-pleaser with charming balance brought by a touch of acidity and toast. My note: A lovely, round Chardonnay with rich notes of stonefruit, ripe peach, lime, green apple and passionfruit. Closed with a screwcap. Drink: 2010-2014. 326728 13.70% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 89/100. January 3, 2012 Full Review
Domaine Drouhin Arthur Chardonnay 2008, Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: How absolutely delightful! Pure green apple sunshine infused with a toasted almond finish. The Chardonnay was fermented half in stainless steel and half in 30% new oak, then the oak-fermented portion went through malolactic fermentation to give a creamier mouth-feel. Drink: 2011-2017. 959619 14.10% XD 750 mL  $29.75 Score: 91/100. October 15, 2011 Full Review

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