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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot 1997
Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot 1997
(search item no. 24204)

PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $30.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Lush currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit gains complexity from understated cedar, cocoa and spice notes. Silky texture and tender tannins integrate with mouthfilling flavors for a long, elegant 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.