2015 Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Vintner's Reserve

Year: 2015
Appellation: California
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 88
Vinous Media: 88
Connoisseurs' Guide: 86
Wine Enthusiast: 91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$10.95

STILL THE BIGGEST SELLING CHARDONNAY ON THE PLANET AND STILL VERY VERY GOOD QUALITY, SURPRISING GIVEN THE QUANTITY PRODUCED!! WE HAVE AN EXTRAORDINARY PRICE, NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY!!

"Plush, with loads of richness to the well-honed flavors of beeswax, baked pear and lemon tart. Minerally midpalate, presenting a fresh and zesty finish that finishes with pastry notes. Drink now through 2020. 50,000 cases made.–KM " (WS)

"There are two million cases (basically the equivalent of 100,000 barrels, and all hand stirred) of the 2015 Chardonnay Vintner’s Reserve. Eighty percent of this wine comes from the estate vineyards, most of them in Monterey, but to a lesser extent, in Santa Barbara, Mendocino and Sonoma. It goes through 100% barrel fermentation, with the breakdown on the barrels 44% French (5% new) and 53% American wood (8% new). It is bottled after seven months to preserve its exuberant fruit characteristics, which readers will find in its round, delicious, ripe peach, delicate honeysuckle and tropical fruit notes. It is a medium-bodied, crisp, amazing Chardonnay. With some two million cases, I’m sure some retailers will stock it in warmer areas of their stores, but when you can find pristine bottles, this wine does deliver. It has only one gram per liter of residual sugar, which destroys the false narrative of its critics that it’s very sweet. It is actually quite dry.

Long-time winemaker Randy Ullom remains behind this enormous array of wines under the Kendall-Jackson label. They have set the bar high in terms of value wines under $20 a bottle, with their Vintner’s Reserve series especially noteworthy." (WA)

"Kendall-Jackson's flagship 2015 Chardonnay Vintner's Reserve is a model of consistency. Soft, supple and open-knit, with lovely tropical fruit, white flower and butter notes, the Vintner's Select is a pretty wine to drink over the next 2-3 years. " (VM)

"Touted by its maker as being America's top-selling Chardonnay, this year's version of the Vintner's Reserve is as usual keyed on direct, slightly candied fruitiness. Its juicier aspects are balanced by a brisk bit of mildly citrusy acidity, and, if more of a simple quaffer than an expressively varietal effort, it is a pleasant, squeaky clean and fairly refreshing look at the grape that is often found at a substantially discounted price. Reviewed: May 2017" (CG)

"A staple of California winemaking, this vintage is as good as ever—perfectly polished, with light aromas of toasted oak and crisp green apple, lemon-lime and tempting butter flavors, and a medium-bodied frame. The texture is silky smooth, and everything tastes harmonious and balanced." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Tasting Notes:
“Beautifully integrated tropical flavors such as pineapple, mango and papaya with citrus notesthat 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, Winemaster