Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay California Grand Reserve 2010

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Barrel fermentation and nine months of sur lie aging in mostly small, French oak barrels contribute to the vanilla, spice and toasty aromas that complement layers of citrus, apple, and ripe, tropical fruit. Balanced acidity and a polished, supple texture create uncommon finesse to the palate and 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
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Member Reviews for Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay California Grand Reserve

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Snooth User: JustSayin
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2.00 5
12/22/2012

Too 'in your face' flavors in the body for me. Others may enjoy the boldness...I'm learning that I prefer subtleness


Snooth User: jcollura
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3.00 5
06/09/2012

Three glasses


External Reviews for Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay California Grand Reserve

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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

A very rich Chardonnay that’s creamy and smooth in the mouth. A touch of oak and lees gives weight and density to the lime and peach fruit, while brisk acidity contributes brightness. A great price for a wine of this distinction.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

The 2010 Chardonnay Grand Reserve emerges from the glass with lemon, minerals, white flowers and subtle French oak. The Grand Reserve impresses for its length and textural elegance, both of which are remarkable for a wine made on this scale. Estate owned vineyards in Santa Barbara and Monterey are the sources for the fruit. The Grand Reserve is aged in 100% French oak barrels, with 100% malolactic fermentation. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2016.


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Source: We Speak Wine
01/03/2013

The 2010 Chardonnay Grand Reserve emerges from the glass with lemon, minerals, white flowers and subtle French oak. The Grand Reserve impresses for its length and textural elegance, both of which are remarkable for a wine made on this scale. Estate owned vineyards in Santa Barbara and Monterey are the sources for the fruit. The Grand Reserve is aged in 100% French oak barrels, with 100% malolactic fermentation. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.


External Review
01/10/2013

The 2010 Chardonnay Grand Reserve emerges from the glass with lemon, minerals, white flowers and subtle French oak. The Grand Reserve impresses for its length and textural elegance, both of which are remarkable for a wine made on this scale. Estate owned vineyards in Santa Barbara and Monterey are the sources for the fruit. The Grand Reserve is aged in 100% French oak barrels, with 100% malolactic fermentation. Anticipated maturity: 2012andndash;2016.


External Review
01/10/2013

A very rich Chardonnay thatandrsquo;s creamy and smooth in the mouth. A touch of oak and lees gives weight and density to the lime and peach fruit, while brisk acidity contributes brightness. A great price for a wine of this distinction.


External Review
06/25/2014

Brooding and tannic, this Cab is hard to appreciate now. But it’s massively rich and concentrated with blackberry and cassis flavors, and the overall balance suggests aging. Drink from 2017 and beyond.


External Review
06/25/2014

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Reserve wraps around the palate with expressive dark red plums, blackberries, graphite, savory herbs and violets. Rich, layered and expressive, the 2010 stands out for its overall balance and sense of harmony. Firm tannins frame the energetic finish, but at the same time, the 2010 has no hard edges at all, which is so rare for a wine made from mountain fruit. Once again, Kendall-Jackson delivers the goods. The 2010 includes dollops of Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2013–2018.


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Barrel fermentation and nine months of sur lie aging in mostly small, French oak barrels contribute to the vanilla, spice and toasty aromas that complement layers of citrus, apple, and ripe, tropical fruit. Balanced acidity and a polished, supple texture create uncommon finesse to the palate and finish.

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