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Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay Monterey Santa Barbara 2010

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"Undeniably the best Chardonnay for the price in the marketplace.... This crisp, medium-bodied, elegant, dry Chardonnay is an astonishing achievement considering the quantity produced as well as its price." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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Kendall-Jackson:
  Jess Stonestreet Jackson, founder of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, was a legend in the wine industry. Thanks to his dedication and skill, he popularized Chardonnay in the United States, with the best-selling Chardonnay in America for over 20 years. In 1983, just one year after he founded Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, his Chardonnay won the first double Platinum Award ever given by... Read more
  Jess Stonestreet Jackson, founder of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, was a legend in the wine industry. Thanks to his dedication and skill, he popularized Chardonnay in the United States, with the best-selling Chardonnay in America for over 20 years. In 1983, just one year after he founded Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, his Chardonnay won the first double Platinum Award ever given by the American Wine Competition. Jackson passed away on April 21, 2011, at the age of 81, leaving behind the highest-selling brand of “super-premium” wine in the United States. In 1974, Jess Jackson and his wife, Jane Kendall, purchased and converted a pear and walnut orchard in Lakeport, California into a vineyard. In 1982, a downturn in the grape market discouraged Jackson from selling grapes, so he took the opportunity to create his own winery, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates. This was a wise decision, since today, with 14,000 acres across California’s Sonoma County and numerous distinctions, Kendall-Jackson is one of the most successful wineries in America. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay Monterey Santa Barbara

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,895
0.00 5
07/20/2012

A bit low key on the nose with soft apple pie and grilled pineapple fruit under a topping of burnt marshmallow and vanilla cookies. Medium to full in the mouth with some hints of lemony acidity helping to balance out the obvious sweetness here. This is creamy and indistinct in the mouth with a nice balance of grilled pineapple and vanilla flavors on the mid-palate. Gains sweet graham cracker notes on the finish, which shows a bit of heat under the lemon candy sweetness. 82pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,895
3.00 5
12/18/2012

Sweet and quite spicy on the nose with heavy pineapple and papaya aromas topped with a bit of caramel and a touch of dried ginger. A bit round and heavy on entry with nice acidity, but dried fruit flavors make this seem a bit dull. The flavors tend towards the dried mango and pineapple end of the spectrum with a juicy pop of lemon on the midpalate and oak influences which are fairly restrained, adding a spicy underlay and framing notes of vanilla through the back end. The finish is simple with lemon juice and egg cream flavors. Serviceable if a bit anonymous. 84pts Acidity: Medium Perceived Sweetness: Low Oak: Medium Low Spicy Flavors: Medium Savory Flavors: Low Fruity Flavors: Medium Intensity of Flavor: Medium Weight in Mouth: Medium High


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,895
2.50 5
01/30/2012

Sweet and fruity on the nose with notes of pear and pineapple accented by toasty wood spice and some green sap wood notes. Rather rich in the mouth with vivid acids that more than balance out the sweetness. This is almost Loire Valley Chenin-like with its combination of sweetness and blazing acidity. The fruit has a nice creamy edge with lots of caramel corn framing notes to the core of pineapple and green apple fruit. Finishes with spice, a touch of heat and some zesty, acid-driven fruit flavors. A lot of wine, too much actually, with the acidity becoming intrusive as you get used to the sweetness here. I’d rather not. 83pts


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Snooth User: mikespeer
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3.00 5
09/04/2012

pear and apple on the nose...very full on the palatte with a hint of oak on the finish....


Snooth User: DEReam13
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0.00 5
05/19/2012

Its okay.


External Reviews for Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay Monterey Santa Barbara

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

This is clean and dry, with crisp acidity. Itandrsquo;s leaner than many richer Chardonnays, but shows plenty of wealth and creaminess, and citrus and pear flavors. A nice partner to roasted chicken or broiled halibut.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
11/01/2012

Displays a mix of fresh, lively, snappy citrus, nectarine and tangerine flavors that turn supple and fleshy. Drink now through 2020.


External Review
02/22/2012

"Beautifully integrated tropical flavors such as pineapple, mango, and papaya with citrus notes that explode in your mouth. These flavors delicately intertwine with aromas of vanilla and honey to create depth and balance throughout. A hint of toasted oak rounds out the long, lingering finish." - Randy Ullom, WinemasterStatistical Information: Appellation: CaliforniaComposition:100% ChardonnayGrowing Regions:51% Monterey County47% Santa Barbara County2% Sonoma CountyAlcohol: 13.8%T.A.: 0.70/100mlpH: 3.35


External Review
09/18/2013

"Beautifully integrated tropical flavors such as pineapple, mango, and papaya with citrus notes that explode in your mouth. These flavors delicately intertwine with aromas of vanilla and honey to create depth and balance throughout. A hint of toasted oak rounds out the long, lingering finish." - Randy Ullom, WinemasterStatistical Information:Appellation: CaliforniaComposition:100% ChardonnayGrowing Regions:51% Monterey County47% Santa Barbara County2% Sonoma CountyAlcohol: 13.8%T.A.: 0.70/100mlpH: 3.35 ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
03/27/2013

This is clean and dry, with crisp acidity. It’s leaner than many richer Chardonnays, but shows plenty of wealth and creaminess, and citrus and pear flavors. A nice partner to roasted chicken or broiled halibut.


External Review
07/01/2013

Deliciously crisp with lots of fruit and subtle spice notes. Layers of apricot, peach and orange blossom mingle with bursts of aromatic jasmine and a delightful finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The 2010 Chardonnay Vintnerandrsquo;s Reserve wraps around the palate with layers of expressive fruit. Butterscotch, spices, flowers and hazelnuts add complexity. This is another fabulous value. The entire 2,000,000 case production is made from estate-owned vineyards, which is simply mind-boggling to contemplate. Frequent lees-stirring and aging in French oak barrels impart a level of textural richness that is uncommon for a wine in this price range. Anticipated maturity: 2012andndash;2014.


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"Undeniably the best Chardonnay for the price in the marketplace.... This crisp, medium-bodied, elegant, dry Chardonnay is an astonishing achievement considering the quantity produced as well as its price." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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