Kendall Jackson Vintner Cabernet 2009
I can see why people would like this as their "everyday white". Not to strong on any end but plenty to offer. Aroma somewhat muted. Hints of pine, oak, and with a slight citrus tinge. Taste comes on somewhat slow but builds. Well-balanced acidity with a touch of oak. Lacks the buttery richness of most upper end Chardonnays but again a great every day wine.
typical KJ Chard. Perfectly balanced. Everything falls into place like clockwork. Why spend big bucks on super high end chardonnay when the KJ can stand up to most of them and has a very affordable price.
This wine was sweet and fruity on the nose. It had a nice beginning with crisp apple and buttery taste with a nice acid balance. At the end it gets a too strong acidity feel and taste.
Solid overall. Light butter and oak
Unoffensive but nothing spectacular. A big difference from the 2008 as it was thinner with a bit of a balance issue. OK nose but a tad thin in the middle with sweet lemon in the front and wood at the end and missing any buttery richness that was the hallmark of KJ especially in the early years.
I really like this - not oaky; lush fruit and a buttery texture.
By FAR thee best wine to pair with a salad with balsamic dressing. Wow.
External Reviews for Kendall Jackson Vintner Cabernet
WA 89 WE 88 Pts - Beautifully integrated tropical flavors such as pineapple, mango, and papaya with citrus notes that explode in your mouth. These flavors delicately intertwine with aromas of vanilla and honey to create depth and balance throughout. A hint of toasted oak rounds out the long, lingering finish.
The delicious 2002 Vintnerrsquo;s Reserve Chardonnay (100% Chardonnay) exhibits copious quantities of tropical fruits, subtle wood, medium body, underlying crisp acidity, and admirable purity. It is one of the two finest Chardonnay values in the marketplace (the other being Cartlidge and Brownersquo;s Chardonnay).
Made in the familiar style that is K-J Vintnerrsquo;s Reserve, this Chardonnay shows pineapple, lemondrop, mineral and spice flavors balanced with crisp coastal acidity.
The uniformity and consistency of this Chardonnay over the years have been amazing. The 1997 is less sweet than previous examples, revealing and attractive tropical fruit and citrusy-scented nose, good ripeness, medium body, and off-dry flavors that are nicely balanced by the wine's acidity. Drink this fresh, lively Chardonnay over the next year.
Tasted just after bottling, the wine was a little bottle-shocked, but should be fine by Summer 2010. Rich and creamy, with complex tropical fruit, buttered toast, lemondrop candy and honeysuckle flavors. An amazing 111,000 cases were produced.
There are several million cases of the 2009 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay (100% estate grown Chardonnay that is, remarkably, 100% barrel fermented), which comes primarily from Jess Jackson's coastal properties in Monterey and Santa Barbara. Winemaker Randy Ullom told me he manages to stir the lees on all the barrels once a month, which is astonishing. Abundant aromas of white peach, honeysuckle, green apple skins and a hint of tropical fruits jump from the glass of this medium-bodied, crisp, dry, fruity, well-made Chardonnay. It is a sensational bargain.
Eighty-nine percent of the 2005 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay Jackson Estates is aged 6 months in barrel with malolactic fermentation, which is pretty amazing considering the quantity and the sources. It is all coastal vineyards owned by Jess Jackson, with Monterey and Santa Barbara fruit composing three-fourths of the blend, and the rest from Mendocino. 2005 continues their streak of top-notch wines. Loads of tropical fruit, surprisingly deep texture, medium body, and wonderful purity results in a crisp, elegant, dry Chardonnay. It is ideal for drinking over the next 1-2 years. This is unquestionably one of the world's finest Chardonnay bargains. It is almost too serious for its price point.
Food Pairings for Kendall Jackson Vintner Cabernet
Delectable tropical fruit intertwines with grapefruit, lemon and candied lime peel. Elegantly layered, this wine exhibits a creamy, lush texture with vanilla accents and a hint of cinnamon spice to round out the long, lingering finish.
1,419 cases produced.
Notes: 77% French (27% new) with the balance in American (5% new)
|Total Acidity: 0.7 grams per liter|
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