Kendall Jackson Vintner Cabernet 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Opens with deep black cherry, blackberry and cassis flavors. Intense, round and well-structured tannins provide a strong backbone throughout the middle. Cedar and vanilla notes linger on the finish, beckoning another sip.

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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
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Member Reviews for Kendall Jackson Vintner Cabernet

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Snooth User: tabednar
949302,449
2.50 5
10/20/2011

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.


Snooth User: zinfandel1
1546601,004
2.50 5
11/11/2012

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.


Snooth User: lakenvelder
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3.00 5
06/27/2012

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.


Snooth User: docrobert
86173570
3.00 5
07/31/2011

Solid overall. Light butter and oak


Snooth User: FredAkerNC
88427134
2.00 5
10/02/2011

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.


Snooth User: OWLs Wine Chick
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4.00 5
11/25/2011

I really like this - not oaky; lush fruit and a buttery texture.


Snooth User: Jibbs
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5.00 5
05/10/2012

By FAR thee best wine to pair with a salad with balsamic dressing. Wow.


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External Reviews for Kendall Jackson Vintner Cabernet

External Review
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
01/03/2012

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).


External Review
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
01/03/2012

Made in the slightly sweet style that made this bottling famous, this Chardonnayrsquo;s pineapple, orange and peach flavors are balanced by crisp, coastal acidity. Itrsquo;s a fine sipper at an affordable price.


External Review
11/01/2012

The 2010 Chardonnay Vintnerrsquo;s Reserve wraps around the palate with layers of expressive fruit. Butterscotch, spices, flowers and hazelnuts add complexity. This is another fabulous value. The entire 2,000,000 case production is made from estate-owned vineyards, which is simply mind-boggling to contemplate. Frequent lees-stirring and aging in French oak barrels impart a level of textural richness that is uncommon for a wine in this price range. Anticipated maturity: 2012ndash;2014.


External Review
05/18/2011

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.


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Tasting Notes:

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.

Opens with deep black cherry, blackberry and cassis flavors. Intense, round and well-structured tannins provide a strong backbone throughout the middle. Cedar and vanilla notes linger on the finish, beckoning another sip.

1,419 cases produced.

Notes: 77% French (27% new) with the balance in American (5% new)

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 0.7 grams per liter

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