Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Updated Review: ***+ 2005 Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay - Santa Barbara and Monterey, CA

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Original Review: It's a warm spring evening in the Northeast United States, perfect time to bring out a slightly chilled reserve chardonnay. This Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve is made from 2/3 Santa Barbara County benchland grapes and 1/3 Monterey Arroyo Seco hillside fruit. As part of the Grand Reserve line, it is crafted from the top 3% of all K-J chardonnay vineyards.

Tasting notes, May, 2007:  The chardonnay shows a flinty lemon green in the glass. The nose pushes out a bit, bringing fruit that is made slightly creamy with oak, with some overtones of grapefruit and lemon peel. Let's see if the taste brings the same...

On the palate, a golden, almost raisiny, round fruit is the first thing to notice, carried along by fairly long legs of fruit. The oak is less prominent than expected from the aroma, letting the fruit tell its story without too much help. That's nice. Finish is creamy but clean, and just long enough without becoming cloying.

I'd definitely come back to this, with pleasure. Three stars, with a plus for the pleasure.

For comparison, Rober Parker awarded 90 points, and said, "Crisp and elegant, with notes of orange marmalade and oil, a brilliant texture, outstanding purity and a heady finish."

Review wine provided by Kendall-Jackson Vineyards, Santa Rosa CA.

Updated review, over five years later, September, 2012:    Oily butterscotch in color in the glass.  Ripe white raisins and hay on the nose.  Raisins are prominent now on the palate, with lightly oxidized mineral oil elements. This has moved a year or two past its peak; drink in the first five years of life!

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