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by Fred McMillin
for November 17, 1997
A Dilly From Chile
Jess Jackson has been on a tear the last 18 months buying wineries and vineyards, signing top talent, and launching new brands... including a line of Chilean wines.
..."Wine Spectator," July 31,1995
"Kendall-Jackson's Calina wines are destined to establish Chile as a top quality contender in the world marketplace."
- Randy Ullom, Director of International Winemaking for Kendall-Jackson, August, 1997
The Rest of the Story: Among the top talent Jess Jackson signed was Randy Ullom, who started his wine career in Chile over 20 years ago while visiting during a break from college. Back in the USA he completed his wine science studies at Ohio State University, managed eastern vineyards for six years, and ultimately rose to Vice President-Winemaking at the award-winning De Loach Winery in California. But who could resist the opportunity to join Kendall-Jackson and return to your first love, winegrowing in Chile...particularly when charged with raising the country's wines to new heights. and he is clearly on his way.
My tasters just tried his '96 Calina Chardonnay, made with all the bells and whistles modern technology can provide... fruit from two different microclimates...canopy management for optimum sun exposure...cluster thinning to reduce yields and increase flavor...barrel fermentation (40%)...top quality French oak... lees (sediment) contact to add richness...etc. The biggest suprise: about 0.6% sugar, not enough to taste sweet, but enough to add body. (Kendall-Jackson first fame came from some sugar in their Chardonnay.) This is a pioneering wine...and best of all, you can try it for only $9.50.
Postscript:—The Name Game
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