Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2012
Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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.
The Wine Advocate - "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."
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. View all Kendall-Jackson Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
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 FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
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4 ratings, 3 with reviewslanaindc - Waldorf, MD48/23/2014great 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.docstef - Redding, CA41/3/2015
girls liked it. smoothWilfred Wong (of Wine.com) - San Francisco, CA47/7/2014
- Fruity & Smooth
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.L of colorado - Longmont, CO45/25/2014
- Rich & Creamy
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- baked white fish
- Rich & Creamy
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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.
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