Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay Monterrey & Santa Barbara Counties 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

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 ... Read more

Average Chard, almost oakless. There are several better grocery store wines at this price-point. Not recommended for cooking. Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay Monterrey & Santa Barbara Counties

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: zufrieden
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3.50 5
05/13/2012

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.


Snooth User: ff1959
38435128
3.00 5
02/20/2013

Average Chard, almost oakless. There are several better grocery store wines at this price-point. Not recommended for cooking.


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 Grand Reserve Chardonnay Monterrey & Santa Barbara Counties

External Review
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.


External Review
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!


External Review
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.


External Review
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
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.


External Review
06/22/2011

Well-oaked and buttery, but retains a lively citrus freshness. Green apples and pears fill the center while the framework is all buttered popcorn and crème brûlée.


External Review
11/09/2011

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 aged 9 months in primarily French oak, and was put through 100% barrel and malolactic fermentation with lots of lees stirring. Kendall-Jackson's Chardonnay program has always been a reference point for how to get the most out of this grape and this cuvee highlights the buttery melon, tropical fruit and peach-like characteristics of Chardonnay. It also possesses medium to full body, well-integrated wood and a long, heady, rich finish.


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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)

Chemical Analysis:

Total Acidity: 0.63 grams per liter

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