Kendall-Jackson Merlot Bennett Valley Highland Estates Taylor Peak 2006

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Concentrated, black extracted deep dark fruit. Dense chocolate and Bing cherry characteristics.

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This wasn't quite what I was expecting in a Merlot. Perhaps I am too accustomed to the Washington Merlot. The nose was really tight when the bott... Read more

Berry and cherry flavors but not too heavy or syrupy. Read more

Dense, rich, heavy, tasty. Plumb and blackberry flavors with hints of leather and spice. a good value for the quality of the experience. Read more

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Snooth User: Lucha Vino
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3.00 5
04/04/2011

This wasn't quite what I was expecting in a Merlot. Perhaps I am too accustomed to the Washington Merlot. The nose was really tight when the bottle was first opened. Red berry, a bit of earth and spice on the nose with a palate of sweet cherry, some tobacco, spice and a dry finish. After about an hour I was expecting the wine to open up, but it actually seemed to close down and show more tartness on the palate and the finish is really dry with a predominant cherry pit characteristic.


Snooth User: Frozen North
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4.00 5
04/29/2010

Berry and cherry flavors but not too heavy or syrupy.


Snooth User: Vineboy
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4.00 5
10/04/2009

Dense, rich, heavy, tasty. Plumb and blackberry flavors with hints of leather and spice. a good value for the quality of the experience.


External Reviews for Kendall-Jackson Merlot Bennett Valley Highland Estates Taylor Peak

External Review
11/26/2009

RP: 87 Points


External Review
08/27/2011

Black plum, boysenberry, and cherry flavors dance amongst the violet, chocolate and cedar notes. This wine is smooth and the tannins are refined and round. In true Merlot character, this wine caresses the mouth and lingers beyond each sip.


External Review
11/26/2009

RP: 89 Points


External Review
05/18/2011

The 2002 Grand Reserve Merlot, produced from Mendocino and Sonoma fruit, is better than the Vintner's Reserve effort, displaying more chocolate, mocha, and berry fruit, medium body, and a straightforward finish that possesses good power and depth.


External Review
05/18/2011

A first-rate Merlot at a good price for the quality. Dry and complex, with a soft, velvety texture, this supple wine features blackberry, red cherry, cocoa and sweet dried herb flavors, finished with toasty oak.


External Review
05/18/2011

A wine that should rekindle consumer interest in Merlot is the 2006 Grand Reserve Merlot. Plenty of seductive, chocolaty, black cherry, and berry fruit emerge from this deep ruby/purple-hued, medium to full-bodied, 100% Merlot. With good depth, a silky texture, and a heady finish, it should drink well for a decade or more.


External Review
05/18/2011

This is a tremendously rich Merlot, made from top Sonoma vineyards. Dry and tannic, it has potent flavors of cherries, blackberries, currants and cedar. Could develop in the bottle through 2012 with careful cellaring.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Wonderful plum, spice, currant and wild berry flavors. The soft tannins of this Bordeaux varietal carry these aromas and flavors to a long lingering finish — one that beckons for another sip, or better...a glass!

Tasting Notes:

Concentrated, black extracted deep dark fruit. Dense chocolate and Bing cherry characteristics.

Wonderful plum, spice, currant and wild berry flavors. The soft tannins of this Bordeaux varietal carry these aromas and flavors to a long lingering finish — one that beckons for another sip, or better...a glass!

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560 cases produced.

Notes: 33% new, with medium to heavy toast finish

Chemical Analysis:

Total Acidity: 0.57 grams per liter

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