Kendall-Jackson

+1 (707) 571.7500 5007 Fulton Road
Fulton, CA 95439
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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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Kendall-Jackson on Snooth

  • Robin is now the head winemaker at Swanson, where I would like to go visit ... ... ... M-G is now owned by Kendall Jackson.  Still making some good wine, but there's so many on your list that deserve attention.  Ridge is iconic, of course, but you must hit Mauritson--drop my name and you can probably get some Rockpile Zins in your tastings.  ... Read More

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  • Yeah, I tried Meiomi recently to see what the hype was all about, and because ... on.  Chardonnay a la Kendall Jackson has the spoofy market, Sauv Blanc the cheap, and Pinot Grigio the watery.  What's really left for the trendy drinker who wants a cheap buzz without too much though Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir Blanc?


  • Hi everyone.  This is my first post on the boards.  My wife and I are doing a long weekend in Healdsburg (Jan 15-17) and Yountville (Jan 17-19) over MLK weekend and were looking for some recommendations on wineries to visit.  We tend to like more full bodied red wines, but are open to other wines as well. We are from New York and want to focus o... Read More

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  • Apparently this is becoming an underground hit. Not mutated Pinot Noir grapes, or Pinot Blanc, etc., but Blanc de Noirs as the French would say, or here in America, white wine from red grapes.Here's the blurbThere are producers in Anderson Valley, Northern Italy, and Germany experimenting with this, though of course this is nothing new in Champa... Read More

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  • Kendall Jackson 'Vintners' Reserve Summation Red 2012

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    Wine review by ss799


  • Kendall-Jackson Syrah Vintner's Reserve California 2012

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    Wine review by Krystle lee1


  • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Pinot Noir 2013

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    Perky red cherry aromas shows with a hint of cranberry and tart raspberry notes. Simple and approachable in the mouth, notes of red cherry and tart cranberry, licorice and an earthy finish with a touch of oak.87 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Kendall-Jackson Merlot Bennett Valley Highland Estates Taylor Peak 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by sbooker


  • Kendall Jackson Chardonnay Grand Reserve 2013

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    Sweet tea leaf and peach on the nose. Tangerine, pear, and green apple whirl around the palate. This is easy going, uncomplicated Chardonnay that will please any wine drinker at the party. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • What happened with Chardonnay is a longer story but Kendall Jackson popularized a style with a lot of oak and some residual sugar. That became the model for many and it's still popular today.Chablis existed long before and as OT points out, it sees some oak.The issue isn't "oaked" vs "non-oaked" because there's more to it than just that. The but... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Unoaked vs Oaked Chardonnay


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