The late Jess Jackson and his wife Barbara Banke know a thing or two about crafting world-class California Chardonnay. Between starting Kendall-Jackson in the 1970's and expanding wineries like Cambria, La Crema, Arrowood, and Freemark Abbey, there are few people who have never had a Chardonnay from the Jackson Family. In 1995, they established Stonestreet high above the Alexander Valley in the Mayacamas Mountain Range, destined to be one of the greatest vineyard sites of all time. The vineyards eventually passed to Jess's son Christopher "Stonestreet" Jackson who is pushing it forward with an ever-deepening understanding of this awe-inspiring estate. With prices for top notch California Chardonnay fetching record prices, it's amazing to find a wine of this calier for under $30 a bottle. Don't miss it!
"Rich nose of vanilla crème brûlée then focused but generous flavours of yellow apple, plum and banana giving sunshine and warmth. A light touch of reductive winemaking gives a struck match and gunsmoke character to the finish, elegantly balancing the rich fruit." Decanter Magazine, 94 Points
"From grapes grown between 400 and 1,800-feet elevation, this impressive white overdelivers on its price point, showcasing the beauty of the site. Graham cracker, honeycomb and stone fruit contribute to a rich midpalate of complex concentration and length, finishing balanced and bright in underlying acidity. Editor's Choice." The Wine Enthusiast, 94 Points
"The 2018 Chardonnay Estate is a blend of various blocks on the estate. Not surprisingly, it is a beautifully balanced, harmonious wine. Lemon confit, sage, mint, white flowers and tangerine oil all meld together in the glass. The Estate captures all the natural breadth and texture of this site, but in a smaller-scaled style vis-a-vis the single block bottlings." Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media 93 Points