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Snooth User: harrisohara

Hello Snooth!

Posted by harrisohara, May 25, 2013.

I'm trying to find out if there is any monetary value to Kendal Jackson's 1997 vintners reserve chardonnay, since I read somewhere it was a good year. 


Reply by EMark, May 26, 2013.

Welcome Harris.  Unfortunately I can't believe your wine is worth much.  Kendall-Jackson is a high-volume producer whose wines are meant for mass consumption, are, generally, not particularly distinguished and are not particularly rare.  Most of their wines, are also meant for immediate consumption on release--which in this case was probably in 1999.  So, it is unlikely that age has helped it.  Do not be taken in by the word "Reserve" on the label.  In California, there is no legal definition of the word.  So, the K-J marketing guys can stick it on pretty much indescriminantly. 

I would suggest you open it up and taste it.  If it tastes OK, go ahead and drink it quickly.  (I suspect that if it does taste OK, it will deteriorate quickly once exposed to the air.)  If it doesn't taste very good, you can use it as a vinegar replacement in meat marinades.

Reply by GregT, May 26, 2013.

What emark said. If it has been stored well, it's probably pretty good. 

BTW, a "good" year doesn't mean the wine will age at all. In 1997 in Napa, it was pretty warm and those wines were good out of the chute. A lot of them aren't holding up all that well though. I'd drink that wine now and if you don't like it, it's going to be fine for cooking.

Reply by harrisohara, May 30, 2013.

Thanks for the info on the chardonay, I'll use it to have a toast to summer and school/teacher break..yeah!!

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