2009 Jenner Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

SKU #1096206

A new boutique winery with a tiny production: just 500 cases. This is only their second vintage of Chardonnay, and I am very glad I found it! This is a fantastic drinking Chardonnay, with great balance of fruit, acidity and just a hint of creaminess and oak. It will be the crowd-pleaser at any party. Light and fresh, with a touch of broadness on the mid-palate that reminds you it's Chardonnay, but without the dirty oak that reminds you of grandma. Enjoy, this price won't last for long! (Christie Cartwright, Domestic Liaison)

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By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/30/2012  | Send Email
The Jenner chardonnay has the acid, the minerality, the crisp citrus fruit that presents itself so beautifully in this wine that it could only come from the Sonoma Coast.

By: Adam Parry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2012  | Send Email
This is just the second vintage for this wine. Just a pleasant Chardonnay, rich and creamy mid palate and a great balance of oak. Definitely a great buy for parties. A crowd pleasing wine.

By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/22/2012  | Send Email
While I'm generally not a huge fan of Chardonnay, I thought this cool climate version from Jenner was definitely worth having on hand to serve up when the occasion calls for something a little less geeky than Rkatsiteli (which is pretty often). Toasty on the nose, this delivered way more balance on the palate than I expected, especially for the price. Orange curd, lemon and apple, a hint of lees and vanilla spice. This has great lift and freshness that would appeal to fans of richer Chards and steelier ones alike.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).