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11 Must Have Sonoma County Chardonnays

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1. Rebel Coast 2014 Sunday Funday Chardonnay

This is NOT an oaky Chardonnay. Okay now that we have that out of the way...the three grapes in this 2014 wine were grown in the Carneros region of Sonoma, California and were all fermented on their native yeasts. The backbone of Sunday Funday is the stainless steel fermented Chardonnay. On top of that Chard base, we blended in 8% Sauvignon Blanc for the citrus, and 2% Viognier to make that nose POP! Sunday Funday is perfect for sunny backyard BBQ’s and beach days. We even made the back label a peel-off scavenger hunt with a Rebel Coast twist...perfect after your second bottle. Or fifth.

Via: Rebel Coast

2. MacRostie 2014 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

The wine is pale straw gold in color. Lemon peel, green melon rind and young pineapple aromas introduce this wine to the nose. The palate follows, soft and smooth, with just a touch of lemon pith structure. There is pronounced weight in the midpalate with a unique mineral personality that will leave you thinking of a fresh lemon infused olive oil.

Via: Macrostie Winery

3. Ferrari Carano 2014 Chardonnay

The 2014 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay from Sonoma County has superior lots of wine from our vineyards in Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley and Carneros. This full-bodied yet refreshing Chardonnay boasts aromas of lemon, pear, green apple, orange blossom, lychee and peach perfectly balanced by flavors of Meyer lemon, vanilla and graham cracker with a floral finish.

Via: Ferrari Carano

4. Jordan 2014 Russian River Chardonnay

Enticing aromas of pear, kiwi and lychee. The palate is round, creamy and refined, with layers of lemon curd, bright acidity and a kiss of caramel from barrel aging. A juicy, succulent wine that leaves a lasting impression of fresh Meyer lemon and stone fruits on the crisp finish. Enjoy now or cellar through 2021.

Via: Jordan Winery

5. Ramey 2013 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay

“Shows amazing vibrancy and purity of flavor, brimming with juicy, lemon-scented green apple, white peach and tangerine notes, enlivened by zesty acidity and a long, persistent aftertaste that maintains focus and depth. Drink now through 2020. 1,250 cases made.” – 94 pts, #38 of the Top 100 Wines of 2016, James Laube, Wine Spectator (June 30, 2016)

Via: Ramey Wine Cellars

6. Francis Ford Coppola 2014 Director’s Cut Chardonnay

Our 2015 Director’s Cut Chardonnay presents lively aromas of citrus and tropical fruits along with pretty floral notes and an edge of minerals that evolves on the palate. You’ll find luscious flavors of Meyer lemon, quince, and passion fruit up front, but as the wine opens up you get the impression of pear crisp, which delivers fragrant spice notes of cardamom, nutmeg and vanilla bean. Richly textured with good palate density, there is a fresh quality to this year’s fruit and a sophisticated toastiness from the wood.

Via: Francis Ford Coppola Winery

7. Patz & Hall 2014 Chardonnay

In addition to reflecting the dazzling quality of the 2014 growing season, this vintage includes grapes from an exceptional new vineyard that was planted specifically for us by renowned winegrower Mark Sanchietti. Though it comes from a who’s who of world-class Sonoma Coast vineyards, the core of this Chardonnay is from Sanchietti Vineyard Pleasant Hill and Gap’s Crown, with the Sanchietti fruit adding richness and texture and the Gap’s Crown grapes providing minerality and vibrant acidity. Blended with grapes from acclaimed vineyards like Parmalee Hill, Dutton Ranch and Durell Vineyard, this wine is beautifully complex with aromas and flavors of pineapple, guava, honeydew and lime zest, as well as secondary notes of toasted almond macaroon, cinnamon and sugar cookies. On the palate, it is plush and mouthfilling, flowing to a long, layered finish.

Via: Patz & Hall

8. La Crema 2014 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

This wine opens with layered aromas of fresh Meyer lemon, shortbread and ripe pear. On the palate are flavors of baked, locally grown, Gravenstein apple framed by hints of sweet spice and white peach. The end result is a broad, juicy, and beautifully balanced mouthfeel.

Via: La Crema

9. Sonoma Cutrer 2015 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Aromas of nectarine, stone fruit, white peach and oak spice are accented with hints of vanilla, toasted nuts and a touch of butterscotch and light caramel with a subtle cinnamon spice undertone. This wine has the distinctive Sonoma-Cutrer balance between elegance and richness for a medium-bodied, mouth-filling wine. The creamy texture of this wine offers flavors of ripe pear and peach that is balanced with a nice, bright acidity. There is lots of finesse’ to the long, silky finish highlighted with long barrel spice note.

Via: Sonoma Cutrer

10. Williams Selyem Russian River Unoaked Chardonnay

A blend composed from older vines throughout the Russian River Valley, the Unoaked Chardonnay typifies the precision and elegance of Chardonnay aged in stainless steel. Notes of Meyer lemon and minerals jump from the glass. With aeration, aromas of tropical fruits mix with hints of melon that add tremendous depth. The flavor is palate-coating with incredible richness and focus. Subtle notes of Kaffir lime and a hint of fresh earth round out this highly expressive Chardonnay. Enjoy this wine as an aperitif or pair with pesce crudo or sashimi. Drink anytime in the next 6 years.

Via: Williams Selyem

11. Stuhlmuller Vineyards 2014 Estate Chardonnay

This medium-bodied wine offers an alluring orchard-fruit nose of ripe peach, and pear, as well as notes of lemon candy, honeysuckle and wet stone minerality. The lovely fruit continues on the palate, where it is accentuated by harmonious acidity, subtle oak and hints of lemon cream and sweet thyme.

Via: Stuhmlmuller Vineyards

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