Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and an Old Faithful!

Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, $15,29-$17.99, 89 points, is a deep magenta color, and having a rather mute aroma at room temperature, but what I did get was sweet and and lovely.
The medium body carries light delicious flavors of plum, cranberry, and licorice, with a wonderful spicy finish with just a hint of menthol. 
The key to this wine is "balance", which it has, and for the money, ranks high on my buy list of Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

Robert Mondavi Napa Valley 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, $15.56-$29.99, 91 points.
The "Old Faithful" is a wine ( First Review) I reviewed before, but wanted to taste with the Kendall-Jackson to get my taste bearings as a plumb-line.

The thing that struck me was the "balance". Again you find a wonderful wine for between $15-$30, again scored 91 points, having a balance of fruit, acid, tannin, flavor and finish, which make this a great table wine, gift, or just to drink alone.

Two wines, about the same price, with very little separating them, but their very popular and familiar names. Wines that you can buy almost anywhere, and at these lower price-points will not disappoint! 

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  1. Agree totally on the Mondavi. That wine is sub $20 in these parts and sometimes as low as $17 if you catch a sale. It's a no brainer at that price. The 2007 was amazing and with the consistent CA weather, it's hard to find a clunker in any vintage.

    1. John, thanks for the confirmation, and you said: in these parts; you're going to laugh, but I thought you lived in Italy where RM would seem harder to get.

  2. LOL! Wow, in some ways, I wish that were true. But no, I'm a proud New Jerseyan. Just with a love of my heritage...