If your taste buds want something other than chardonnay, three other possibilities are appended, including a great chenin blanc — a grape making a comeback in Napa Valley — from Chappellet.
Let the celebration begin!
Noble Vines “446” San Bernabe Chardonnay 2014 ($11)
Mix of fruity and savory flavors, lots of toasty notes, almost sweet with a long aftertaste.
Meiomi Monterey-Sonoma-Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2014 ($18)
This three-county blend is an easy-drinking summer chard, but a serious one, too, with lingering flavors of melon and buttery toast, full on the palate with good structure.
Stinson Monticello Chardonnay 2014 ($25)
A Virginian entry. Ripe, rich fruitiness, mainly fresh apples, with some minerality, good balance, and good mouthfeel.
Frank Family Carneros Chardonnay 2014 ($32)
Very enjoyable, nicely structured wine with good fruitiness — apple and lime — and moderate weight.
Chappellet Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014 ($34)
A middle-of-the-road chard that is neither too oaky nor too lean, and that makes pleasant and easy drinking.
La Follette Sangiacomo Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2013 ($34)
Very good drinking — a combination of tart green apples in the beginning mellowing down to a creamy finish.
Flora Springs Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014 ($35)
Similar in profile to the pricier Flora’s Legacy (see below), perhaps needing more crispness in the finish, but with good flavors.
Pfendler Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2014 ($38)
Enjoyable green apple fuitiness with some pleasing notes of bitters and a toasty finish; moderately full, but lean at the end.
Jon Nathaniel Lavender Hill Carneros Chardonnay 2014 ($50)
A new entry from the family behind Flora Springs, the wine is creamy and toasty but has a streak of minerality; big without being over the top.
Pahlmeyer Jayson North Coast Chardonnay 2013 ($52)
A very nice chard — bright flavors, good fruit-oak balance, not overly buttery.
Flora Springs Flora’s Legacy Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014 ($70)
An elegant wine with soft fragrance in the nose and on the palate, although with some sharp edges in the finish.
Noble Vines “242” San Bernabe Sauvignon Blanc 2014 ($11)
Minty sweet, a little light — the kind of wine that would make a good spritzer or work well served over ice with a straw.
Anaba “Landa Vineyard” Sonoma Coast Viognier 2013 ($27)
Soft and light yet well-structured with lots of floral notes, yet not overly fruity; a touch of whey in the finish.
Chappellet Napa Valley Chenin Blanc 2014 ($32)
Before chardonnay domination came along, chenin blanc was widely made in Napa Valley, and I would love to see more like this one — crisp green flavors, but with more of an apple character and white-flower aromas than sauvignon blanc gives.