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Kendall-Jackson

Kendall-Jackson ‘Grand Reserve’ Chardonnay, California

Kendall-Jackson ‘Grand Reserve’ Chardonnay, California

The Coastal Crown: 2021 Kendall-Jackson 'Grand Reserve' Chardonnay

A Legacy Uncorked:

In the heart of Sonoma Valley's lush landscapes, Kendall-Jackson Vineyard Estates emerges as a beacon of viticultural excellence. With its foundation in Santa Rosa, California, this vineyard has carved its niche within the prestigious Sonoma Valley wine country, crafting a narrative of passion, innovation, and unparalleled quality. Garnering acclaim as the highest-selling brand of "super-premium" wine in the United States by 2010, Kendall-Jackson's offerings are frequently lauded in the same breath as the revered 1er Cru wines of Volnay, Burgundy— a testament to its exceptional craftsmanship and the high esteem in which it is held.

Viticultural Virtuosity:

The 2021' Grand Reserve' Chardonnay is a symphony of meticulous winemaking and sustainable viticulture, harmoniously blending 100% Chardonnay grapes from the esteemed appellations of Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria Valley, and Monterey County. This wine vividly portrays Kendall-Jackson's dedication to expressing the distinctive terroir of California's incredible coastline, where the unique east-west running valleys of Santa Barbara foster a cool maritime climate. This climatic advantage extends the growing season, allowing the grapes to achieve balanced ripeness and imbuing them with intense flavors.

Barrel Crafted Brilliance:

This Chardonnay is a masterpiece of complexity and elegance, aged gracefully for 9 months in 86% French oak (29% new) and 14% American oak (1% new). With lees stirred bi-monthly, the meticulous sur lie aging process integrates the fruit and oak seamlessly, lending a creamy mouthfeel that beautifully counterbalances the wine's vibrant minerality. This deliberate and thoughtful approach to winemaking ensures that each bottle of Kendall-Jackson 'Grand Reserve' Chardonnay is a testament to the highest standards of sustainability and quality.

A Sensorial Journey:

Winemaker Randy Ullom's notes reveal a luscious tapestry of tropical fruits entwined with the distinct minerality of calcareous soils, complemented by subtle floral nuances from the Dijon and Rued clones. A whisper of vanilla and spice rounds out the rich, long finish, offering a glimpse into the depth and complexity of this exceptional Chardonnay.

Pairings and Occasions:

This Chardonnay is a versatile companion to a myriad of culinary delights. Its bright acidity and full-bodied elegance make it perfect for creamy risottos, grilled seafood, or poultry dishes. Whether celebrating a special occasion or enjoying a quiet evening at home, the 2021 Kendall-Jackson' Grand Reserve' Chardonnay elevates any moment into a memorable experience.

Crafted with an unwavering commitment to quality and sustainability, the 2021 Kendall-Jackson' Grand Reserve' Chardonnay stands as a beacon of the vineyard's legacy and a testament to the art of winemaking.

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