Kendall Jackson Vintners Reserve Chardonnay, 2010

For a fresh and summery salade nicoise, I reached into the fridge for a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc only to discover there was nothing but chardonnay and sparkling water!  Some preparation.

 

The Kendall Jackson is a pleasant sipper, not overbearing or too rich, some minerality and acid and hints of something greater which the label would have you believe you’d find but we were at a loss.  As chardonnays go it’s versatile and, I don’t know how to put this except bluntly: Inoffensive.  It isn’t bad, it just doesn’t rise to the occasion.  But now and again it’s a handy fallback.  It was, however, absolutely the wrong wine for olives, capers, tuna, lemon Dijon dressing, etc.  With a little air and time out of the fridge there is a mellowness which makes it a tad more appealing.

 

Price: At $24 at BC Liquor, overpriced, but around $15 USD in WA, a sure bet.

 

Market Liquidity: Good effort, no podium.

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