2016 Jules Taylor Chardonnay Marlborough SKU #1343970


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  • Brian Fogarty
    By: Brian Fogarty
    K&L Staff Member
    It’s not often you can watch a rising star on their ascension, but purchasing modestly priced Jules Taylor’s wines will soon be part of the “good old days” conversation. Remember when you could buy her Chard for under $16? With the recent press (Feb ’17 Decanter Magazine feature) and her strong resume as Kim Crawford’s assistant winemaker many years ago, the Marlborough native is surely destined for loftier price points in the years to come; at least she deserves it! So I am putting 2 bottles in my fridge and 4 in the closet for a “summer of last hoo-rah” with her 2016 Marlborough Chard. The wine has a rich, penetrating bouquet immediately out of the glass with yellow flowers, ripe white peaches and field herbs partnered with balanced oak and malo. On the palate the wine is alive and energetic with lime-lemon citrus and a firm acidity that allows only a light kiss of oak to echo into the finish. Already an artisan, Jules Taylor has truly delivered a beautifully balanced wine that leaves you guessing and contemplating as you return for more and more.
  • Blake Conklin
    By: Blake Conklin
    K&L Staff Member
    Talk about a great bang for your buck. Perfectly balanced, not too oaky, and definitely not overwhelmingly buttery. The Jules Taylor Chardonnay is easily one of the best Chards we carry in the store for under 20 bucks. Definitely worth a whirl. I could also see this Chard pairing very well with oysters.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    Having fallen in love with the Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blancs that we have carried I should not have been surprised with how good this Chardonnay is. Cool apple with a hint of something tropical, a touch of spice and something else that I cannot pin down. It is medium bodied with really good mouthfeel backed by crisp acidity and nice length. A chardonnay for all occasions, and all drinker old world and new.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    Chardonnay coming out of Marlborough is not a common thing to come across as the land is often utilized for the more popular Sauvignon Blanc. After tasting this wine, I find the lack of Chardonnay to be a tragedy. This wine has a great acid line from the cooler climate site, yet great richness of fruit from the long, bright sunny days of the South Island. The Southern Valleys tend to produce wines with a little more texture and richness, and while this wine possesses these qualities, it is not in any way cloying or sweet. It is bright, fresh, with just a hint of texture from oak. This is a great value for such a rare find and most definitely a Chardonnay to suit any palate.


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