Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2005
"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 "
The Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve has to be one of my favorite in-expensive white wines. Great value for a nice, crisp, dry chardonnay.
Our house wine!
A chewy oak bar with some tropical notes (pineapple). Hollow mid palate and Short sharp finish.
great chardonnay, a staple
I really love this wine. Its become a staple in my collection. Its definitely befitting a wine evening. Mildly fruity and not too dry.
External Reviews for Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay
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.
A clean, correct California Chardonnay, reliable as ever. Pear, peach and citrus flavors go down easily, buffered by graham crackery spice.
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.
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.
I have talked to many talented winemakers who have worked at Kendall-Jackson, and they are all impressed by the meticulous attention to detail and overall commitment this cuveacute;e receives. It is produced from 100% Chardonnay grown in coastal vineyards, is 100% barrel-fermented, and, as one of the winemakers pointed out, if the barrels were laid end to end, they would extend for 41 miles! The residual sugar is low, so the wine tastes essentially dry. The 2000 exhibits surprisingly good tropical fruit characteristics along with a subtle whiff of spice. Light to medium-bodied and refreshing, with admirable flavor intensity as well as texture.
Soft and light, highlighting sweet fruits and flowery aromas. Pleasant oak finishes off with lingering touches of lemon.
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.
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