Thursday, April 28, 2011

Jess Jackson, Kendall-Jackson Winery Founder

Jess Jackson, Kendall-Jackson Winery Founder passed away on Thursday April 21, 2011.

As I dig into American wine and its culture, I find that events that would never have caught my ear, now do get my attention. With all the wines I've reviewed on the NH Wine-Man, I've neglected to comment on the three Kendall-Jackson wines I've tried; so, to commemorate American wine-history and one of those who had such an impact on what wines we drink and what prices we pay for those wines, I'll post two reviews.

Kendall-Jackson Sonoma County Grand Reserve 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, $19.99-$23.99, 90 points, is one of those premium wines that you'll find in your local Market Basket, or any number of other wine shops and grocery stores; this is a wine for those occasions when something special is desired, but time to hunt-down that special wine is just not there (I know we are all in a hurry).
The Grand Reserve is beautifully aromatic with sweet dark fruit.
Color is clear Bordeaux.
This wine is a balance between rich, but not heavy, smooth, but with a tart finish keeping this wine lively in the context of a typical California Cabernet Sauvignon.

Kendall Jackson Vintners Reserve 2006 Pinot Noir, $14.99-$17.99, 89 points, is a gentle balance of flavors unique to Pinot Noir, not too tart nor too sweet, not too Gamay light, nor Cabernet heavy, but the balance leads to a true Red table wine with the widest pair-ability.
It is difficult to find a "good" Pinot Noir under $40.00, but with the Kendall-Jackson Vintners Reserve you're under 
$20.00, which gives this wine a great QPR. 

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1 comment:

  1. This last Holiday season found me in Market basket advising this women buying for the office party a Cabernet Sauvignon, and not knowing what to buy, found my advice to buy the 2009 Grand Reserve worthy of a dare!
    I haven't heard any bad news concerning this, so I'll take that to be good news.