2017 WillaKenzie Estate Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, USA (750ml)
The 2017 Willamette Valley Chardonnay is finesse driven, balanced and classy, offering notes of citrus zest, minerality and chamomile. Texturally, the wine is focused and energetic with sufficient creaminess to balance wine’s structural acidity.
Impressive aromas of fresh lemons and peaches with lime-pith and spiced-biscuit notes, as well as a hint of praline. The palate then delivers a superbly fleshy and smooth core of rich, concentrated, ripe-peach flavors. Very composed and long. Drink now.
- James Suckling, 93 pts.
The 2017 Chardonnay Willamette Valley was barrel fermented with 75% malolactic fermentation, and it aged in about 30% new oak. It has inviting scents of poached pears and red apple skin with notes of white blossoms, white peach, cheese rind and oyster shell. The palate is light to medium-bodied with a lightly rounded texture and a good core of fruit lifted by juicy acidity, finishing long, clean and refreshing. A restrained but approachable style of Chardonnay.
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 91 pts.
The winery is now part of the Jackson Family group. It’s 100% barrel fermented and still wound up tight, so decanting will be helpful. Crisp apple fruit, fresh as can be, is wrapped in accents of toasted hazelnut.
- Wine Enthusiast, 90 pts.
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