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Kendall-Jackson Pinot Noir Monterey County Great Estates 2011

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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 vanil

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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

Member Reviews for Kendall-Jackson Pinot Noir Monterey County Great Estates

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Snooth User: camsies
9098121
3.00 5
10/04/2008

Three glasses


Snooth User: knphelps
95354525
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 10/15/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: Derek67
32027694
2.50 5
Vintage: 2005 12/19/2008

Light bodied and very mellow. A bit of oak, strawberry and dust.


Snooth User: MattGeller
17470010
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 05/03/2009

This wine purchase at their store was very good for the price. We bought a case. Few bottles left.

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Good

Snooth User: Rmacias
3185529
3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 09/21/2007

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.


Snooth User: Ouguiya
109788181
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 12/28/2008

Four glasses


Snooth User: ryanopaz
278311,619
0.00 5
Vintage: 2001 08/08/2007

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

External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
02/22/2010

"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


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 03/03/2010

WA: 88 Points


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

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.


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Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

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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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 vanil

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