2010 Kesner - Chardonnay Alder Springs 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

Bright yellow. Poached pear, honey, chamomile and vanilla on the perfumed nose and in the mouth. Lush and open-knit initially but becomes nervier with air, offering pliant orange and pear flavors and a hint of chalky minerality. Offers a suave blend of richness and vivacity and clings with spicy persistence.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 168

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Average rating: 90, based on 1 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

32 bottles owned by 7 collectors.

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About This Producer


As Vineyard Manager for Lee Hudson's "grand cru" property in the Carneros region of Napa Valley, Jason Kesner is closely connected to the natural production of world-class Chardonnay. Several years ago he began producing a Hudson-designated Chardonnay under the Kesner label. Since the inception, this small, 500-case production brand has set the standard for this amazing property. Kesner recently departed from Hudson to begin working with Russian River legend Steve Kistler.

Wine Varietal: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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