Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Grand Reserve California 2012
Lush tropical fruit intertwines with lemon,lime and floral notes. Elegantly layered, this wine exhibits a rich texture and firm backbone with a hint of vanilla and spice to round out the long finish. The 2012 vintage in Santa Barbara and Monterey was very close to perfect, and high quality grapes were the norm in almost every block we harvested.
Editorial Reviews for Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Grand Reserve California
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
Very average. Nothing about this wine really sticks out.
Too 'in your face' flavors in the body for me. Others may enjoy the boldness...I'm learning that I prefer subtleness
This Kendall-Jackson GR has a crowd-pleasing (and therefore seductive) air of toasty vanilla and apple on the nose. The entry is clean and smooth indicative of a well-made, meticulously crafted product that purposely seeks a wide appeal through reasonable pricing and "survey-validated" taste profile. There is some elegance here and very good value.
Average Chard, almost oakless. There are several better grocery store wines at this price-point. Not recommended for cooking.
If you want a big Chardonnay, this is a great one.
External Reviews for Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Grand Reserve California
Lush tropical fruit intertwines with lemon, lime and floral notes. Elegantly layered, this wine exhibits a rich texture and firm backbone with a hint of vanilla and spice to round out the long finish. - Randy Ullom, Winemaster
Lots of oaky flavors mark this dry wine. Buttered toast, brown butter and vanilla flavors dominate the underlying peach, pear, citrus and mango flavors.
Kendall-Jackson's incredible Chardonnay from their prime vineyards in the Central Coast never fails to deliver. The 2012 Grand Reserve Chardonnay is a blend of equal parts Santa Barbara and Monterey fruit, 100% Chardonnay was aged 9 months in primarily French oak, and was put through 100% barrel and malolactic fermentation with lots of lees stirring. Robert Parker scored the 2012 91 points saying "The 2012 Chardonnay Grand Reserve (200,000 cases produced) is composed of Monterey and Santa Barbara fruit that spent nine months in largely French oak as well as smaller quantities of American wood. One-third is new, and this cuvee is put through full malolactic fermentation as opposed to the other Chardonnays where it is generally partially or completely blocked. Copious quantities of tropical fruits, pineapples, mangoes, apricot marmalade and honeyed citrus are found in this clean white that finishes with good acidity and a distant minerality. It was the only Chardonnay in this tasting that revealed a touch of oak." Grab it while it's On Sale!
Deftly balanced, offering creamy oak notes, with touches of ripe pear, butterscotch and baked apple. A pleasant spiciness shows on the finish. Drink now.
Elegant and tropical with hints of lemon oil essence, key lime and yellow grapefruit, joined by notes of pineapple and mango. Lushly layered and viscous with a firm acidity and creamy texture. - Winery
America’s favorite Chardonnay, in Reserve! A slightly drier, more elegant style than the classic Vintner’s series, the Grand Estates still showcases the heavy-handed oak and fresh tropical fruit that are hallmarks of the variety.
Kendall-Jackson’s 2011 Chardonnay Grand Reserve caresses the palate with dried pears, flowers and sweet spices. Next to the other 2011 Chardonnays in the range, the Grand Reserve places more emphasis on depth, structure and richness. An expressive, caressing finish rounds things out very nicely. The 2011 is made from Santa Barbara and Monterey County fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2013–2016.
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