Back in 2008 I decided to try a little experiment. I put away a couple California style chards to test aging. I got the idea from a Global Wine Tour’s tasting event where they featured an aged Chard. Something I would not have thought of trying. So in the spirit of a wine is ready to drink when you can’t wait any longer I decided it was time to give this a whirl. Over 3 years in the making. The wine was stored in a white wine fridge meaning it was colder. Golden in color with a mild but subtle varietal chard nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays classic California style chard flavors. Slightly buttery, slightly creamy some vanilla and a hint of butter scotch. The wine is medium in length on the finish building nicely. There a hint of syrup like texture and flavor. If I was to compare this to the unaged the color has darkened and the wine has become smoother, but the fruit flavors have subsided. I would give the wine a solid 90-91. I would say it has improved. I think I kept it a little too long but that was the experiment. Have a cellar you need help with? Want to start one? Planning a party and not sure what wine to serve? I’ve started offering personalized wine consulting services. Click here if you want more info.
From the LCBO web site for the current vintage:
KENDALL-JACKSON VINTNER’S RESERVE CHARDONNAY 2010 VINTAGES 369686 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 19.95
Made in: California, USA By: Jackson Wine Estates International
Release Date: May 12, 2012
Wine, White Wine 13.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: 9 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: D – Dry
One of the best values in Cali Chardonnay. Sourced from K-J’s estate vineyards across the Golden State, this is an ensemble cast working in perfect concert.