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Date Printed: 12/24/2014
Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot 2004
Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot 2004
(search item no. 90171)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/24/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
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
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:

Grand Reserve is a masterful blend of Kendall-Jackson's mountain, hillside, ridge and benchland grapes grown along California's cool coastal appellations. Grapes are hand-selected from their best estate vineyards and are then monitored, tasted and hand-held by individual lot throughout the winemaking process. Each lot is kept separate, barrel-aged and handcrafted — boutique winery style. Kendall-Jackson's winemakers have an unmatched palate of flavors, toast levels and terroir nuances from which they masterfully blend these exemplary rich, deep and complex wines.

96% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon

Black plum, boysenberry, and cherry flavors dance amongst the violet, chocolate and cedar notes. This wine is smooth and the tannins are refined and round. In true Merlot character, this wine caresses the mouth and lingers beyond each sip.

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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.