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Top 6 Chardonnay from Wine Spectator

Chardonnay is one of the most popular white wines in the world. While many white wines lose their flavor after two years in the bottle, Chardonnay can keep improving for five to eight years. Listed are Top 6 Chardonnay from Wine Spectator. Also, note we will be doing a series of these posts for some of the most popular varietals so check back soon. Enjoy!

Sadly most of these wines are now sold out. However, we've written a post about "Great Chardonnay Alternatives to the Wine Spectator 100 When They Are Sold Out", so that you can easily grab a similar one.

5. Leeuwin Chardonnay Margaret River Art Series 2011 ($79.99) >

A youthful and expressive nose features pears, white nectarines, lime and jasmine notes. Beneath lies a myriad of toasted sesame, vanilla pod, cinnamon quill and cardamom aromas. The tight, seamless and elegant palate is highlighted with figs, quince and lemon rind characters that open towards a delicately textured and contoured mid palate. Blanched almonds and hazelnuts weave through the primary fruits and textural layers, leading to a long and defined finish.

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11. Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 2011 ($55.99) >

The full bodied Estate Chardonnay displays fine underlying acidity and a long finish. Hints of cardamom, anise and hazelnut add interest to the core lemon, mineral flavors. Of all Mount Eden's estate-grown wines, the Chardonnay is most in need of further bottle aging at release, requiring an additional two to four years to fully reveal its true character. Many vintages are still fresh and enjoyable after fifteen years, explaining why Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay is considered one of California's longest-lived white wines.

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20. Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Ma Belle-Fille 2012 ($90) >

Captivating, sleek, elegant and graceful, this is rich without weight, offering a mix of ripe pear, fig, apricot and melon flavors, with subtle touches of nutmeg, hazelnut and toasted almond. For all its flavor and depth, this displays wonderful lift on the finish.

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38. Aubert Chardonnay Russian River Valley Eastside 2012 ($80) >

The 2012 Eastside Chardonnay is a pure expression of site-driven characteristics. Initially there are intense fruit aromas of lemons, limes and nectarines. The soil influence begins to gain ground and weave its way through the glass, expressing soap stone, wet concrete and crushed gravel. These organic qualities add immense depth and subtlety. On the palate, citrus oils and lemon brioche create a concentrated richness and glycerin texture. The unique structure of this Chardonnay is focused, and will allow this wine to age for 7+ years. The wine has a slight hazy clarity showing their commitment to minimal intervention winemaking.

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41. Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros 2012 ($34) >

Soft yellow color upon release, developing a golden hue as it ages. Bright, vibrant tropical fruit aromas flow from the glass. Underlying grapefruit and lime add depth and character to the aroma. Seamless, textured layers of cantaloupe, pineapple and vanilla flood the palate. A mouthwatering finish entices another sip. This wine will develop flavors of fig and apricot, giving richness, as it ages in the bottle.

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88. Christian Moreau Père & Fils Chablis 2012 ($31) >

The 2012 Chablis is a ripe, yet bone dry Chardonnay with crisp green apple, mineral and a touch of saline. The versatile, affordable, village Chablis from Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils is bright and crisp, with the classic, taut structure and refreshing minerality that define traditional Chablis.

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