Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay California Grand Reserve 2009

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Delectable tropical fruit intertwines with grapefruit, lemon and candied lime peel. Elegantly layered, this wine exhi...

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Not much going on on the nose here. Dried lemon fruit is backed up with notes of vanilla, dried ginger and a curious cherry note. This is a little ... Read more

If you want a big Chardonnay, this is a great one. Read more

It exhibits a light green/gold color, and plenty of rich, textured, ripe, honeyed fruit (citrus and pears), butter, and mineral characteristics. Wi... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay California Grand Reserve

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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3.00 5
01/24/2012

Not much going on on the nose here. Dried lemon fruit is backed up with notes of vanilla, dried ginger and a curious cherry note. This is a little sweet on entry, though it is full and soft with plenty of acidity to help keep things fresh and in balance. The palate is all lemon and creamy with hints of peach and buttered popcorn adding complexity. Fading rather quickly on the modest finish which ends on some spicy, raw wood notes. This is kind of flashy but lacks a little substance. 86pts


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Snooth User: lawrencet1
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4.00 5
05/14/2011

If you want a big Chardonnay, this is a great one.


External Reviews for Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay California Grand Reserve

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Source: Prime Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

It exhibits a light green/gold color, and plenty of rich, textured, ripe, honeyed fruit (citrus and pears), butter, and mineral characteristics. With excellent texture as well as subtle wood notes in the background, this refined Chardonnay, because of the cooler vintage and higher acids, displays a white Burgundy-like profile to its structure. Enjoy it over the next 2-3 years.


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Source: Prime Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

This is unquestionably one of the world's finest Chardonnay bargains. It is almost too serious for its price point. The 2005 Chardonnay Grand Reserve (primarily from Santa Barbara and Monterey fruit) spent 8 months in a combination of American and French oak, with 100% barrel fermentation. Crisp and elegant, with notes of orange marmalade and oil, a brilliant texture, outstanding purity, and a heady finish, it is bigger than the Vintner's Reserve, but remains a fine bargain. It should drink well for 2-3 years.


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Source: Prime Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Clean, with ripe, moderately rich and complex pear, fig, apple and smoky oak nuances. Finishes with a sense of elegance and polish and hints of pear and lime. Drink now through 2000.


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Source: Prime Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

One of the finest values in Chardonnay in the market is the 2006 Grand Reserve Chardonnay, which is aged 8 months in a combination of French and American oak, and put through malolactic fermentation. It is a cross-appellation blend of 55% from Monterey and 45% from Santa Barbara. Gorgeous tropical fruits, pineapple in particular, as well as honeysuckle and some floral notes jump from the glass of this pure, rich wine that exhibits subtle oak but is dominated by its fruit. It's a beauty that should drink nicely for several years. Remarkably, there are 170,000 cases of it!


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Source: Prime Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Produced from Jess Jackson's vineyards in Santa Barbara, Monterey, and Sonoma. It possesses plenty of ripe tropical fruit, medium body, more oak, but less charm than the Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, largely because of the wood component.


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Source: Prime Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

The 1998 Chardonnay Grand Reserve spends 8 months in primarily French oak, and is put through full malolactic fermentation. It is a medium to full-bodied, juicy, tropical fruit-dominated effort with nicely integrated toasty oak, decent acidity and fine purity and balance. The biggest component is Santa Barbara fruit, but there are many other sources throughout California for this blended wine.


External Review
Source: Prime Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Ripe and polished, with creamy pear and hints of apple and spice, turning to citrus and spicy, anise-tinged oak. Drink now through 2001.


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Ratings & Tags for Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay California Grand Reserve

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06/09/2011

Winemaker's Notes:

"Readers looking for more caramelized tropical fruit and honeysuckle characteristics as well as more opulence and flesh should check out the 2009 Grand Reserve Chardonnay (a blend of equal parts Santa Barbara and Monterey fruit). This 100% Chardonnay was '

Tasting Notes:

Delectable tropical fruit intertwines with grapefruit, lemon and candied lime peel. Elegantly layered, this wine exhibits a creamy, lush texture with vanilla accents and a hint of cinnamon spice to round out the long, lingering finish.

"Readers looking for more caramelized tropical fruit and honeysuckle characteristics as well as more opulence and flesh should check out the 2009 Grand Reserve Chardonnay (a blend of equal parts Santa Barbara and Monterey fruit). This 100% Chardonnay was '

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Notes: 77% French (27% new) with the balance in American (5% new)

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Total Acidity: 0.63 grams per liter

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