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The Best Chardonnay - The Reverse Wine Snob Picks!
Chardonnay can be a bit of a love/hate proposition for a lot of people, but it doesn't have to be that way!
On the one hand you have the big, buttery style of wines that undergo malolactic fermentation and are usually aged in oak. (On a side note, because oak aging is associated with this style most people presume that is where the buttery notes come from but that is not the case - see the full explanation in our Ask The Expert episode on this question.)
On the other hand you have the naked, or unoaked, style that lets the true beauty of the grape shine through. While we naturally gravitate towards the latter group some of our very favorite Chardonnays are those that blend a bit of both styles together.
In this category we call out our favorites in both the oaked, unoaked and combined styles which means that we've got something for everyone!
Not only that, but we don't restrict our search for the best Chardonnay to California. One of the most grown grapes in the world, there's plenty of good Chardonnay to be found in places like France, Italy, Chile and more.
Read on for our picks of The Best Chardonnay Under $20!
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Includes an explanation of malolactic fermentation and how those buttery notes get in Chardonnay.100% Chardonnay from Horse Heaven … [Read more...]
Primarily Chardonnay with other white aromatics and a small amout of Malvasia Bianca from California.SRP of $15 and available for as low … [Read more...]
100% Chardonnay from Vin de Pays d'Oc, France.SRP of $15 and available for as low as $8. Imported by Boisset Family Estates. Sample … [Read more...]
40% Viognier from Sicily, 30% Chardonnay from Trentino, 20% Vermentino from Maremma and 10% Pecorino from Marche, Italy.SRP of $10 and … [Read more...]
51% Pinot Noir, 46% Chardonnay, 2% Pinot Meunier and 1% Pinot Gris from Napa Valley, California.SRP of $22 and available for as low as … [Read more...]