2013 Chardenet "Coteau Blanc" Carneros Chardonnay (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1282678 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 From chalky soils planted on a unique rolling hillside site, this opens in wafty caramel and butterscotch, providing a decadent nose. The palate follows in luxurious, velvety waves balanced by buoyant acidity. With a mix of fresh peach and apricot, it finishes fresh, spicy and salty.  (7/2016)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* Creamy oak is neatly aligned to plentiful ripe apple fruit here, yet, if so forthrightly fruity in the nose as to presage a certain juicy simplicity in the mouth, this balanced and very well-crafted wine follows with continuous, surprisingly complex flavors that run the gamut from apples to sweet spice to minerals. It is full-bodied and a touch oily in feel with a brisk acid bounce to its step, and, despite its considerable present appeals, it has the structure and energy to grow for a bit.  (7/2016)

90 points Vinous

 The 2013 Chardonnay Coteau Blanc is a very pretty, expressive wine with good complexity and plenty of nuance. Candied lemon, hazelnut, spice and a slightly reductive note in the aromatics add the closing shades of nuance. These are three very pretty wines from Jackson Family Estates's Chardenet label. (AG)  (1/2016)

K&L Notes

Chardenet hasn't been on our radar long but the wines have impressed us greatly with their amazing vineyard sources, intense flavors and traditional Chardonnay richness. The only reason we hadn't really used them was that the wines were pretty expensive and ran into some equally serious competition. So when our supplier came to us and offered us these amazing prices we jumped at the opportunity and grabbed all we could. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/12/2016 | Send Email
The Coteau Blanc is from the wineries estate vineyard in Carneros. Close to the San Pablo Bay this cool climate region has long been know for producing some of the best Chards in the business. Sand based soils dominate the region but Coteau Blanc is actually planted on a rare deposit of limestone. Nutty with a Mersault-like crushed cashew and almond skin tone over a subtle rosewater floral quality this is alluring and pretty on the nose. Fleshy and with a continuation of floral intensity this has good mid-weighted flesh and precise, pinpoint balance. Bright, tangy and with a considerable amount of crushed stone/rock this is not unlike an AC Chablis in its cutting finish. Stunning and just an amazing value for this price point.

By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/11/2016 | Send Email
Both of these Chardenet Chardonnays are classic California offerings. The Coteau Blanc, a Carneros region vineyard plated on a partial Limestone deposit, has a very expressive nose of white flowers and apple. The palate is well balanced, with golden delicious apple, citrus, and tropical notes with a clean, oak integrated finish.
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By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2016 | Send Email
Classic Carneros expression of Chardonnay; aromatics of tropical fruit, green pineapple and lemon that lead into continued notes of green papaya and pineapple plus the inclusion of brioche and baking spices on the back-end. Great wine for the price. Drink now through 2020.

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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, M√Ęcon, 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).
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5