Kendall Jackson Avant Chardonnay 2009
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Top 100 Wines of 2011
#54 of 100
Wine Enthusiast 90 points
"A new category of Chardonnay introduced this year by Kendall-Jackson, and likely to eventually compete with its best-selling Vintner's Reserve. The wine is slightly sweet in pineapple, orange and vanilla honey flavors, with the crisp acidity that comes from costal grape sourcing. The wine has better structure and is somewhat more minerally and elegant than the Vintner's Reserve."
This refreshing Chardonnay bursts with intriguing layers of fresh pineapple, bright green apple, crisp Meyer lemon, juicy pear and wildflowers. The wine's refreshing acidity and sleek mineral notes are balanced by a rounded mid-palate with a long, pure fruit finish.
Sourced exclusively from our Jackson Estates Grown vineyards in Monterey and Mendocino counties, this release offers the vibrant expression and remarkable depth of varietal character typical of the Chardonnay grown in these outstanding coastal winegrowing regions. Avant takes its name from the French word for “before” and reflects the vibrant expression of the fruit before oak has the chance to impart much flavor.
*100% Jackson Estates Grown
*Monterey County contributes lemony citrus and mineral notes.
*Mendocino County adds juicy green apple flavors.
*Santa Barbara County delivers a dash of fresh pineapple flavors.
*Sonoma County delivers a touch of ripe apple and pear.
*Handcrafted in small vineyard lots throughout the entire winemaking process.
*Whole cluster pressed to preserve fresh fruit character.
*54% fermented in stainless steel; 46% fermented in neutral oak barrels.
*Partial secondary fermentation gives a rounder mid-palate
*60% Monterey County, 39% Mendocino County, 1% Santa Barbara and Sonoma counties