Kendall Grand Reserve Merlot 2007
Grown on Clone 595, making this Malbec was pure joy. The vantage point at the top of Atlas Peak reinforces my theory that if a grape has a beautiful view, it will most assuredly become a good wine. Our Grand Reserve Malbec is living proof. Flowery on the nose, the color hue is a deep, dark violet that, after finishing your first glass, you'll note that it almost becomes blue. Tannins are deliciously soft with a perfect mix of blueberry and peppercorn on the palate. Medium to long finish.
External Reviews for Kendall Grand Reserve Merlot
Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. The considerable sweetness of this wine's inviting aromas is very much dependent on its fairly extravagant oak, yet the fruit that lies underneath is a touch taut and tangy and is both lifted and limited by acidity. There is a fairly good chance that a few years of smoothing will see this one relax and open, but until then it comes up short of endorsement.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.
The 2007 Grand Reserve Merlot, also from Sonoma, is a slightly bigger wine with similar character but more density and more fruit.
Very rich, ripe and dry, a Merlot with a drop of Cabernet that needs a year or two to resolve. Itrsquo;s fat and fleshy in cherries, violets, red currants and cola, with a dusting of cocoa, pepper and cinnamon. The tannins are ample, but very finely ground. Hold until 2011.
The 2002 Grand Reserve Merlot, produced from Mendocino and Sonoma fruit, is better than the Vintner's Reserve effort, displaying more chocolate, mocha, and berry fruit, medium body, and a straightforward finish that possesses good power and depth.
"Black plum, boysenberry, and cherry flavors dance amongst the violet, chocolate and cedar notes. This wine is smooth and the tannins are refined and round. In true Merlot character, this wine caresses the mouth and lingers beyond each sip." - Randy Ullom, Winemaster
A wine that should rekindle consumer interest in Merlot is the 2006 Grand Reserve Merlot. Plenty of seductive, chocolaty, black cherry, and berry fruit emerge from this deep ruby/purple-hued, medium to full-bodied, 100% Merlot. With good depth, a silky texture, and a heady finish, it should drink well for a decade or more.
Food Pairings for Kendall Grand Reserve Merlot
Black plum, boysenberry, and cherry flavors dance amongst the violet, chocolate and cedar notes. This wine is smooth and the tannins are refined and round. In true Merlot character, this wine caresses the mouth and lingers beyond each sip