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Kendall-Jackson Merlot Vintner's Reserve California 2011

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Intricate layers of black cherry, plum, currant, and wild berry mingle with a hint of spice. The soft, delicate tannins of this Bordeaux varietal carry these aromas and flavors to a long lingering finish."Black cherry, currant and red cherry flavors with background notes of violet, chocolate and cedar. Textured and graceful on the palate with finegrained tannins conveying gorgeous fruit through a lengthy finish. The wine is smooth and the tannins are refined and elegant, in true Merlot character." - Randy Ullom, Winemaster

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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 Merlot Vintner's Reserve California

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,441
2.00 5
07/17/2013

Syrah, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah Sweet and oaky on the nose and yet at the same time this offers up lovely notes of herb inflected raspberry fruit framed but note of bitter greens and tarragon and mint. A bit heavy in the mouth but smooth as felt without a hint of either tannin nor acid present in the mouth. A bit heavy but not chewy, this does deliver plenty of gently spiced black cherry, earthy plum and slightly meaty flavors with a hint of black olive on the palate. The finish is a bit short and does turn a bit chewy and extracted. I can see the appeal here, it’s a remarkably smooth and easy drinking wine with an attractive flavor profile and reasonable complexity but it does lack some life in the mouth and particularly on the finish which has an underlying bitterness. 82pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,441
4.10 5
07/17/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: BRUNOHOEPERS
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0.00 5
07/27/2013

$13.99


External Reviews for Kendall-Jackson Merlot Vintner's Reserve California

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
12/06/2013

'Intense wild berry and mocha flavors are accented by black cherry, currant and anise notes. Well structured, yet subtle tannins create a luxuriously smooth mouthfeel followed by a complex, rich and elegant finish.' - Randy Ullom, Winemaster


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Source: We Speak Wine
01/07/2014

Intricate layers of black cherry, plum, currant, and wild berry mingle with a hint of spice. The soft, delicate, elegant tannins of this Bordeaux varietal carry these aromas and flavors to a long lingering finish. - -Randy Ullom, WinemasterGrowing Regions:86% Sonoma County14% Mendocino CountyComposition:94.6% Merlot3.8% Malbec0.7% Cabernet Sauvignon0.5% Cabernet Franc0.3% Petite Verdot0.1% CarménèreAlcohol: 13.5%T.A.: 0.56/100mlpH: 3.57


External Review
01/01/2014

Intricate layers of black cherry, plum, currant, and wild berry mingle with a hint of spice. The soft, delicate tannins of this Bordeaux varietal carry these aromas and flavors to a long lingering finish.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
07/29/2015

Intricate layers of black cherry, plum, currant, and wild berry mingle with a hint of spice. The soft, delicate, elegant tannins of this Bordeaux varietal carry these aromas and flavors to a long lingering finish. - - Randy Ullom, Winemaster Growing Regions: 86% Sonoma County 14% Mendocino County Composition: 94.6% Merlot 3.8% Malbec 0.7% Cabernet Sauvignon 0.5% Cabernet Franc 0.3% Petite Verdot 0.1% Carménère Alcohol: 13.5% T.A.: 0.56/100ml pH: 3.57



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Intricate layers of black cherry, plum, currant, and wild berry mingle with a hint of spice. The soft, delicate tannins of this Bordeaux varietal carry these aromas and flavors to a long lingering finish."Black cherry, currant and red cherry flavors with background notes of violet, chocolate and cedar. Textured and graceful on the palate with finegrained tannins conveying gorgeous fruit through a lengthy finish. The wine is smooth and the tannins are refined and elegant, in true Merlot character." - Randy Ullom, Winemaster

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