Friday, January 3, 2014

Updated Review: **** $$ 2004 Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, CA = BEST VALUE

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By way of  background: The Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve cabernet sauvignon is a blend of cabernet, merlot and petit verdot grapes mostly from the Alexander Valley in Sonoma, combined with 12% fruit from Napa Valley. Alcohol level is a bold 14.5%.  Grapes themselves are selected from the top 1.5% of KJ lots, making this their premier cabernet sauvignon offering.

Original review, three years from vintage date, June, 2007:  Color is an opaque, black/violet/red, showing transparency only at the rim. On the nose is a luscious, thick tobacco and black cherry aroma, also suggesting dark chocolate and blackened oak. Lively, round, black currant fruit comes through first on the palate, opening to a fuller berry medley. Tannins are detectable, but fine, bringing the wine to a lingering close, in waves of resurfacing flavors. Nice experience, excellent balance in a mid-weight offering.  Four stars, making this a best value at its typical retail price point.

For comparison, Robert Parker gave this 89 points in late 2006 and said, "It exhibits a dark ruby/purple color, an attractive nose of black currants, licorice, cedar, and spice box, and a medium-bodied, structured style. Give it 1-2 more years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 10-14 years."

Review wine provided by Kendall-Jackson Vineyards, Santa Rosa CA.

Updated review, six and a half years later, now 10 years from vintage date, January, 2014:  One of my widest date ranges yet for a same-vintage comparison.  Deep magenta, opaque from a half inch in.  Still thick tobacco, deep English leather and ripe black currants.  Black cream too.  This is one of those rare finds that reminds me of the well-oaked Napa cabernets from the late 1970's and '80's, like the old Inglenook estate cab offerings.  A full and furry black currant fruit is first to the palate, although definitely showing first signs of age.  Despite the hints of oxidation, plenty of verve and liveliness to lift the deep middle.   Finish lingers for a long, fresh finish.  Time to drink up now.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. 

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