Stature Santa Barbara County CHARDONNAY 2021
Stature represents the pinnacle of Kendall-Jackson winemaking excellence. Created from only our finest vineyards and crafted without compromise, it offers the ultimate expression of wine artistry. The 2021 Stature Santa Barbara County Chardonnay expresses a lush, opulent pineapple, mango, and papaya bouquet with a creamy, rich finish on the palate and floral honeysuckle notes that add aromatically elegant layers.
Only 173 cases of the 2021 vintage were produced and are available by allocation only. Sign up for our Stature allocation to receive guaranteed access to our Stature Chardonnay upon release by contacting us directly.
The 2021 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 2021 wines begged to be shown to the world. These profoundly complex Chardonnays beamed with quality and individuality that expressed the essence of their terroir. The 2021 Stature Chardonnay was aged for 11 months in 100% French oak (45% new).
The 2021 Stature Chardonnay is blended from select barrels sustainably-grown in our Santa Barbara County estate vineyards: 70% Santa Maria Valley, 30% Santa Barbara. 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.