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