Fulton Ranch Chardonnay (1.5-Liter) 2018
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.
90 points, Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, August 2020
Rich and broad-textured, with butterscotch accents to the viscous ripe white fruit and spice flavors. The buttery finish shows tropical fruit notes.
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.