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Date Printed: 9/2/2014
Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 1996
Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 1996
(search item no. 5552)

PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $26.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 Decanter rating: 90 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The concentrated fruit, layered complexity and seamless elegance that are hallmarks of Grand Reserve Chardonnay are fully realized in this fabulous vintage. Layers of ripe tropical fruit, pear, apple and citrus complement integrated vanilla, spice and coconut in the aroma and flavor. Polished texture and generous balancing acicity contribute uncommon finesse to the palate and finish.
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About Kendall-Jackson:

Back in 1974, Jess Jackson saw in the fine vineyards of California's cool coastal regions fruit with a variety of outstanding flavors. What if there was a way to produce from this abundance, a single outstanding "cuvée" that offered both quality and value? The result, first released in 1983, was Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, a rich, round and flavorful wine, made with hand-crafted methods. That same year, Grand Reserve was introduced, a line of ultra-premium wines that represented the full potential of California's finest vineyards and winemaking. Today, over 5,000 acres of vineyard in California's coastal regions are farmed by Kendall-Jackson. Four separate wineries house what is possibly the single largest barrel-fermentation project in the world. But perhaps most important, is that Kendall-Jackson remains a family-owned winery.