Chardonnay

Bernardus, Monteray County, California, 2008

Bold, rich and layered, with a combination of fig, toasty oak, and hazelnut.  The flavors are pure and focused with a long persistent finish. $44

Francis Ford Coppola, Votre Santé, California, 2010

A lovely combination of white peach, honeydew melon, floral and mineral notes.  Full-bodied, supple and creamy, finishing with a dash of nutmeg. $30

Cambria, Katherine’s Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, California, 2011

Carries a lot of oak, while underneath the fruit is charming, open and sufficiently edgy, with flavors of dried pineapple and lime. It has a structural grip that suggests more than oak is in play—something rocky and mineral.  $38

Landmark, Damaris Reserve, Sonoma County, California, 2008

Rich and full-bodied.  Tiers of apricot, melon, fig and citrus that are concentrated without being heavy, ends with a dash of smoky oak.  $74

Truchard, Carneros District, California, 2011

Well-focused and full-bodied with attractive notes of green apple and toasty oak. Balanced and mouth-watering.  $56

Seven Falls, Wahluke Slope, Washington, 2011

Fresh and vibrant, this white offers an array of pear, grapefruit, white pepper and floral flavors that dance through the relatively light finish, showing a touch of oak.   $36

Sycamore Lane, California, 2011

A simple Chardonnay with citrus flavors and a ripe oak finish. $6.5/glass  $26/bottle