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Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

"Our Jackson Estate Grown 100% Chardonnay is bursting with tropical flavors - pineapple, mango and papaya - from Norther Santa Barbara County, citrus notes explode in your mouth from Monterey fruit, and Gala apple flavors define Sonoma County. To balance this intensity, we age the wine in small oak barrels primarily made with French oak sourced from our family's stave mill in France. I'm very proud of this wine. I hope you enjoy it. Founder, Jess S. Jackson "

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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

Member Reviews for Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay

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Snooth User: CamachoCigars
68335137
3.00 5
04/17/2008

The Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve has to be one of my favorite in-expensive white wines. Great value for a nice, crisp, dry chardonnay.


Snooth User: Bethanneq
9652790
5.00 5
12/27/2008

loved it


3.50 5
02/03/2008

Our house wine!


Snooth User: Hemingway
3052724
2.00 5
08/28/2007

A chewy oak bar with some tropical notes (pineapple). Hollow mid palate and Short sharp finish.


Snooth User: CassieKate
2822318
4.00 5
06/12/2007

great chardonnay, a staple


Snooth User: prinsessenat
2907814
4.00 5
08/26/2007

I really love this wine. Its become a staple in my collection. Its definitely befitting a wine evening. Mildly fruity and not too dry.


Snooth User: alissaisthebest
81932151
3.00 5
04/12/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay

External Review
08/25/2008

In what must be the New World's finest value in Chardonnay, there are slightly more than two million cases of the 2005 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, for the first time made completely from Jackson Estate vineyards. Eighty-five percent barrel fermented, with malolactic fermentation, this is undeniably the finest Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay K-J has yet made. A beautiful nose of orange skins, honeysuckle, and tropical fruit is followed by a medium-bodied effort with terrific fruit, good acidity, a subtle influence of wood, and a crisp finish.


External Review
05/22/2011

Tasted just after bottling, the wine was a little bottle-shocked, but should be fine by Summer 2010. Rich and creamy, with complex tropical fruit, buttered toast, lemondrop candy and honeysuckle flavors. An amazing 111,000 cases were produced.


External Review
05/22/2011

Oaky, fat and slightly sweet, with creamy flavors of pineapples, buttered popcorn and vanilla. A good approximation of a Burgundian-style California Chardonnay at a fair price.


External Review
05/22/2011

Ripe with fruity flavors, oaky, and on the sweet side, a decent everyday sipper. It tastes like a tropical fruit sorbet, with good acidity.


External Review
01/03/2012

The uniformity and consistency of this Chardonnay over the years have been amazing. The 1997 is less sweet than previous examples, revealing and attractive tropical fruit and citrusy-scented nose, good ripeness, medium body, and off-dry flavors that are nicely balanced by the winersquo;s acidity. Drink this fresh, lively Chardonnay over the next year.


External Review
01/03/2012

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
05/22/2011

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


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"Our Jackson Estate Grown 100% Chardonnay is bursting with tropical flavors - pineapple, mango and papaya - from Norther Santa Barbara County, citrus notes explode in your mouth from Monterey fruit, and Gala apple flavors define Sonoma County. To balance this intensity, we age the wine in small oak barrels primarily made with French oak sourced from our family's stave mill in France. I'm very proud of this wine. I hope you enjoy it. Founder, Jess S. Jackson "

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