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Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot Sonoma County 2014

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WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY: Grand Reserve is a winemaker’s blend of our mountain, ridge, hillside and benchland grapes grown along California’s cool coastal appellations. We select grapes from our best estate vineyards and then monitor, taste and guide each individual lot throughout the winemaking process. Each lot is kept separate, barrel-aged and crafted—boutique winery style. Our winemakers have an unmatched palette of avors, toast levels and terroir nuances from which they masterfully blend these exemplary rich, deep and complex wines. EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE: · 100% Jackson Estates Grown on vineyards that we own, ensuring that our precision farming methods are used and the grapes are harvested at their peak potential · Precision harvesting, de-stemming, and pressing methods are utilized so the grapes are handled in the most delicate manner possible · All our estate vineyards are certified sustainable by the CCSW (Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing) and SIP (Sustainability in Practice) programs · Pre-fermentation cold-soak adds layers of complexity by extracting a silkier tannin profile · Sonoma County mountain ridge and hillside estate fruit translates to high-toned red and black fruit, with distinct rich tannins and a soft lingering finish VINTAGE PROFILE: In 2014 we had a very pleasant growing season; it was long and certainly warm enough to ripen the fruit fully. The winemaking team loves vintages with rich fruit character and balanced acidity. COMPOSITION: 95% Merlot 4% Malbec .5% Cabernet Sauvignon .5% Petit Verdot BARREL AGING: 18 months aging in 84% French oak (11% new) and 16% American oak T.A.: 0.59g/100ml PH: 3.56 ALCOHOL: 14.5%

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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

External Reviews for Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot Sonoma County

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Source: We Speak Wine
05/08/2018

WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY: Grand Reserve is a winemaker’s blend of our mountain, ridge, hillside and benchland grapes grown along California’s cool coastal appellations. We select grapes from our best estate vineyards and then monitor, taste and guide each individual lot throughout the winemaking process. Each lot is kept separate, barrel-aged and crafted—boutique winery style. Our winemakers have an unmatched palette of avors, toast levels and terroir nuances from which they masterfully blend these exemplary rich, deep and complex wines. EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE: · 100% Jackson Estates Grown on vineyards that we own, ensuring that our precision farming methods are used and the grapes are harvested at their peak potential · Precision harvesting, de-stemming, and pressing methods are utilized so the grapes are handled in the most delicate manner possible · All our estate vineyards are certified sustainable by the CCSW (Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing) and SIP (Sustainability in Practice) programs · Pre-fermentation cold-soak adds layers of complexity by extracting a silkier tannin profile · Sonoma County mountain ridge and hillside estate fruit translates to high-toned red and black fruit, with distinct rich tannins and a soft lingering finish VINTAGE PROFILE: In 2014 we had a very pleasant growing season; it was long and certainly warm enough to ripen the fruit fully. The winemaking team loves vintages with rich fruit character and balanced acidity. COMPOSITION: 95% Merlot 4% Malbec .5% Cabernet Sauvignon .5% Petit Verdot BARREL AGING: 18 months aging in 84% French oak (11% new) and 16% American oak T.A.: 0.59g/100ml PH: 3.56 ALCOHOL: 14.5%



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