Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot 2014
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|Region||California, Sonoma County|
This offers plenty of minerality to the dried berry flavors, supported by firm tannins. Notes of savory grace the finish. Drink now. 15,397 cases made.
As you can imagine, the Jackson Family have enormous vineyard sources from which to get their Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their 2014 Merlot Grand Reserve comes from Sonoma and is 95% Merlot and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot, with a tiny dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon. It is aged mostly in French wood. The wine is soft and ripe, with mocha, roasted herbs, cocoa bean, and some chocolaty plum and cherry notes. The wine has good, rich fruit and is straightforward and attractive. Anticipated maturity: now-2026.
This wine is thick, heavy and tannic, with an herbaceous quality of cedar and pencil. Flavors of dark cherry and chocolate highlight the full-bodied concentration.