Kendall-Jackson Vineyards & Winery 2016 Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay
California, United States
ON $19.95 (369686)
For the past 25 years, Kendall-Jackson’s Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay has ranked as the top-selling Chardonnay in the United States. Even more impressive, all of that volume comes entirely from family owned hillside vineyards that stretch along the Californian coastline. The winemaking team points out that Monterey County fruit contributes citrus flavours, Mendocino County provides green apple notes and Sonoma County imparts ripe pear. Further south, Santa Barbara County supplies riper tropical notes. This coastal blend is fermented and aged in French and American oak barrels for added richness and complexity. Careful sur lie aging with monthly stirring to keep the wine in contact with the dead yeast cells enhances the texture and creamy flavour. The smooth texture and polished, fruity character makes this easy to appreciate.