Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
This Cabernet has distinct flavors of blackberry, blueberry, black currant and cassis with enticing fragrances of mocha and nutmeg. Subtle notes of smoke, cedar and tobacco leaf round out the lingering finish.
Grand Reserve is a winemaker's blend of our mountain, ridge, hillside and benchland grapes grown along California's cool coastal appellations. We hand select grapes from our best estate vineyards and then monitor, taste and hand-hold each individual lot throughout the winemaking process. Each lot is kept separate, barrel-aged and handcrafted - boutique winery style. Our winemakers have an unmatched palate of flavors, toast levels and terroir nuances from which they masterfully blend these exemplary rich, deep and complex wines.
Blend: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec
"Close in quality to Cabernets costing far more, this has
elaborate blackberry, cherry and currant flavors. The
all-important mouthfeel is dry and crisp, with fine tannins.
It’s not an ager, but shows plenty of class."
"Composed of 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Malbec aged 19 months in French oak (47% new), the 2008 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon displays an inky/purple color as well as abundant aromas of creme de cassis, camphor, tobacco leaf, licorice and background smoky oak. This rich, full-bodied Cabernet admirably showcases the potential for rich, layered, ageworthy Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma. It will benefit from another 1-2 years of bottle age and should keep for at least 12 years. (88-90+)"
The Wine Advocate
Big & Bold
I like wines with a delicious bouquet and this cuvee definitely has it! Really juicy bouquet of something creamy and sweet (brown sugar, maybe?) with a bit of smoke and cherries. It has the usual dark fruit taste with tannins that can't be quite described as velvety but still not at all harsh. The finish has something a little earthy in it like forest loam. As usual for Cabernets, it is full-bodied and dry.
Big & Bold
Presents well. Nice color and bouquet. Good oak tones. It matched well with grilled red meat.
Big & Bold
this one tasted a little flat to me, was defnitely a disappointment while not bad I have had much better bottles from KJ.
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