Chardonnay

Stark Insider Wine Pick: Landmark Overlook Chardonnay, Sonoma County

Best of all, there's no blood filled elevators in sight. Kubrick and The Overlook. There's another combo that gets the job done in style.

Duck Shack, Baby, Duck Shack

Be wary not to confuse this with the "Love Shack" which, of course, commemorates Haight-Ashbury.

Chateau Montelena Chardonnay – A Napa Valley Classic (Review)

This is the bugger of a wine that blindsided blindtasting judges at the famed 1976 Paris Tasting (aka "Judgement of Paris" wine competition).

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Wine of the Week: Stoller Family Estate 2010 Reserve Chardonnay

Winemaker Melissa Burr of Stoller Vineyards in Oregon has a bit of a gem on her hands with this beautifully balanced Chardonnay Reserve.

Stark Wine of the Week: Gary Farrell Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

For the price, it's heaven sent. Equivalent quality from Napa would likely come in at 2-3x the price.

2010 Franciscan Estate Chardonnay Cuvée Sauvage, Napa Valley (91 pts, $40)

Franciscan Estate was first to produce a wild-yeast fermented Chardonnay in 1987 ("Faith" by George Michael topped the charts, and I was still a hapless member of the Joico gel cult).

3 Top Napa and Sonoma Wine Buys

These are reliable, great wines. Look for them, give 'em a whirl, and hopefully you'll agree.

Stark Sips: 2010 Hillgate Chardonnay, Mendocino County

With spring coming, why hold back your affection for the king of whites?

2010 Napa Cellars Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($22, 90 pts)

Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, this is a clean drinking, smooth example of what I'd frame as a casual, modern day Chardonnay.