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Award Winning Chardonnay

Visiting friends? Going to a party? Celebrating at home? Having a relationship thing? Just got home from a required work in office day? You need a glass of JL WOOD Chardonnay.

And you'll be glad you did. Our Premier won GOLD and 93 points at the 2023 Winemaker Challenge, a "blind" tasting. In the same competition, our No-oak won GOLD and 92 points. The 2021 No Oak won GOLD and 90pts at the 2023 Monterey International Wine Competition. And just this week, the 2021 Nouveau won GOLD at the Monterey Wine Festival.

At JL WOOD, Chardonnay is all we do. Our winery and farming teams are expert at combining their experience with best practices and the latest technology tools. The quality of our wine is their highest priority.

You get a superior and small batch artisan made product made in a natural style with sustainability as a key objective. We hand select and put the spotlight on the best fruit, which is an outstanding reflection of the ground and climate from where it was grown. The resulting wine is fresh, fully fermented with no added sugars, remarkable with its fullness and completes your experience with a long finish.

You'll appreciate the difference from ordinary and want another sip.

Buy direct from a specialist producer. With free delivery to your door and no fees or surcharges. You just pay sales taxes applicable to your location. Great discounts for orders of four bottles or more.

And don't miss our reduced alcohol offering, Hoo Knew. A quality Chardonnay with 80 calories per 5 ounce serving. A tasty wine to complement your lifestyle.

Our family has owned and farmed the same land for over 100 years in one of the premier coastal areas of California, the Arroyo Seco of Monterey County. It's one of the best kept secrets in the wine business with great soils, sunny days, and ocean breeze cooled nights. This ideal climate brings out the best in Chardonnay, naturally.

We make the wine ourselves in Oakville, just north of the City of Napa.

Modern style. Made by experts. Minimally processed. Planet friendly. Sustainably produced using the latest techniques and tools. Support our efforts: Join our Planet Friendly Wine Club (Subscribe below).

Always drink responsibly.

Your vintners: Paul & Carol Morrison

Trade inquiries: Retailers, restaurants and distributors . . . please email

Hoo Knew Chardonnay Arroyo Seco 2021


Only 80 calories per 5 oz serving. Alcohol reduced by light touch enhanced “spinning cone” technology. A more laid back fruit profile. 9.7% ALC/VOL

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No-Oak Chardonnay Arroyo Seco 2021


Bright fruit and citrus flavors with our signature long finish. The fruit is the star. GOLD, 90pts Monterey International Wine Competition. GOLD and 92 points at the Winemakers' Challenge. 14.3% ALC/VOL

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Nouveau Chardonnay Arroyo Seco 2021


Nouveau is a different, rare, and exciting take on Chardonnay, enabled by its youth. The wine style is unique, bold, and with bright acidity. 14.3% ALC/VOL

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Premier Chardonnay Arroyo Seco 2021


Superb balance with signature long finish. Fruit is layered with background notes of vanillin, spice, and toasted oak. GOLD and 93 points at the Winemakers' Challenge. 14.3% ALC/VOL

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Vintage Updates

2021 was a great year at the JL Wood Ranch in the Arroyo Seco AVA, about 38 miles inland from Monterey Bay and 22 miles east of Big Sur.

2022 started out great but with a crop reducing frost and reduced rainfall. And then we had the infamous California heat dome, an unprecedented period of high heat. We have an outstanding Premier, which will be bottled in July 2023. We decided that the no-oak wine that we have will be made available in our more affordable "Logo" label.

2023 is off to a roaring start . . . bud-break was three weeks early and growth is strong. Thanks to high levels of soil moisture, we haven't had to start irrigation, which is a welcome change from prior years.

A Modern

A Modern

Edward Filice works by asking a simple question: "How do I create the best wine with these grapes?". Instead of relying on the many acceptable additives used in the industry, Ed is intimately involved in the choices we make in the vineyard, tasting grapes before harvest, and testing juice fresh from the press. No sugar, grape concentrate, or colorants.

You can rely upon his experience. Ed has done pioneering and award winning work in several California wine regions. We are lucky to have him.


Questions, Comments?

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