Carneros Napa Valley VS Monterey County Chardonnay (Not much of a sample,
but. . .) is not really a fair contest, yet the results are much the same.
Two Chardonnay wines, both a bit nondescript, but both way good, good flavor, drink-ability, and both are food friendly.
Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Gold Label Monterey County 2009 Chardonnay, $10.20- $15.99, 88 points, stands-out in two areas, price and a nice ginger finish; if these two things interest you, then this is a go. There is some pleasant toastiness here, but I couldn't find melon or citrus, but there was an almost Sauvignon Blanc quality when chilled.
Molnar Family Poseidon's Vineyard Carneros Napa Valley 2008 Chardonnay, $21.74-$24.99, 90 points, is quite a bit more painful on your pocket, but the delicious factor is amped-up too. This chardonnay has a good balance of green apple and vanilla, with just a hint of ginger on the finish, the color is a beautiful golden green, and the texture is lightly mercurial.