Chardonnay Wine: 10 Winning Whites
Chardonnay is among the most debated grape varieties around; everyone, it seems, has an opinion about what it should be. Rich and fruity? Oaky and buttery? Steely and crisp? But look at all those styles together, and it's America's most popular wine—we drank over 53 million cases of it in 2010. Recently, in a blind taste test of more than 100 under-$15 bottles, these were the 10 winners.
2009 Bogle ($9) Bogle's juicy, easy-drinking '09 vintage gets its pineapple and mango accents from the warm weather in Clarksburg, California, where the winery's vineyards are located.
2009 Sebastiani Sonoma County ($10) Roughly half of this wine is fermented in oak barrels, which helps account for its caramel-scented aroma and rich texture. A touch of Roussanne adds a spicy note.