Whether you’re having poultry or pork chardonnay can be a perfect pairing partner for the holidays. The heavier tendency of the wine lends itself well to the full bodied nature of the meat, providing a wonderful compliment to the meal. While not all chardonnay is well suited for the task, a well balanced one can sparkle in this light. Can 2010 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay show the true potential or is it time to look elsewhere.
Sight: A solid gold
Smell: Pineapple and spicy smoke, white pepper, touches of caramel. Orange also comes to the party in small amounts.
Sip: A full heavy mouth feel, and incredibly smooth texture. A subtle wrinkle of vanilla that falls out quickly. There’s a nice amount of pineapple and mango to represent fruit, and a hint of smoke. [A.B.V. 13.5/5]
Savor: The ending is a little toasty, but gives way to an orange and mango finish. It remains rather brief though.
2010 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay is subtle, but very smooth. The flavors and structure are slightly at odds, giving an expectation of something more bold than it is. The smoothness is very enjoyable and complimented by the lively nature of the acid. The flavors don’t separate well, and leaves a vague finish. For a holiday dinner, 2010 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay could off a fun Chardonnay for the table, especially as the night continues on.
Verdict: Smooth, Lively, Smoke, Tropical
Santa Rosa, California
*Disclaimer: This bottle was a sample