Jackson Estate Fulton Ranch Chardonnay (1.5-Liter) 2017
Located in the Russian River Valley, the Fulton Ranch vineyard surrounds the Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens. The site benefits from the region’s famously warm days and cool nights, with majestic blankets of fog making a daily appearance to preserve natural acidity in the grapes. The array of well-drained sand and gravel soils make this an exceptional vineyard for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir alike. Toasted oak, vanilla, caramel, and crème brulee complement the notes of orange peel, papaya, and baked apples, leading into a long, soft finish.
91 points, Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, June 2019
Lots of stone fruits, orange blossom, white flowers, and some exotic notes emerge from the 2017 Chardonnay Jackson Estate Fulton Ranch, which comes from the old Château de Beaune vineyard in the Russian River Valley. It’s medium-bodied, with good purity and outstanding length. It’s rock solid. This cuvée was aged 9 months in 29% new French oak.
Aged 9 1/2 months in 99% French oak, 29% new
Elevation: 100 – 200 feet
Soil: Fine yolo silt and clay loam soils flowing over fertile alluvial beds.
Climate: Cool, foggy mornings lead into warm afternoons, allowing the grapes to fully develop their flavors over a long growing season.