Kendall-Jackson Stature Chardonnay

91
points

Stature

Santa Barbara County

Chardonnay

2013

The Camelot vineyard brings lush, opulent pineapple, mango and papaya to the Stature Chardonnay’s bouquet with a creamy richness finishing on the palate. The Neely vineyard offers the floral honeysuckle notes that add aromatically elegant layers.

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Wine Facts

APPELLATION

Santa Barbara County

COMPOSITION

100% Chardonnay

T.A.

0.65g/100ml

pH

3.61

ALC. BY VOL.

15.0%

Acclaim

91 Points, Antonio Galloni, vinousmedia.com, Feb 2015

"Kendall-Jackson's 2013 Chardonnay Stature emerges from vineyards in Santa Maria and Los Alamos. Lemon pit, almonds, smoke, white flowers and French oak are all layered together in an impeccable, harmonious Chardonnay. The viscous, resonant finish is hugely appealing."

90 Points, Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate, Dec 2014

"Their flagship (and most expensive) Chardonnay is the 2013 Chardonnay Stature. I rarely like this as much as some of the other cuvées. It seems to get more oak (100% barrel-fermented, 100% French oak of which 75% is new) and has a light, more evolved, golden color, more candied citrus, and lots of ripe pear, pineapple and honeysuckle notes. It’s rich, full-bodied, but slightly overdone compared to the other more fresh, but still exuberant and expressive Chardonnays."

90 points, Robert M. Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate, Dec 2014

"Their flagship (and most expensive) Chardonnay is the 2013 Chardonnay Stature. I rarely like this as much as some of the other cuvées. It seems to get more oak (100% barrel-fermented, 100% French oak of which 75% is new) and has a light, more evolved, golden color, more candied citrus, and lots of ripe pear, pineapple and honeysuckle notes. It’s rich, full-bodied, but slightly overdone compared to the other more fresh, but still exuberant and expressive Chardonnays."

Winemaking

After a challenging season that resulted in a distinctly rich and intriguing wine profile, the harvest was handpicked and kept lot-separated throughout production. The Lees were stirred every two weeks by hand with a precise seven strokes of the dodine tool each time. Eight unique barrels among a peer group of very beautiful 2013 wines begged to be shown to the world. These profoundly complex Chardonnays beamed with quality and individuality that expressed the essence of their terroir.

Vineyards

Much of Santa Barbara County’s reputation for bold Burgundy-style varietals can be attributed to the unique combination of long hangtimes in protracted growing seasons, cold nights all summer retaining perfect acidity and balance, and the benchland soils delivering minerality under low vigor. The Neely vineyard is in the eastern hills above Los Alamos, and the Camelot vineyard is on the northern slope of the Santa Maria Valley with a perfect East-West row direction insuring impeccable ripening. Sedimentary rock with small pieces of calcium carbonate and limestone outline their soils, guaranteeing great drainage and expressive wines

Primary Aromas & Flavors Primary Aromas & Flavors
lush, opulent pineapple, mango and papaya; floral honeysuckle notes
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50° F
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