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Kendall-Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon Vintner's Reserve 2012

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Aromas of lush black cherry, blackberry and cassis draw you in. Round and rich tannins pr ovide a robust backbone and supple mid-palate. Notes of cedar, vanilla and a hint of mocha linger on the 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-Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon Vintner's Reserve

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/04/2014

Aromas of lush black cherry, blackberry and cassis draw you in. Round and rich tannins provide a robust backbone and supple mid-palate. Notes of cedar, vanilla and a hint of mocha linger on the finish. Randy Ullom, WinemasterGrowing Region:89% Sonoma County10% Mendocino County1% Napa CountyComposition:87% Cabernet Sauvignon5 % Cabernet Franc4 % Petit Verdot3% Merlot1 % MalbecAlcohol: 13.5%T.A.: 0.56/100mlpH: 3.68


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/11/2014

Tasting Notes: Aromas of lush, bright black cherry, blackberry and cassis draw you in. Round, rich, seamless tannins provide a robust backbone and supple mid-palate. Notes of cedar, vanilla and a hint of mocha linger on the finish. — Randy Ullom, Winemaster Key Points: • Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are blended with Merlot for softness, Cabernet Franc for tannins, and Petit Verdot to enhance the mouthfeel. • Sonoma County mountain and hillside vineyards add black cherry flavors and superb wine structure. • Mendocino County mountain vineyards impart wild blackberry, cassis and mocha flavors. • Aged 8 months in French (52%) and American (32%) oak barrels for a wine that is rich and round. • Artisan winemaking techniques, such as cold soaking and extended maceration were used to enhance and simultaneously soften the tannins, deepen the color and intensify the flavors. • The coolness of the 2012 vintage enhances the elegance. Growing Region: 91% Sonoma County 9% Mendocino County Composition: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot 1% Merlot Alcohol: 13.5% T.A.: 0.56/100ml pH: 3.71


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
07/29/2015

I tasted seven separate Cabernet Sauvignons from Kendall-Jackson. The least expensive wine (now up to $30.00 a bottle, and all from Sonoma) is their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Vintner’s Reserve. They obviously made a choice to go with higher-quality vineyards that raise the price. This is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (92.7%, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Syrah, Tannat and Malbec). Not a lot of new oak is used, although nearly two-thirds of it is French and the rest American. This is probably the best Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon I’ve ever tasted. Sweet black cherries, blackcurrants, licorice, forest floor and subtle barrique notes are followed by a succulent, fleshy, medium-bodied wine loaded with fruit and velvety tannins. This wine will drink well, and possibly even improve, over the next 8–10 years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
07/29/2015

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Vintner’s Reserve is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years. Grilled herbs, cedar, new leather and dark red stone fruits add nuance on the soft, supple finish.


External Review
12/08/2014

'Opens with deep black cherry, blackberry and cassis flavors. Intense, round and well-structured tannins provide a strong backbone throughout the middle. Cedar and vanilla notes linger on the finish, beckoning another sip.' - Randy Ullom, Winemaster


External Review
02/16/2015

Aromas of lush black cherry, blackberry and cassis draw you in. Round and rich tannins pr ovide a robust backbone and supple mid-palate. Notes of cedar,vanilla and a hint of mocha linger on the finish.



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Aromas of lush black cherry, blackberry and cassis draw you in. Round and rich tannins pr ovide a robust backbone and supple mid-palate. Notes of cedar, vanilla and a hint of mocha linger on the finish.

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