At Shaws I found Kanga Chardonnay for $4.49, and though I did not try this wine, I've heard fair things (Little to no finish however) about their Shiraz. Shaws usually has a "buy six bottles-get $5.00 off." That may have changed!
Cambria Katherine's Vineyard 2007 Chardonnay, $17.99, 91 points, is complex and more a typical round, buttery wine, but has a bit of a spice finish, and is "cleaner" than the Chardonnay wines to follow, except for the Chablis. Cambria is more on the peach flavors than the citrus, but they are all there in wonderful layers. This is a buy, but QPR is not as good as the Clos Du Bois, but is closer to traditional California Chardonnay.
Morgan Metallico Monterey 2009 Un-Oaked Chardonnay, $15.99-$18.99 (I picked-up two for $9.49 ea. at Stop And Shop as a missed priced idem), 89 points, is incredibly crisp (More Like a Sauvignon Blanc) with solid citrus flavors, yet smooth. At the sale price ($15.99) this was a definite buy wine.
Morgan Santa Lucia Highlands 2008 Chardonnay, $19.99-$22.99, 89 points, is balanced and pleasant, with subdued citrus, but round and smooth. As a very traditional Chardonnay, this is a good wine, but has a lot of competition, competition which in part is reflected in the following six wines.
Landmark 2008 Overlook Chardonnay, $19.54-$26.99, 88 points. Traditionally balanced, but QPR makes this not a best buy.
Ferrari-Carano Alexander Valley 2008 Chardonnay, $19.99-$29.99, 88 points, is among the creamiest I've tried, but unless that is what your palate likes the most about a Chardonnay, the average price of $25.99 makes the QPR not so good.
Baileyana Grand Firepeak Cuvee 2007 Chardonnay, $17.99-$30.00, 88 points, is, for the lower price, a good buy. This wine is traditional and with well balanced flavors of citrus and peach-pineapple and the gentle-butter-smoothness of a good Chardonnay you have a winner.
La Crema Sonoma Coast 2007 Chardonnay, $16.99-$18.99, 88 points, on first tasting was exhilarating, but quickly settled down into a traditional feel and flavor of a good Californian Chardonnay, but at the lower price, once again, you have a winner.
Merryvale Carneros Vintage 2007 Chardonnay, $17.99-$20.99, 87 points, once again falls into that traditional category of rich butter and even a spicy finish, but with the competition so steep, not the best buy in my opinion
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