These three AVANT wines from Kendall-Jackson are delicious and easy-drinking. They deliver excellent aromas and flavors through to the finish and at terrific prices. They are also terrific food wines.
Avant 2013 Sauvignon Blanc California ($13) 89 The Avant Sauvignon Blanc is an easy-drinking wine offering fragrant aromas of citrus and herbs. On the palate it displays fresh ripe fruit flavors with good intensity, excellent balance and a crisp finish.
Avant 2013 Chardonnay California ($17) 88 The Avant Chardonnay is fresh and crisp with lightly toasted oak on the nose. Fermented in stainless steel and aged in neutral oak, it is medium weight and has good mouth feel, ripe and concentrated melon fruit, and a moderately long and tart finish.
Avant 2012 Red Blend California ($17) 89+ This red blend is composed of 61% Merlot, 15% Syrah, 10% Malbec and small amounts of other varieties. It is rich and fruit forward with flavors of raspberry and plum and a hint of toast. Aged 9 months in French and American oak (11% new), it is round and silky on the palate with excellent acidity, soft tannins and a long finish. Delicious.