Best Chardonnay $20 or under?
My parents and a few family friends are coming over for dinner tonight and we want to buy a very tasty , balanced chardonnay with subtle butter and oak flavors. We have a Total Wine near our house so I have been browsing their selection and cross-checking ratings on cellartracker.
Thus far I have come up with a list of five chards that seem to fit the bill:
2007 Kali Hart ($14.99)
2007 La Crema ($16.99)
2006 Sonoma-Loeb ($17.99)
2006 MacRostie ($19.99)
2006 Smith-Madrone ($19.99)
Any feedback from your experiences drinking these wines would be much appreciated. Also, if you have had a delicious chard under $20 that matches our description but isn't part of my list please name it here.
Thanks for your input!
My favorite in the range is the Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells and Canoe Ridge line. They have a bit of oak but taste well beyond their price.
Out of this list, I've had the La Crema which a solid favorite at my store and is very nice.
Have a great dinner!
My favorite inexpensive chardonnay is Foxglove, the second label for Varner, but it's all stainless steel. No oak.
I don't recall Kali Hart having oak. Perhaps I'm confusing it with a similarly named wine.
I've always liked Chateau Souverain and Windsor. I think both are even under $15, let alone $20.
2005 Massolino Chard $15
2006 Marquese de Casa Concha Chard $18
2006 MArtin Ray Russian River Chard $18
2007 Wente Riva Ranch Chard $18
Someone suggested The Ste Michelle Indian Wells...great pick. Also, the Kali Hart was good when it was $14...I think CT is up over that now when you can find. And the La Crema is my go to.