2010 Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Grand Reserve
Monterey/Santa Barbara
WB Rating: 87

Alcohol by volume: 13.5%
Price at time of purchase: $13.99 (Safeway)
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

A clear winner over the 2010 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay (not always the case in all vintages), though the 2010 Grand Reserve is itself a couple of steps behind the excellent '09. When first opened, lots of mineral and honeydew melon notes, almost like a Sauvignon Blanc, but in the mouth (and as the temperature rises) more classic Chardonnay notes appear - peach, Meyer lemon, subtle spices. Restrained, crisp, nicely made, and like virtually all K-J wines, a bargain. - HK 2012-11-02


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