Kendall-Jackson Red Blend Sonoma County Meritage Grand Reserve 2006

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The 2006 Meritage is a great follow-up to the delicious 2005 vintage. It has a similar aroma profile; blackberry, black licorice, chocolate and rich Bing cherry. An upfront vanilla sweetness is noticed in the aroma which pulls all these attributes together. The palate has juicy cherry, cassis and coffee tones. The wine finishes with a fullness provided by ripe, rich tannins and a lasting finish full of flavor.

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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 Red Blend Sonoma County Meritage Grand Reserve

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Snooth User: Jason Benjamin M
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3.50 5
07/01/2011

I enjoy wine. I do not enjoy the pomp and circumstance that always seems to follow wine. I am therefore proud to report that my bottle of 2006 K-Jack Meritage was shared at a male-bonding campfire, and drank out of melamine cups. A few swigs were even taken directly from the bottle. Don't like my methods? Good... You can stop reading here. Anyway, the Meritage. I hate it when certain vintners (ahem*TheFrench*ahem) oak the tar outta wine, leaving you with little more than a mouthful of treetrunks and alcohol. That said, K-Jack really gets it right here, leaving you with a bit of woodiness, but not overpowering the character of the blend of grapes. Still, I would consider this a powerful wine, relatively high on tannins. The one drawback here? A surprising lack of complexity in my opinion. As an "American Bordeaux," so to speak, one would think the Meritage would provide a really unique wine experience. But frankly, I think it just tastes like a California Cabernet. Not that that's a terribly bad thing... I like Cabernet after all :). So, it's a very good wine, but not what I would call legendary, or radically different from what we usually see from an American Red. And despite my claim that it's a bit run-of-the-mill, i would still recommend trying it. After all, everyone's palate is different, right?


Snooth User: tfree
44081740
4.00 5
02/17/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.00 5
Vintage: 2003 04/19/2008

Cherry and leather nose. Bordeaux blend with good structure from the cabs and some nice blackberry fruits on the finish.


Snooth User: emgodfrey
3211573
4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 12/18/2009

In 2009 its has a nice spice and earthy flavor. Its serves as a nice Bordeaux blend. I served it with pork tenderloin that had a mustard, rosemary and garlic rub.


Snooth User: carldrums
3996013
4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 09/03/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Kendall-Jackson Red Blend Sonoma County Meritage Grand Reserve

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07/13/2010

Kendall Jackson Meritage Vintner's Reserve 2006 and all other premium wine from Kendall-Jackson available at discounted prices at WineDada.com. We also carry many other premium wine lables from USA and all over the world.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
03/25/2010

Meritage has aromas of blackberry, black licorice and violet On the palate, juicy black cherry, along with cassis, espresso and pomegranate are well balanced with generous, round tannins In a word, this wine is plush" Randy Ullom, Winemaste


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Source: We Speak Wine
04/14/2010

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Vintage: 2005 11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Bronze Medal



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The 2006 Meritage is a great follow-up to the delicious 2005 vintage. It has a similar aroma profile; blackberry, black licorice, chocolate and rich Bing cherry. An upfront vanilla sweetness is noticed in the aroma which pulls all these attributes together. The palate has juicy cherry, cassis and coffee tones. The wine finishes with a fullness provided by ripe, rich tannins and a lasting finish full of flavor.

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