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2014 Ken Volk Chardonnay "Jaybird"

Winery: Ken Volk

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Jaybird"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Region: Santa Maria Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $20

Cases produced: 742

KWG Score: 89 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: March 29, 2017

Wine Review: This light yellow colored Unoaked Chardonnay from the Santa Maria Valley is very nice. It opens with a tangerine and lemon verbena bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and a little juicy. The flavor profile is a tasty lemon verbena with notes of mild minerality. I also detected a touch of pineapple and faint hint of clementine mixed in as well. The finish is dry and it lingers nicely. This is a very food friendly and versatile Chard. I would pair it with a roasted garlic chicken. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: The 2014 Jaybird has initial aromas of Alyssum flowers, sliced pear and apple. On the palate, the flavors are more reminiscent of tropical fruit: pineapple, passion fruit and guava are complemented by a balanced and bright acidity. This wine can be enjoyed as an aperitif, or paired with cuisine that calls for more acidity such as raw fish and shellfish. Also a lovely complement to roasted, spice-rubbed chicken.

Organic status: not organic

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