91
points

Jackson Estate Seco Highlands Chardonnay 2019

A rich, lively wine offering floral notes and balanced oak. The Rued clone imparts a Muscat/Gewürztraminer nose that makes the Seco Highlands Chardonnay a very inviting and surprising wine. The Arroyo Seco (Spanish for Dry Creek) appellation of Monterey County is in the center of the chilled Salinas Valley. Just the right distance from the Pacific Ocean to balance warm, sun-drenched days for ripeness, with the cooling effect of a marine layer (fog) and cold nights for bright, fresh acidity. Complex regions create the most interesting wines.

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/bottle
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Wine Facts
Appellation
Arroyo Seco, Monterey County
Composition
100% Chardonnay
T.A.
0.62g/100ml
pH
3.72
Alc %
14.5%

Acclaim

2019 Vintage

91 points, Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast, Apr 2021

 

2018 Vintage

94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Jan 2020

The 2018 Chardonnay Seco Highlands is marked by soaring aromatic intensity and a weightless feel that is rather beguiling. Exotic white flowers, mint, lemon confit and white pepper are all beautifully lifted here. New oak is around 67%, but the wood is not at all noticeable. As always, this is one of the most distinctive wines in the range.

 

 

Winemaking

Aged 9 months in 100% French oak barrels, 59% new, with a medium toast.

Vineyards

Elevation: 250 - 350 feet above sea level

Soil: Western slope of Arroyo Seco region that is an alluvial bench of sandy loam and gravel soils.

Climate: Quite windy, yet nestled against the Santa Lucia mountains which reduces the wind factor. Fog is usually thick in the evenings coming in daily from the Monterey Bay.

buttery oak, floral muscat citrus note
Primary Aromas & Flavors
Veal picatta, Caesar salad with grilled chicken, Savory quiches
Food & Wine Pairing
50° F
Ideal Serving Temperature
white burgundy
Ideal Glass Shape