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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Kendall Jackson Red Blend Avant 2012

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    A little oak, cedary and gingery, some herbaceous character, and a little bit of jammy black fruit come together on the nose. Noticeably sweet on entry and very supple, this relies on the sugar to cover some rather bitter tannins and while there is enough acid here to keep this from collapsing on the palate it is not fresh. The flavors are modes... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Red blends. We know what that means, right? It’s a code word for sweet red wine. While it may not infact be official, that is painfully close to the truth. Increasing these proprietary red blends from california, and now the world, come laden with enough sugar for dessert. that is an exaggeration, but the truth is that these wines should come wi... Read More

    From the article California's Red Blends


  • Barrels are not being replaced by stainless steel for economic reasons. I ... ... the market demographic for Kendall Jackson. If you're a poor student or some working-class guy who wants to bring something home to the wife, you guy BV Coastal.  If you're a guy from Cleveland who owns a few dry cleaners or a Chevy dealership, you buy Kistler in... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Heavily-oaked Chardonnay...


  • Oaky butter Charodnnay is not my cup of tea but to answer your questionRombauer ... from CA are J Lohr & Kendall Jackso Read More

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  • Is it me, or are oaky chards out of fashion? Nowadays most every producer I encounter boasts about their stainless steel tanks. All I want to experience with my Chardonnay is toast with a big ol' pad of melted butter on top. Can anyone recommend some excellent oaky chard producers? Thanks!  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Heavily-oaked Chardonnay...


  • Kendall Jackson Riesling 2011

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    A very clear, straw green wine, it has good citrus and herbaceous undertones to its nose. There is also a definitive scent of wet stone too it. This Riesling has a medium sweet mouth-feel, but is certainly fresh and acidic. There are nice fruity undertones to it, reminding me of apples. Read More

    Wine review by jwhittenknapp


  • Kendall Jackson Vinter Reserve Pinot Noir 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • I am a freelance writer living in Boulder CO.  Went to grad school in Santa Barbara 40 years agowhen we could get a perfectly drinkable chardonnay for around $2.I have traveled in Europe, incl. France, Italy and Spain, so I am partial to wines from those countries.Recently re-introduced to CA wines.  I like old vine zins very much.  My budget is... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • While we all have a wine that represents this change of season that we are enjoying I would argue that no wines does it so completely as Sauvignon Blanc. No other white, save Chardonnay, is produced in so many places and at such compelling price points. The main difference between Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, to my mind, is that for the most ... Read More

    From the article Sauvignon Blanc Under $15


  • Kendall Jackson Sauvignon Blanc Vitner's Reserve 2012

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    A little cheesy on the nose with ripe pineapple and tangerine aromas topped with a gentle floral note. Tart and simple in the mouth with a bit of a thick feel to the vaguely orange and mango flavors that show modest depth. The acidity adds a light lime note on the finish before this disappears quickly on the modest finish. Remarkably neutral. 8... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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