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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 Read more »

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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • The Kendall Jackson 2012 Chard Reserve is a good buy.  Interesting that it was not oxidized by now... sometimes, though, when you find an old wine that has not been exposed to too much heat or the cork has at least been moistened sufficiently enough to prevent cork disintegration, you can be pleasantly surprised.  Glad you found that bottle hidi... Read More

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  • I did a short review of Kendall Jackson Grande Reserve Chardonnay 2012 Vintage a few nights ago....awesome wine, and was the only one I found on the shelf....the rest was all 2017 so though what the heck....lets buy this!  Still had another year or two of aging that could have happened, but a little gem I had found nonetheless. Tonight its a che... Read More

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  • Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Grand Reserve California 2012


    Pours a honey lemon color....showing its age with the lovely deepening of shade.....nice and clear, and perhaps a touch of chill hazing going on. The aromas are of lush tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, muted banana), baked orchard fruits (pear/apple), buttery notes and smooth vanilla oak. Flavors that are superior, with gentle cooked buttere... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • I left out a half-full bottle of red wine on the kitchen counter overnight. It ... ... in spite of this growth, Kendall Jackson continues to produce some of the best value priced bottles coming out of California today. I’m a big fan of their Vintner’s Reserve line. They range from $15 to $25 per bottle, embodying the true spirit of 20th centur... Read More

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  • This Topic is partially intended to start a new thread on daily wine drinking as the earlier topics are just too long and too general.  How about telling us more about your choices and helping me start a new thread for the next generation, so to speak?  The "why" is the interesting part for some of us - but pictures are always welcome; after all... Read More

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  • Kendall Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by C Hickman

  • Kendall-Jackson Vintners Reserve Syrah 2010


    This is the 2010 vintage so lets see how it is after several years of aging.....sampling Aug 2017Nice violet hues with rusty red, brown/tawny beginnings and dark red cranberry skin coloration as well.....some particulate is swirling around so decanting is an option but not necessary. The aromas have probably given way to a degree but I am picki... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Kendall-Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Hawkeye Mountain 2010


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    Wine review by Phyllis49

  • DO NOT DISREGARD ANYTHING FROM KENDALL-JACKSON; the late "Boss Man", KJ was trained as a lawyer but however chose to be a wine man par excellence......he preferred soil to law courts!!!!   Read More

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  • I think JD is correct when you talk about Cab Sauv. Best is from Napa and you ... Ridge, Rombauer, Kistler, Kendall Jackson have defined a particular type of luscious, oaky wine.  For a leaner, brighter style, you can look at I'd look at Failla, Peay, Arnot-Roberts, Hirsch Vineyards, and a few others that are from the far west Sonoma Coast. In... Read More

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  • Just a salute to Chad at KJ Wine Estates. He was very informative and patient. We had a great time and enjoyed the grounds. Recommend to anyone staying near the Santa Rosa area to visit. A nice surprise for us was the KJ Meritage which we purchased and enjoyed thoroughly.

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  • It is a Great Wine!!!

    Comment by 297036Anthony Proctor 297036 Anthony Proctor

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