Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay

Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2013

Happy Earth Day! In honor of this day, I had to open a wine from Kendall-Jackson, one of the biggest names in domestic sustainability. Kendall-Jackson has a wide range of products, all made with water conservation, integrated pest management, and green energy at the forefront.

The Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay is perhaps Kendall-Jackson's best known wine. As crazy as it may be, I'd actually never had it until tonight!

Review: This Chardonnay is a rich gold color with pronounced aromas tropical pineapple, ripe apricot, and toasted oak. The palate is dry with a soft, mouthfilling texture. The flavors are dominated by oak notes: cedar, butterscotch, and charred wood. There's a bit of tropical and citrus fruit on the palate, but this wine is all about the oak. The finish is a bit on the short side.

Food Pairing: So, it was a long night and I didn't have time to cook after getting home from work. I actually paired this with some chicken nuggets.

Bottom Line: Admittedly, this is not a style of Chardonnay I gravitate towards (too much oak for me, a bit like gnawing on a fence post). That being said, I adore the texture of this wine -- so soft and generous. While it's not for me, I can understand why this wine is consistently a top seller!

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2013
  • PLACE: California
  • GRAPE: Chardonnay
  • BOOZE: 13.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink now through 2016

Where did I get it? Giant Food
What's the damage? Mid Priced

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