Sourced exclusively from our Jackson Estates Grown vineyards in Santa Barbara and Monterey counties, this release offers the vibrant expression and remarkable depth of varietal character typical of the Chardonnay grown in these outstanding coastal winegrowing regions.
The 2012 vintage in Santa Barbara and Monterey was very close to perfect, and high quality grapes were the norm in almost every block we harvested. The resulting cuvee showed great balance with rich, tropical flavors accompanied by clean, well-integrated acidity and finesse.
Robert Parker 91 Points
The 2012 Chardonnay Grand Reserve (200,000 cases produced) is composed of Monterey and Santa Barbara fruit that spent nine months in largely French oak as well as smaller quantities of American wood. One-third is new, and this cuvee is put through full malolactic fermentation as opposed to the other Chardonnays where it is generally partially or completely blocked. Copious quantities of tropical fruits, pineapples, mangoes, apricot marmalade and honeyed citrus are found in this clean white that finishes with good acidity and a distant minerality. It was the only Chardonnay in this tasting that revealed a touch of oak. Consume it over the next 2-3 years.