From the Russian River and a windy, cool vineyard near Sebastopol, the 2017 Chardonnay Jennifer's (100% old Wente clone) was fermented and aged 16 months in 30% new French oak. It's one of the more dense, concentrated wines in the lineup and offers gorgeous caramelized pineapple, flower oil, chalky minerality, brioche, and lemon curd-like aromas and flavors. Rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, it packs an incredible amount of intensity yet still stays chiseled, elegant, and focused on the palate, with incredible length. It's a stunning wine in every sense. Drink bottles any time over the coming decade.
- Jeb Dunnuck, 99 pts
WOW—the 2017 Chardonnay Jennifer’s Vineyard reveals the most beautiful perfume of beeswax, peach blossoms and lemongrass with a core of spiced apples, poached pears and almond croissant. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers layer upon layer of savory, citrus and stone fruit flavors, finishing long and spicy.
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 97 pts
From a late-ripening site in the cool, windy Sebastopol Hills, Jennifer’s gives off a rounded richness and voluptuous texture, alongside flavors of pear compote and baking spice. Classically structured and racy, it has undeniable weight and concentration that taste unexpectedly light on the palate.
- Wine Enthusiast, 95 pts