Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2012

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California

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Item No. 130741
  • white wine
  • RP91
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
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Winemaker's Notes

The 2012 vintage in Santa Barbara and Monterey was very close to perfect, and high quality grapes were the norm in almost every block we harvested. The resulting cuvée showed great balance with rich, tropical flavors accompanied by clean, well-integrated acidity and finesse.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2012 Chardonnay Grand Reserve (200,000 cases produced) is composed of Monterey and Santa Barbara fruit that spent nine months in largely French oak as well as smaller quantities of American wood. One-third is new, and this cuvee is put through full malolactic fermentation as opposed to the other Chardonnays where it is generally partially or completely blocked. Copious quantities of tropical fruits, pineapples, mangoes, apricot marmalade and honeyed citrus are found in this clean white that finishes with good acidity and a distant minerality. It was the only Chardonnay in this tasting that revealed a touch of oak."
91 Points

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lanaindc - Waldorf, MD (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(8/23/2014)
great flavor. one of my favorite daily drinking wines, but too many of the bottles i've purchased are corked or off-color. rather than bothering and taking the chance of havign a bad bottle, i've since switched to KJ Vintner's reserve. cheaper and more reliable good bottles.
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Rating:
(7/7/2014)
Style: Rich & Creamy
Pair with: baked white fish
Creamy and lush, loaded with generosity, the 2012 Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay plays it big and ripe. This is one of the state's best values in ultra-rich wines.
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Rating:
(5/25/2014)
Style: Rich & Creamy
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Learn About Kendall-Jackson Map ItMap It

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 cuvee 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...

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Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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