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Kendall Jackson Vintners's Reserve Merlot Sonoma County 2009

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Our Vintner’s Reserve Merlot is sourced primarily from vineyards in Sonoma County, where Merlot develops a lovely plum character framed by black cherry and soft, round tannins.

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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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Editorial Reviews for Kendall Jackson Vintners's Reserve Merlot Sonoma County

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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3.00 5
12/11/2012

This smells sweet and fruit with an immediate hit of wild cherry candy and vanilla on the nose that reminds me of cherry coke or something similar. Aromatically monolithic with some oak nuances and a hint of bay leaf emerging with time. Showing decent balance in the mouth, this delivers a nice hit of cherry pie filling with flourishes of cinnamon and bitter chocolate shavings before becoming dominated by dry woody tannins on the backend.The tannins take full control on the short, dry finish. 83pts


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3.50 5
06/01/2013

Vibrant ruby red color, cedar and red berry aromas, pomegranate and cherry flavors, medium mouthfeel and finish.


Snooth User: JustSayin
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3.50 5
09/03/2012

My first dip into the Merlot world. a very nice flavorful body with a not overpowering kick of tannic in the end. I'm most definately a fan.


External Reviews for Kendall Jackson Vintners's Reserve Merlot Sonoma County

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Source: NapaCabs.com
01/27/2012

Intricate layers of black cherry, plum, currant, and wild berry flavors with a hint of spice. The soft, delicate tannins of this Bordeaux varietal carry these aromas and flavors to a long lingering finish.


External Review
05/02/2012

The 2008 Vintnerrsquo;s Reserve Merlot (98% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc aged 14 months in two-thirds French and one-third American oak) exhibits a dark plum color along with notes of cherry cola, raspberry, garrigue, loamy soil and spice box. This medium-bodied, juicy Merlot is somewhat monolithic, but it displays an appropriate varietal character. Drink it over the next 2ndash;3 years.


External Review
05/02/2012

This merlot overdelivers: The overall impression is cool and austere, a wine with some class, the fruit maintaining firmness and tension the way a plump cherry is held within its ripe skin. Decant it to let the juicy black cherry flavors emerge from behind the caramel sweetness of oak.


External Review
05/02/2012

A fine, complex Merlot, appealing for its array of cherry, smoked meat, balsam, soy and pepper flavors. Shows lots of class and finesse for the price.



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Our Vintner’s Reserve Merlot is sourced primarily from vineyards in Sonoma County, where Merlot develops a lovely plum character framed by black cherry and soft, round tannins.

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