2011 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Sonoma County
Don’t let the name fool you - today’s Kendall-Jackson Vineyard Estates 2011 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is the real deal. We were a little bit more than surprised ourselves with just how much we loved today’s wine.
The Grand Reserve label represents the tippy-top of the KJ winemaking world, and is a true representation of their internal mantra: artisanal winemaking on a grand scale. Utilizing only the top 5% of grapes, handcrafted with care, then aged in 100% French Oak (KJ is the largest consumer of French Oak in the world), today’s wine stands up to any $80 Napa Cab put next to it. In fact, today’s wine routinely beats out higher priced competition in blind tastings again and again.
Don’t miss out on today’s underpriced and overdelivering gem - this is one to stock up on!
Scarlet with flecks of ruby throughout the glass.
Alluring aromas come out to greet you, with bold notes of blackberry, black currant, and boysenberry mingling with sweet tobacco leaf, violet, cocoa powder, nutmeg, and a touch of sage.
Lush, dark, and round, this is one serious Cabernet. Dark blackberry and sweet plum flavors envelope hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean, sweet vanilla bean, cedar wood cigar box, freshly tilled earth, and lingering hints of Herbes de Provence.
Incredibly rich and luxurious, today’s wine delivers an over-the-top drinking experience that will have you reaching for more. The long and lasting finish is highlighted by velvety tannins and robust dark fruit flavors that linger through to the end.
A flank steak, marinated in a little bourbon, brown sugar, and red pepper, then grilled to perfection.
What the Winery Says
- Randy Ullom
- Sonoma County, California
- Fruit Variety
- 94.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.4% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Merlot, 0.2% Cabernet Franc
- 17 months in French and American oak