(2006 Vintage) The 2006 Grand Reserve Chardonnay which is aged 8 months in acombination of French and American oak and put through malolacticfermentation is a crossappellation blend of 55% from Monterey and 45%from Santa Barbara Gorgeous tropical fruits pineapple in particularas well as honeysuckle and some floral notes jump from the glass of thispure rich wine that exhibits subtle oak but is dominated by its fruitIts a beauty that should drink nicely for several years Remarkablythere are 170000 cases of it!
Wine & Spirits(2005 Vintage) There are several million cases of the 2009 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay (100% estate grown Chardonnay that is, remarkably, 100% barrel fermented), which comes primarily from Jess Jackson's coastal properties in Monterey and Santa Barbara. Winemaker Randy Ullom told me he manages to stir the lees on all the barrels once a month, which is astonishing. Abundant aromas of white peach, honeysuckle, green apple skins and a hint of tropical fruits jump from the glass of this medium-bodied, crisp, dry, fruity, well-made Chardonnay. It is a sensational bargain.