Tasting Notes: Green Apple, Lemon, Stone Fruit, Mineral
Ian and Heather Brand began their family winery with pennies and a dream in 2007 while working in the cellars, vineyards and management of other wineries. In 2008, they moved to Salinas in Monterey County so Ian could focus on the winery. In 2018, Ian was named the San Francisco Chronicle Winemaker of the Year.
The Jack's Hill Chardonnay is from the small La Belle Rose Vineyard planted on iron oxide granite soil. The climate here on the east side of the Salinas Valley is cool, allowing for retention of acidity in the grapes as they slowly ripen and develop their flavor. Very Chablis-like, this fresh Chardonnay has very little noticeable oak. Flavors of lemon curd, stone fruit, green apple, and chalky minerality are complimented by nuances of fresh sea air, Meyer lemon and hints of brioche. Try this food friendly Chardonnay with cedar plank grilled salmon, simple roasted chicken, pan-fried flounder or grilled lobster tail.