9 Outstanding California Chardonnays

New reviews of Golden State Chardonnays from Napa, Sonoma and Carneros, all earning 90 points or more

9 Outstanding California Chardonnays
Founded in 1969, Cuvaison is a Carneros pioneer, focusing on estate-grown wines from its 200-acre property. (Courtesy of Grace Sager)
May 18, 2020

In Napa and Sonoma, 2018 offered ideal growing conditions with moderate temperatures, allowing grapes to ripen evenly. Here we highlight 9 outstanding whites from the vintage.

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