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Kendall Grand Reserve Merlot 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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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

External Reviews for Kendall Grand Reserve Merlot

11/20/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

The 2007 Grand Reserve Merlot, also from Sonoma, is a slightly bigger wine with similar character but more density and more fruit.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

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.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/24/2011

"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


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

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.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/20/2011

Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot Sonoma County 2007 750ML


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

A first-rate Merlot at a good price for the quality. Dry and complex, with a soft, velvety texture, this supple wine features blackberry, red cherry, cocoa and sweet dried herb flavors, finished with toasty oak.


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Tasting Notes:

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

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.

Notes: 37% new

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 0.56 grams per liter

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