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Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2017

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REGIONAL EXPRESSION: A unique expression of place, Grand Reserve is a winemaker’s blend of single appellation wines sourced from our mountain, ridge, hillside and benchland grapes grown along California’s cool coastline. Our winemakers have an unmatched palette of flavors, toast levels and terroir nuances from which they then masterfully blend these exemplary rich, deep and complex wines which truly express each region. VINTAGE: 2017 was an early season with a light to normal crop coming o of several years of drought. Though the winter of ’16 and ’17 were quite wet, the vines had already set their crop back in spring of 2016 based on the previous drought year. Overall, the Santa Barbara growing season was fantastic, especially in the spring! WINEMAKER NOTES: Lush tropical fruit intertwines with nice minerality from the calciferous soils in the Santa Maria and Los Alamos Valleys. There is a touch of floral notes from the small amounts of Dijon and Rued clones, and a hint of vanilla and spice to round out the rich, long finish. - Randy Ullom, Winemaster BARREL AGING: 8 months aging in 73% French oak (25% new) with the balance in American oak TA: 0.60g/100ml pH: 3.51 ALCOHOL: 14.5%

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Kendall-Jackson:
  Jess Stonestreet Jackson, founder of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, was a legend in the wine industry. Thanks to his dedication and skill, he popularized Chardonnay in the United States, with the best-selling Chardonnay in America for over 20 years. In 1983, just one year after he founded Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, his Chardonnay won the first double Platinum Award ever given by... Read more
  Jess Stonestreet Jackson, founder of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, was a legend in the wine industry. Thanks to his dedication and skill, he popularized Chardonnay in the United States, with the best-selling Chardonnay in America for over 20 years. In 1983, just one year after he founded Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, his Chardonnay won the first double Platinum Award ever given by the American Wine Competition. Jackson passed away on April 21, 2011, at the age of 81, leaving behind the highest-selling brand of “super-premium” wine in the United States. In 1974, Jess Jackson and his wife, Jane Kendall, purchased and converted a pear and walnut orchard in Lakeport, California into a vineyard. In 1982, a downturn in the grape market discouraged Jackson from selling grapes, so he took the opportunity to create his own winery, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates. This was a wise decision, since today, with 14,000 acres across California’s Sonoma County and numerous distinctions, Kendall-Jackson is one of the most successful wineries in America. Read less

External Reviews for Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay Santa Barbara County

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Source: We Speak Wine
05/01/2019

REGIONAL EXPRESSION: A unique expression of place, Grand Reserve is a winemaker’s blend of single appellation wines sourced from our mountain, ridge, hillside and benchland grapes grown along California’s cool coastline. Our winemakers have an unmatched palette of flavors, toast levels and terroir nuances from which they then masterfully blend these exemplary rich, deep and complex wines which truly express each region. VINTAGE: 2017 was an early season with a light to normal crop coming o of several years of drought. Though the winter of ’16 and ’17 were quite wet, the vines had already set their crop back in spring of 2016 based on the previous drought year. Overall, the Santa Barbara growing season was fantastic, especially in the spring! WINEMAKER NOTES: Lush tropical fruit intertwines with nice minerality from the calciferous soils in the Santa Maria and Los Alamos Valleys. There is a touch of floral notes from the small amounts of Dijon and Rued clones, and a hint of vanilla and spice to round out the rich, long finish. - Randy Ullom, Winemaster BARREL AGING: 8 months aging in 73% French oak (25% new) with the balance in American oak TA: 0.60g/100ml pH: 3.51 ALCOHOL: 14.5%



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