2005 Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve ($12)
Possibly the most famous and probably the most popular California Chardonnay, this rich wine is sourced from Jackson Estates vineyards around the state, including those in Santa Barbara and Mendocino.
2005 Simi Sonoma County ($17)
The fruit for this wine comes from the Carneros and Russian River regions. The result is a lush but beautifully balanced Chardonnay that's an altogether excellent value from a reliable name.
2005 Waterstone Carneros ($18)
The Waterstone Winery sources grapes from the cool Carneros region of Napa Valley. The 2005 vintage is the winery's third Chardonnay. It's less about oak than it is about the fruit, which has a compelling crisp green apple character.