White Wines    Chardonnay    Other Australia    Australia   
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Robert Oatley Mudgee Chardonnay 2009
Robert Oatley Mudgee Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 114546)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Chardonnay, grown on Mudgee's high altitude climate and ancient red-brown earth, was produced in our modern winery with the best of traditional winemaking techniques – giving an aromatic and fruit-driven wine with structure and minerality at the core.
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About Robert Oatley:

Famed Australian Vintners, Bob and Sandy Oatley, founders of Rosemount Estate, began their next wine venture to pay homage to the many terrific regions of Australia and the grapes most suited to the terroir.

Wherever he makes wine, Bob Oatley's underlying philosophy is to find the right vineyard with the right soil and match it to the right variety.

With the guidance of winemaker, Larry Cherubino, Robert Oatley Vineyards shares the expression of regions, such as Margaret River, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Great Southern and Central Ranges.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Central Coast    California   
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Mirassou Chardonnay 2011
Mirassou Chardonnay 2011
(search item no. 118290)
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PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Mirassou Chardonnay exhibits intense aromas and flavors of stone fruits such as peaches and nectarines, as well as tropical fruits like pineapple. Secondary flavors of melon, pears, citrus, floral, and vanilla notes combine with a creamy mouth feel which culminate in a pleasantly concentrated finish.
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About Mirassou Vineyards:

Since 1854 the Mirassou family has dedicated itself to mastering the art of winemaking. 150 years later, their passion and optimism are stronger than ever. In 2004 the 6th generation of this winemaking family celebrated the launch of a new line of crisp, fruit-focused wines honoring their 150th anniversary as a California winery.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Other California    California   
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Avalon California Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Avalon California Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 120661)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $8.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 vintage of the California Cabernet shows aromas of plums, cranberries, allspice and dried ginger with barrel notes of cedar cigar box. The blend of 88% Cabernet, 9% Merlot and a splash of Sangiovese and Zinfandel truly is reflective of its flavors. The dark, jammy core drinks of boysenberry pie, black cherry preserves and currants. Medium in weight, the wine shows silky tannins and just a touch of barrel spice.

Pair this versatile Cabernet Sauvignon with everything from burgers, ribs, lasagne, or chicken Parmesan to smoked Gouda of cheddar cheese.

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About Avalon:

Like the Indie films that inspired Avalon, our wines are original and uncut. We focus on the essence of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. We differentiate ourselves by producing flavorful wines at a decent price. We specialize in Cabernet Sauvignon and just recently branched out with our first release of Merlot from the 2009 vintage.

Avalon - AKA Paradise. According to Arthurian legend, the town of Glastonbury in the U.K. was once known as Avalon. Avalon has long been associated with paradise. It is a land of souls. Many believe that King Arthur's soul rests there and will some day rise again to defend England.

Our wines don't cost a king's ransom, but that's exactly what our Winemaker Alex Cose used to make. We joke with him and say, "Make us a wine that tastes like $75, and then let's sell it for about $15".



White Wines    Chardonnay    Other California    California   
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Baron Herzog Chardonnay 2009
Baron Herzog Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 114610)
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PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pear, apple, and chamomile notes characterize this tangy, citrus-flavored wine. This Chardonnay was barrel and stainless steel fermented and then aged in French and American Oak for 15 months. This cool, terroir-oriented wine shows elegant top notes of lime, chamomile and tropical fruit overlaid with a bouquet of toasty oak.
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About Baron Herzog Winery:

Tucked away amongst the strawberry fields and row crops of industrial Oxnard lies Herzog Wine Cellars. Headed by winemaker Joe Hurliman, the winery combines the future of high-quality California wines with the stringencies of kosher supervision, and the Herzog family heritage of perfection.

These three elements have produced unique wines that are being noticed in the kosher and non-kosher communities. As a kosher wine, Baron Herzog allows kosher consumers a first-time-ever opportunity to enjoy elegant California varietals such as Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon. For the non-kosher consumers, Baron Herzog offers a high quality, award-winning wine that presents quality and craft.

Visitors to the winery may take a self-guided tour of the facility, which showcases the winemaking process from start to finish. Guests will also find unique and artisan food and gift products in their boutique, or may taste a flight of Herzog's award-winning California wines at the tasting bar.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2009
Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 108207)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Displays an inviting mix of citrus and creamy tropical fruit aromas. Offers layer upon layer of ripe apple, vanilla and orange flavors. Richly textured with bright, snappy acidity. This stylish, sunny Chardonnay pairs well with poultry and seafood.
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About Barnard Griffin Winery:

Barnard Griffin Winery was established in 1983 by Winemaker Rob Griffin and his wife, Deborah Barnard. Rob saw the opportunity to make great wine in Washington and moved north in 1977. Pleased with his move to Washington, he says "The northern latitude of Washington and the ideally drained sandy soils of the Columbia Valley make it possible to produce deeply concentrated wines of pronounced character."


White Wines    Chardonnay    Sonoma County    California   
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Sebastiani Sonoma Chardonnay 2010
Sebastiani Sonoma Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 114977)
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Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 Sonoma County Chardonnay displays all the style and complexity one would expect from Sebastiani's excellent Chardonnay vineyards and careful use of oak barrels. The nose is a luscious blend of lemon curd, yellow apple, vanilla and caramel. The palate is moderately creamy with bright apple fruit and hints of butterscotch. The finish is roasty, toasty and round. From first to last, this is quintessential Sonoma County Chardonnay.
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About Sebastiani Sonoma Cask Cellars:

With over a century of winemaking experience in Sonoma, Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery focuses on crafting small lots of super-premium wines from the great growing regions of Sonoma County, becoming one of California’s most highly praised and awarded wineries for its Bordeaux and Burgundian varietals.

With the spotlight on single vineyards and specific sub-appellations such as Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Carneros and Russian River Valley, Sebastiani produces wine under the Sonoma County, Appellation Selection and Proprietary Selection designations. Founded in 1904 by Samuele Sebastiani, the winery is best known for its Cherryblock Cabernet Sauvignon, one of Sonoma County's most coveted wines. The winery is located just blocks from Sonoma's historic downtown plaza and offers historical tours as well as extensive picnic grounds and hospitality venues.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Central Coast    California   
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Cupcake Vineyards Chardonnay 2011
Cupcake Vineyards Chardonnay 2011
(search item no. 117535)
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PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

We work hard to bring you the biggest, richest Chardonnay from California's desirable Central Coast, where the sun drenched grapes create full and elegantly textured wines. Decadent levels of butter, cream, bright citrus and vanilla melt into a balance of oak and subtle spice. In other words: Delicious.

Serve chilled with crab cakes, seared Ahi tuna on waffle crackers or fresh-baked French bread and cheese.

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About Cupcake Vineyards:

At Cupcake Vineyards, our goal is to craft the richest, smoothest and most elegantly textured wines. To ensure this, we select our grapes from vineyards that are truly expressive of the varietals that we grow. Our Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot come from California’s sun-drenched Central Coast, where the distinctive topography and climate moderated by the Pacific Ocean yields some of California's best world-class wines. Our Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Marlborough valley of New Zealand, where the long days and cool climate allow the grapes to mature slowly over a longer period of time.