Jackson Estate Cloud Landing Chardonnay 2018
Situated on the undulating hills between the San Pablo Bay and the Pacific Ocean, Cloud Landing is perched in the fog line more often than not, but still exposed to the persistent wind from the Petaluma Wind Gap. The grapes are challenged not only by the wind, but also the cool, long days that make this site ideal for developed flavors and natural acidity in Chardonnay. Mineral driven with aromas of flint, citrus and lemon. A lush, well-structured plate of ripe pear, honeycomb, and baked pie crust with a lengthy, lush, mouth filling finish.
93 points, Erin Brooks, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, Dec 2019
The 2017 Jackson Estate Cloud Landing Chardonnay was barrel fermented and aged 10 months in 35% new French oak. It's scented of red apple skin, crème fraîche, white peach, crushed shell and almonds, plus notes of honey toast and saline coming through with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied and slightly rounded, with intense, savory and toasty flavors enlivened by mouthwatering acidity on the long finish. Delicate and delicious.
93 points, Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, June 2019
From the cooler Petaluma Gap region, the 2017 Chardonnay Jackson Estate Cloud Landing offers more minerality, smoke, charcoal, and stone fruit notes as well as a big, medium to full-bodied, concentrated style on the palate. It opens up nicely with time in the glass and will benefit from 6-12 months of bottle age.
Aged 10 months in 100% French oak, 35% new, medium toasted oak barrels.
Elevation: 160 – 260 feet
Soil: Diablo clay formed from weathered shale, sandstone, and consolidated sediments.
Climate: Mediterranean climate with maritime influence due to the proximity to the San Pablo Bay and Pacific Ocean.