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2007 Kendall Jackson Merlot "Vintner's Reserve"

Kendall Jackson 2007 Vintners Reserve Merlot

Winery: Kendall Jackson

Vintage: 2007

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Vintner's Reserve"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 94.4% Merlot, 5.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, .3% Cabernet Franc & .1% Malbec

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Sonoma County

State or country: CA

Price: $18

Cases produced: 80,000

KWG Score: 88.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: April 5, 2010

Wine Review: This is the highest score I have given KJ's Vintners Reserve Merlot. Winemaker Randy Ullom told me that KJ has made concerted effort to step up their Vintner's Reserve red wine program. That was clearly evident to me with this wine. It is opaque and very dark ruby colored. It opens with a fragrant ripe black cherry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced, and fruit forward. This wine has more fruit and structure and lacks the rough edges of past vintages. The flavor profile is a very pleasant blend of black cherry and mild black raspberry. There is a hint of oak and a touch of black pepper to add to its character. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins linger quite nicely. This wine is quite versatile and would pair well with many foods. Veal parmigianna would be my first choice. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: "Wonderful plum, spice, currant and wild berry flavors. The soft tannins of this Bordeaux varietal carry these aromas and flavors to a long lingering finish — one that beckons for another sip, or better...a glass!" — Randy Ullom, Winemaster

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