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California Chardonnay Trio - 11/03/2010 - Chardonnay (domestic)

Here are three selections to quench the thirst that you and your friends have for good California Chardonnay...

2008 Hess Collection "Su'Skol Vineyard" Napa Valley Chardonnay ($16.99)

91 points Wine Spectator, "10 Great California Values". "Aromas of flower, honeysuckle, fig and spice are rich and complex, elegant and balanced, gaining depth and nuance on the finish, where the minerality shines through. Drink now through 2018" (12/10) And from the Wine Enthusiast: "Fans of the ripe, modern style of Chardonnay will fall in love with this bottling. It's strong in toast, buttered popcorn, vanilla cream and peach, pear and pineapple jam flavors that dazzle and wow the palate. Easy to find, with nearly 17,000 cases produced." (12/10)

2008 Chalone Estate Edna Valley Chardonnay ($19.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A rich, layered style, very Burgundian in style, with complex melon, fig, tangerine and light toasty oak. Full-bodied, deep and concentrated, yet light on its feet. Drink now through 2018." (2010)

2009 Neyers Carneros Chardonnay ($25.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh floral scents, with notes of apple, pear, spice and light oak, lead to a full-bodied palate, intense and vibrant. This is slow to unfold, but ends with pure, refreshing fruitiness. Drink now through 2017. 5,600 cases made." (10/2010)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium yellow-gold. Musky peach and hazelnut on the low-toned, nuanced nose. Then supple, smooth and expansive in the mouth, with rich dusty peach, nectarine and smoke flavors perked up by orange and spices. Finishes with a distinctly dusty, tactile impression that gives shape and structure to the wine." (06/2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Neyer's most Chablis-like Chardonnay is probably the crisp, citrusy 2009 Chardonnay Carneros. Medium-bodied, with crisp apple skin, white peach and citrus oil notes, the wine is medium-bodied and fresh, with subtle earthiness and perhaps some oak, but the fruit and minerality dominate. Drink it over the next 2-3 years." (02/2011)

These and other more under-the-radar California Chardonnays are available online at KLWines.com