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Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay California Grand Reserve 2003

Member Review by 97mjr:

[LBK, TB] Exactly what you expect. Lacks complexity, but offers the standard qualities. Oak, pear, tropical fruit, slight acidity on the finish. Fills its niche when you are looking for a glass of wine on a subpar restaurant wine list.

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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
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Member Reviews for Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay California Grand Reserve

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Snooth User: 97mjr
339902,159
3.50 5
03/04/2009

[LBK, TB] Exactly what you expect. Lacks complexity, but offers the standard qualities. Oak, pear, tropical fruit, slight acidity on the finish. Fills its niche when you are looking for a glass of wine on a subpar restaurant wine list.


Snooth User: warzalkl
9392644
4.00 5
12/18/2008

This is a classic chardonnay - easy to find and great for parties


Snooth User: girlbiker
82442026
5.00 5
04/21/2011

The best chard by far


Snooth User: Imperial148
7865425
4.00 5
07/15/2008

A good oaky chardonnay. Crisp and clean, a great option for summer!


Snooth User: remahan
8833812
4.50 5
09/16/2008

Delicious, smooth and buttery, oaky--one of my faves.


Snooth User: Zelda Zin
3659910
4.50 5
11/29/2007

I've tried many chardonnays in this price range and nothing ever comes close to Kendall-Jackson. It's always good. It's so full-flavored, it's especially nice for sipping.


Snooth User: Wallenem
7871239
4.00 5
11/06/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay California Grand Reserve

External Review
02/24/2012

A clean, correct California Chardonnay, reliable as ever. Pear, peach and citrus flavors go down easily, buffered by graham crackery spice.


External Review
02/24/2012

The Vintnerrsquo;s Reserve series includes the 2003 Vintnerrsquo;s Reserve Chardonnay, perhaps the finest example of this cuvee yet produced. There are 1.9 million cases, and it is the same wine no matter when it is bottled. Approximately 80% comes from the estate vineyards, and, amazingly, the entire cuveacute;e is aged for 6ndash;9 months in both French and American oak. Lees stirring is done for about one month. Undeniably the best Chardonnay for the price in the marketplace, it offers notes of crushed minerals intermixed with lemon custard, orange skins, and tropical fruits. This crisp, medium-bodied, elegant, dry Chardonnay is an astonishing achievement considering the quantity produced as well as its price.


External Review
09/30/2010

KJ's most popular Chardonnay. Ripe fruit flavors and hint of oak.



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