Kendall-Jackson Pinot Noir Monterey County Great Estates 2011
Light bodied and very mellow. A bit of oak, strawberry and dust.
This wine purchase at their store was very good for the price. We bought a case. Few bottles left.
Really well rounded Pinot Noir. Characteristic aromas of the varietal of red fruits and flowers, lavender and a slight smell of roses. Soft to the mouth with round smooth tanins. Definitively worth it.
Deep purple color with medium intensity. Vanilla on the nose with some fruit though difficult to pick out due to an evident alcohol presence. Maybe a bit of chocolate. Pleasant medium palate with a softness on the mid palate, though the finish burns a bit with a slight tannic astringency. Will leave it open and try some more in an 1/2 hour. 1 hr later a bit of barnyard and more chocolate, and sour cherry aromas. Still hot on the finish, probably would benefit from some food. Not bad though I'm interested in what might happen with an hour or two more open. [NR]
External Reviews for Kendall-Jackson Pinot Noir Monterey County Great Estates
"Black cherry fruit with velvety tannins typically found in hillside grapes along the North Coast combine with flavors of blackberry jam and currant from Monterey County. Oak aging adds hints of vanilla, cola and a soft, smoky finish." Randy Ullom, Wine
The 2009 Vintner's Reserve Pinot Noir is 100% Pinot Noir, all from estate vineyards, that is aged nine months in 95% French barrels (15% new). Notes of plum sauce, cranberries, earthy red cherries and loamy soil result in an authentic Pinot Noir tasting effort. Medium-bodied, soft and delicious, it should drink well for 2-4 years.
Shows real Pinot character in the light silkiness, nice acidity, and flavors of cherries, cream and vanilla spice. If you're just starting to get into the variety, this is a good intro.
A fine everyday Pinot Noir with some extra features that boost the score. With hints of mint, white pepper and chamomile tea, the wine shows racy flavors of cherries, cola, raspberries and sandalwood. Made mainly with Monterey and Santa Barbara fruit.
A wine that has improved dramatically over the last few years is the Vintner's Reserve Pinot Noir. There are 100,000+ cases of the 2003, a blend of 98% Pinot Noir and 2% Syrah, all produced from Sonoma Coast and North Coast vineyards. Aged completely in French barrels, with malolactic in barrel (17% new oak), it offers classic Pinot characteristics of forest floor, figs, plums, red currants, and cherries along with a touch of smoke in the background. This round, tasty Pinot must be tasted to be fully appreciated.
K-J has a good track record for a varietally true Pinot Noir with their Vintner's Reserve bottling, and they've held the price steady for years. It's a fairly basic Pinot, elegantly silky and dry, with cola, cherry and vanilla flavors.
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