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Review: Jac Cole Oak Fermented Chardonnay 2014

Jac Cole Oak Fermented

ABC – Anything But Chardonnay. That was me, until about a year ago. When I started my wine journey in the mid-1990’s, Big Oaky was king of Chardonnay. Just about everything coming out of California and many other regions was essentially oak juice, mixed with a little bit of fruit. A very popular style, to be sure, and it remains popular for some today, just not for me. So I abandoned Chardonnay, thinking that’s just what it tastes like. I prefer my whites with little or no oak. Don’t get me wrong, I like big oak in my wine…full-bodied red wine. As a newbie back then, I didn’t understand or appreciate the role oak plays in enhancing the flavor and texture of some white wines.

About a year ago I received, from NakedWines.com, a sample of Jac Cole’s Unoaked Chardonnay for review. I was astounded to discover that when left to itself, the Chardonnay grape is fruity and delicious! So I started to explore the varietal a bit more, including oaked styles. Further along in my journey now, I have a greater appreciation of the nuances, warmth, and flavors that oak brings to a finely crafted white wine.

Jac Cole Oak Fermented Chardonnay 2014 is just that: a finely crafted white wine. I’ve written about Jac and his wines before. Former winemaker at Charles Krug, one of my favorite Napa Valley producers, he is a highly skilled craftsman. I also had the honor to meet him about a year ago at a picnic, and he is a truly kind, humble man. This fact makes enjoying his wines even more of a pleasure.

Open Me

Always obedient when a cork speaks to me.

Here is my review, posted on the NakedWines.com website:

Once again, Jac Cole knocks it out of the park. Once, I was an ABC’er – Anything But Chardonnay. Then I tasted Jac’s Chardonnay, and I was converted.

Straw yellow on the glass. Aromas of creamy butter and golden delicious apple. On the palate, there is apple, pear, and pineapple, with soft oak. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, with balanced acidity. On the finish there is green apple, caramel, and toasty oak, and butter.

We started well chilled, and enjoyed it as the wine warmed. Flavors emerged as the temperature increased. It is quite a complex wine. Paired with roasted chicken and butternut squash, it was magical!

Oak fermented, but not overly oaky. That’s Jac. He lets the delicious fruit of the grape shine, and allows the oak to enhance and soften.

ABC? You bet! Anything By Cole!!

4.5 out of 5 hearts

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5 thoughts on “Review: Jac Cole Oak Fermented Chardonnay 2014

  1. Mukul Manku January 26, 2016 at 7:52 pm Reply

    The tasting note reveals Oak, Lees and Malolactic Fermentation. Seems an ABC – A Beautiful Chardonnay. Nice read, enjoyed reading.

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    • Appetite for Wine January 26, 2016 at 7:54 pm Reply

      Thank you, Mukul. You are absolutely right on the process, and it truly is A Beautiful Chardonnay!

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  2. Caryn January 26, 2016 at 8:22 pm Reply

    I have noticed in just my two visits to wine country that when you have a chance to meet the winemakers and they have such a welcoming and humble personality, it makes the wine that much more enjoyable, like you said. I love Chardonnay, this sounds like a great wine.

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    • Appetite for Wine January 26, 2016 at 9:27 pm Reply

      That’s one of the main appeals for me of NakedWines.com. They encourage customers to interact directly with the winemakers on their social media platform. And living so close to Napa and Sonoma, I’ve had opportunity to meet many of them in person. Great folks, all of them!

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