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Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay Monterrey & Santa Barbara Counties 2009

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"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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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

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

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,072
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


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

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Snooth User: zufrieden
2593863,866
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
7214941
4.00 5
05/14/2011

If you want a big Chardonnay, this is a great one.


Snooth User: hcoupe
85649213
3.00 5
06/09/2011

Three glasses


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

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

The 2002 Grand Reserve Chardonnay exhibits good balance between its fruit and oak. It offers notes of tropical fruits and orange marmalade along with medium body as well as good purity and ripeness.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
08/27/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

The 2008 Chardonnay Grand Reserve, which comes from their vineyards in Monterey and Santa Barbara, is a richer, fuller wine with loads of tropical fruit and honeysuckle. It is crisp, full-bodied, and again, an impressive wine to drink over the next several years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

A blend of Santa Barbara, Monterey and Sonoma in true K-J style, and very good in a generic sort of way. What it lacks in terroir it makes up for in flamboyantly ripe fruit. Impresses for its lush, creamy texture, layers of smoky oak and long, spicy finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Produced from Jess Jackson's vineyards in Santa Barbara, Monterey, and Sonoma. It possesses plenty of ripe tropical fruit, medium body, more oak, but less charm than the Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, largely because of the wood component.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
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
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
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.


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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 '

Notes: 77% French (27% new) with the balance in American (5% new)

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 0.63 grams per liter

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