Monday, April 03, 2006

Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2004 Wine Review (NW)

Pear and a touch of lemon on the nose, along with a slight buttery hint
Lightly creamy texture on the palate, but with a good backbone and acidity
Graceful finish, oak accents, and some lingering cream

This Chardonnay does a nice balancing act. It is neither the ultra-crisp, unoaked style, nor the big, creamy, buttery style. It lands somewhere in between, but brings the best qualities from both ends of the spectrum. I respect that and think this wine is well-made.

Of course, its intended purpose is to be a cut above the regular KJ Chardonnay that is on every shelf in America. While it achieves that, it's obviously more expensive at approximately $18. I think it's worth the extra money, but that doesn't necessarily make it a great value. It's a well-made wine at a fair price. Raise a glass!

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