Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Grand Reserve California 2012

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Lush tropical fruit intertwines with lemon,lime and floral notes. Elegantly layered, this wine exhibits a rich texture and firm backbone with a hint of vanilla and spice to round out the long finish. The 2012 vintage in Santa Barbara and Monterey was very close to perfect, and high quality grapes were the norm in almost every block we harvested.

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Kendall-Jackson:
  Jess Stonestreet Jackson, founder of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, was a legend in the wine industry. Thanks to his dedication and skill, he popularized Chardonnay in the United States, with the best-selling Chardonnay in America for over 20 years. In 1983, just one year after he founded Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, his Chardonnay won the first double Platinum Award ever given by... Read more
  Jess Stonestreet Jackson, founder of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, was a legend in the wine industry. Thanks to his dedication and skill, he popularized Chardonnay in the United States, with the best-selling Chardonnay in America for over 20 years. In 1983, just one year after he founded Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, his Chardonnay won the first double Platinum Award ever given by the American Wine Competition. Jackson passed away on April 21, 2011, at the age of 81, leaving behind the highest-selling brand of “super-premium” wine in the United States. In 1974, Jess Jackson and his wife, Jane Kendall, purchased and converted a pear and walnut orchard in Lakeport, California into a vineyard. In 1982, a downturn in the grape market discouraged Jackson from selling grapes, so he took the opportunity to create his own winery, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates. This was a wise decision, since today, with 14,000 acres across California’s Sonoma County and numerous distinctions, Kendall-Jackson is one of the most successful wineries in America. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Grand Reserve California

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 01/24/2012

Not much going on on the nose here. Dried lemon fruit is backed up with notes of vanilla, dried ginger and a curious cherry note. This is a little sweet on entry, though it is full and soft with plenty of acidity to help keep things fresh and in balance. The palate is all lemon and creamy with hints of peach and buttered popcorn adding complexity. Fading rather quickly on the modest finish which ends on some spicy, raw wood notes. This is kind of flashy but lacks a little substance. 86pts


Member Reviews for Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Grand Reserve California

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Snooth User: RandyFisher
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 09/30/2013

Very average. Nothing about this wine really sticks out.


Snooth User: JustSayin
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2.00 5
Vintage: 2010 12/22/2012

Too 'in your face' flavors in the body for me. Others may enjoy the boldness...I'm learning that I prefer subtleness


Snooth User: jcollura
110520559
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 06/09/2012

Three glasses


Snooth User: zufrieden
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 05/13/2012

This Kendall-Jackson GR has a crowd-pleasing (and therefore seductive) air of toasty vanilla and apple on the nose. The entry is clean and smooth indicative of a well-made, meticulously crafted product that purposely seeks a wide appeal through reasonable pricing and "survey-validated" taste profile. There is some elegance here and very good value.


Snooth User: ff1959
38435128
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 02/20/2013

Average Chard, almost oakless. There are several better grocery store wines at this price-point. Not recommended for cooking.


Snooth User: lawrencet1
7214941
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 05/14/2011

If you want a big Chardonnay, this is a great one.


Snooth User: hcoupe
85649213
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 06/09/2011

Three glasses


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External Reviews for Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Grand Reserve California

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/20/2014

Deftly balanced, offering creamy oak notes, with touches of ripe pear, butterscotch and baked apple. A pleasant spiciness shows on the finish. Drink now.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/29/2014

Lush tropical fruit intertwines with lemon, lime and floral notes. Elegantly layered, this wine exhibits a rich texture and firm backbone with a hint of vanilla and spice to round out the long finish. - Randy Ullom, Winemaster


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/20/2014

Lots of oaky flavors mark this dry wine. Buttered toast, brown butter and vanilla flavors dominate the underlying peach, pear, citrus and mango flavors.


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
12/12/2014

Kendall-Jackson's incredible Chardonnay from their prime vineyards in the Central Coast never fails to deliver. The 2012 Grand Reserve Chardonnay is a blend of equal parts Santa Barbara and Monterey fruit, 100% Chardonnay was aged 9 months in primarily French oak, and was put through 100% barrel and malolactic fermentation with lots of lees stirring. Robert Parker scored the 2012 91 points saying "The 2012 Chardonnay Grand Reserve (200,000 cases produced) is composed of Monterey and Santa Barbara fruit that spent nine months in largely French oak as well as smaller quantities of American wood. One-third is new, and this cuvee is put through full malolactic fermentation as opposed to the other Chardonnays where it is generally partially or completely blocked. Copious quantities of tropical fruits, pineapples, mangoes, apricot marmalade and honeyed citrus are found in this clean white that finishes with good acidity and a distant minerality. It was the only Chardonnay in this tasting that revealed a touch of oak." Grab it while it's On Sale!


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 07/31/2013

Elegant and tropical with hints of lemon oil essence, key lime and yellow grapefruit, joined by notes of pineapple and mango. Lushly layered and viscous with a firm acidity and creamy texture. - Winery


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2011 01/22/2014

America’s favorite Chardonnay, in Reserve! A slightly drier, more elegant style than the classic Vintner’s series, the Grand Estates still showcases the heavy-handed oak and fresh tropical fruit that are hallmarks of the variety.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 05/29/2014

Elegant and tropical with hints of lemon oil essence, key lime and yellow grapefruit, joined by notes of pineapple and mango. Lushly layered and viscous with a firm acidity and creamy texture. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


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Lush tropical fruit intertwines with lemon,lime and floral notes. Elegantly layered, this wine exhibits a rich texture and firm backbone with a hint of vanilla and spice to round out the long finish. The 2012 vintage in Santa Barbara and Monterey was very close to perfect, and high quality grapes were the norm in almost every block we harvested.

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