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Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Camelot Highlands Chardonnaytext

Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Camelot Highlands Chardonnay 2015

Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California, United StatesRegal Californian chardonnay from a hillside that sits above the Santa Maria Bench in Santa Barbara. This is from premium chardonnay blocks known as the Camelot Highlands, and what winemaker Randy Ullom likes to calls "the filet mignon" section of that historic bench. The vines, planted to their own roots and over 40 years old, are deeply set in an ancient seabed. Tropical fruits mark the nose with scents of pineapple, mango and papaya, previewing a creamy rich mid-palate laced with butter, mineral, cinnamon, vanilla, orange and crème brûlée. Eight months down the road the lees character is more pronounced, adding extra complexity to the finish. As always, the richness comes with restraint and finesse. Top-flight. A KJ/Randy Ullom jewel.Tasted: 20 March 2018Tasted by: Prices:
BC$49.95750mlprivate wine shops
US$38.00750mlwinery direct
Producer: Kendall-Jackson Vineyards and WineryDistributors: Summit Fine Wines
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 293027UPC: 081584003144