Jack’s House Chardonnay 2015
Arnold Palmer may have his tea and lemon, but Jack Nicklaus has a house Chardonnay. That’s right: Jack and Barbara Nicklaus like Chardonnay so much, they made their own. And not only did they make enough for themselves, but they made enough for all their friends and family – including you.
I’ll step back a bit. Are Jack and Barbara Nicklaus actually having us over to drink Chardonnay? No. Are they inviting us onto the back nine for a private golf lesson? Regrettably, nope.
What they have with Jack’s House is a collaboration between the famed golfer and the Terlato family, of winemaking fame. The Terlatos import a lot of famous wine the world around – Santa Margherita, Gaja, and Rammonet to name just a few. They also own Chimney Rock in Napa Valley, as well as several other California properties. Here’s how it got started:
One of the world’s best golfers met one of the world’s best winemakers one day. Probably on a beautiful golf course. And both like wine. And Jack Nicklaus has a charitable foundation. And Bill Terlato owns a winery. After a couple of glasses they decide to partner up – delicious wine, great price, and all proceeds go to the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.
Seriously, all proceeds go to the Children’s Health Care Foundation. What could make you feel better when drinking a glass of wine? All this, and the wine is luscious to boot:
Jack’s House Chardonnay opens with flavors of Bosc pear, tangerine peel and green apple. The palate is rounded and smooth, offering up a richly textured fruit driven mouth feel but with enough freshness and crisp minerality that it stays balanced and refreshing. The finish is vibrant, long and rich. It works perfectly as a cocktail to enjoy while the summer sun winds down, or as an early fall partner at the dinner table with roasted butter squash puree, salted cashews, black truffles and spit-roasted garlic-stuffed quail.
Delicious wine, great price, and an important charity. Why not crack open a bottle (or a case)?