Eric Kent Wine Cellars
The Wine Tour

California's Best Chardonnays

Wine Spectator's Top 30 Producers

California's Best Chardonnays

By James Laube

Chardonnay from California has become embedded in American wine culture for good reason: If you are seeking a white of distinction and complexity, whether for casual drinking or fancier dining, Chardonnay is the go-to wine. It's that good, and that reliable.

With that in mind, we've put together a list of producers that represent the cream of the crop. There are many delicious Chardonnays that merit attention; no one list would do justice to all. Yet in looking over the hundreds of Chardonnay producers I've rated in recent years, 30 stand out for their track records of quality. Taken as a group, these wineries set the gold standard for California Chardonnay excellence. . .

. . .Whatever style you prefer, whatever flavors you seek, Chardonnay from California can deliver. Use these profiles as a guide to the amazing quality on offer by top producers of America's favorite white wine.


Owner-winemaker Kent Humphrey sources his Chardonnay from several vineyards in Sonoma. Each bottling features a contemporary artist's work on the label, and the wines -from Sonoma Coast, Sangiacomo in Carneros and Russian River-are equally stylish, balancing elegance and power. In 2010, the Sangiacomo is more Chablis-like, flinty and clean; the others are a bit fuller and rounder.

ERIC KENT Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2009    91 pts    $40
ERIC KENT Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Sangiacomo Green Acres Hill 2010    91 pts    $42

<< previous  |  next >>

Contact Trade & Media

© Thu Nov 23 04:59:29 PST 2017 Eric Kent Wine Cellars  |  All Rights Reserved  |  Photography by ArtSeed  |  Website by New Media Works