12 Spicy West Coast Chardonnays

New reviews of whites from California, Oregon and Washington
12 Spicy West Coast Chardonnays
Gloria Ferrer is best-known for its sparklers from Carneros, but also makes still wine, like Chardonnay. (Courtesy of Gloria Ferrer)
Oct 1, 2018

Chardonnay is the most famous white wine on the planet. Because the grape itself is fairly neutral, the resulting wine's style is defined by where and how it's made. Today's selection from Washington, Oregon and California represents the breadth of flavor that Chardonnay has to offer, with both classic and atypical characteristics. Get the scores and tasting notes!

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