2014 Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Grand Reserve
Monterey/Santa Barbara, California
 
WB Rating: 89

 
Alcohol by volume: 13.5%
Price at time of purchase: $13.89 (Safeway)
 
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

I truly do not understand how Kendall-Jackson can turn out wines of this quality year after year, yet consistently maintain their incredibly reasonable prices. At virtually every price point, from less than $10 to $200+, the wines in the Jackson portfolio are at or near the top of the heap. The 2014 is one of the better Grand Reserves I've tasted. Rich, smooth, crisp, satisfying. With a pure and lively texture, this wine has an admirable mix of stone fruit, honeyed lemon, tropical fruit salad along with a touch of nutmeg, butter, and tangy minerality. Just a crazy good bargain - I'm going back for another case. - HK 2016-08-28

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