Kendall-Jackson's New Spectrum of Chard
Producer of America’s #1 selling Chardonnay for 25+ years, Kendall-Jackson announces the launch of their new unoaked 2018 AVANT Chardonnay – bringing loyal fans and new generations of wine drinkers a full spectrum of Chardonnay for the first time since releasing the first K-J Chard in 1982.
What is a spectrum of Chardonnay? The O.G. pioneers of the California Chardonnay movement, the launch of AVANT showcases Kendall-Jackson’s bold diversion from their storied, oak-driven wine to a crisp, unoaked profile. Now, K-J owns the vast range of high-quality, vineyard-driven Chardonnay with different expressions of the grape for every wine palate:
· AVANT ($17) is cold-fermented in stainless steel tanks to create the purest expression of the Chardonnay grape. Showcasing crisp green apple, citrus and tropical fruit notes, for a wine that is youthful and lively.
· The Vintner’s Reserve ($18) is integrated with flavors of pineapple, mango, and papaya, highlighting citrus notes that dazzle the palate. These flavors delicately intertwine with aromas of vanilla and honey to create depth and balance throughout, hints of toasted oak and butter rounds out the lingering finish.
· The Grand Reserve ($22) has a lush, tropical fruit essence with a nice minerality from the calciferous soils in the Santa Maria and Los Alamos valleys. There are hints of floral notes from the Dijon and Rued Clones used in the blend, and flavors of vanilla and spice to round out the palate.
· Grown on a hillside above the Santa Maria Bench in Santa Barbara, the premium blocks of the Camelot Highlands are dedicated to the single-vineyard Jackson Estate ($45) bottling. Vibrant guava and tangerine flavors combine with notes of cinnamon, candied lime, and vanilla bean, leading to a long, rich finish.