WA 92 WE 91 Vinous (90-92) Pts - According to Robert Parker - From a cooler climate and gravelly soils, the 2012 Chardonnay Jackson Estate Camelot Highlands comes from 40-year-old, ungrafted vines, is 100% barrel-fermented and aged eight months in 52% new French oak. Abundant aromas of tropical fruits, an opulent, exotic personality, huge richness, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, good acidity and surprising length suggest a Chardonnay that could easily sell at twice the price.
According to Wine Enthusiast - Cellar Selection! - Lemon butter, apple pie crust and hazelnut are first to the aroma party on this carefully crafted Jackson family offering from a vineyard about 400 feet up in limestone-dotted soils. On the palate, strong but integrated acidity carries the myriad citrus, apple and spice flavors to completion.
According to Antonio Galloni - The 2012 Chardonnay Jackson Estate Camelot Highlands is very pretty. Almonds, hazelnuts, orange peel and apricot notes all meld together in the glass. The Camelot Highland is at once layered and also vibrant in the glass.
According to Stephen Tanzer - Bright yellow-gold. Intense peach and melon scents are sharpened by notes of lemon zest and minerals. Pliant and broad but lively too, offering sappy pit and orchard fruit flavors that pick up a spicy nuance with air. Finishes smooth, warm and long, with repeating peachiness. These vines are planted on their own roots and went into the ground in 1971, which makes them extremely old for California chardonnay. 14.5% ABV.