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Crisp New Chardonnays

After years of devotion to oaky Chardonnay, American wine drinkers have had enough of these big, lush, buttery whites and are moving toward newer, leaner, fresher styles modeled on Chablis. F&W’s Ray Isle finds the best.

2008 Grant Burge Benchmark

Australian winemaker Grant Burge is famous for his intense Shirazes. But this Chardonnay, with its juicy, lemon-curd character, shows that he knows his way around whites, too.

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Ray Isle, May 2009
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Crisp New Chardonnays