Editorial Reviews for Kendall-Jackson Cabernet Special Select Vintners Reserve
Lots of dill and vanilla on the nose covers up some of the detail of the raspberry jam undertones. This is soft and smooth with super polished tannins and low acidity lending this a bit of mouth-filling richness. Though not sticky, this does lack some freshness, delivering ripe cherry and plum flavors wrapped in soft, creamy chocolate and cinnamon spiced nuances. A wine of texture more than flavor, easy to drink and a safe bet for a holiday gift. 86pts
This is one of those "Smells like walking into a Cinnabon" wines. Pure buttered/glazed strudel or pastry aroma. This wine is pretty sweet, and very fruity. Not much Cinnabon in the actual flavor, just mostly fruit and sweetness. Although it was a little bit buttery, and there was some vanilla. Don't take the fact that I am not rating it highly, as saying it's bad. It just doesn't fit my personal tastes. But if you are a fan of the buttered-pastry smelling wines. and a fan of big fruit, and some sweetness, this is a wine for you. But for me, it didn't fit the typical "Cab" profile. No big tannins to speak of. Note: this is for the "Jackson Estates" Sonoma County version
External Reviews for Kendall-Jackson Cabernet Special Select Vintners Reserve
A wonderfully good wine, especially at this price. Easily the best K-J Vintnerrsquo;s Reserve ever. Inky black, full-bodied and dry, it houses rich, complex blackberry, plum and smoky oak flavors, wrapped into finely ground, firm tannins. Run, donrsquo;t walk, to find this affordable beauty.
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Vintnerrsquo;s Reserve is another terrific wine in the Vintnerrsquo;s Reserve series. Expressive red berries, herbs, flowers and spices are some of the notes that flesh out in the glass in this polished Cabernet. Anticipated maturity: 2012ndash;2015.
'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
Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet is amazing because of the value it offers at the price. Considering the huge case production, it is astonishing that they can produce a wine with hallmark Cabernet character.
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Reserve explodes from the glass with black fruit, grilled herbs, licorice, smoke and tar. The Grand Reserve reveals tons of energy and exceptional overall balance. In 2009 the blend is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, all from the Alexander Mountain Estate Vineyard. Anticipated maturity: 2012andndash;2016.
This supple, graceful red shows medium-weight currant, mineral, black licorice and spice notes. Well-proportioned, ending clean and pure. Drink now through 2018.
"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". -Randy Ullom, WinemasterAppellation: Sonoma CountyGrowing Region:85% Sonoma County7.5% Mendocino County7.5% Napa CountyComposition:88% Cabernet Sauvignon8.9% Cabernet Franc1.7% Petit Verdot1.1% Merlot.3% MalbecAlcohol: 13.7%T.A.: 0.57/100mlpH: 3.67