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
This Cabernet has distinct flavors of blackberry, blueberry, and both red and black currants with enticing fragrances of mocha and nutmeg. Subtle notes of chocolate and toasty vanilla add to the richness and length of this bold Cab, and are accompanied by fine grained tannins on a lengthy finish.
Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate Review The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Reserve comes from K-J’s holdings in Sonoma, primarily Knights Valley. Composed of 94.9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.4% Petit Verdot and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc, aged primarily in French oak although some American oak is utilized, this is a powerful, rich, concentrated and convincing effort for a 2011. Deep cassis flavors intermixed with cedar wood, vanillin, spice box and licorice emerge from this medium to full-bodied, ripe, attractive wine
- 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
About the Winery
Being a family-owned winery absolutely affects our winemaking. It affords us the luxury to take the long view. We can take risks and grow our grapes in mountain and hillside vineyards- even though it is more difficult for both the farmer and the vine. But grapes grown on mountains have more character and more flavor—and that’s why we grow them there. As a family-run business, we can put the long-term interests of future generations above short-term financial gains. Our success will be measured by generations of family, rather than by numbers on quarterly reports. We have to take the long view.
Winemaker Mark Theis
Mark joined Kendall-Jackson in 1994 as Winemaker at our Lakeport winery. Over the years, he has honed our Chardonnay winemaking style - a tremendous task. Today, Mark oversees our Burgundian winemaking programs (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) as well as our Syrah releases.
Mark was born in Dodge City, Kansas and grew up on a nearby cattle ranch. Like many of his wine industry contemporaries, he began making wine during his high school years. In his spare time, he experimented with fermentation. He later went on to study general agriculture but the winemaking bug had hooked him, and he transferred to UC Davis to study Fermentation Science - graduating in 1979.
Mark worked at Monterey Peninsula Winery as an assistant. The tiny winery proved to be an ideal training ground for a young winemaker. By 1981, he had been appointed Head Winemaker and was crafting very individualistic wines that received a remarkable cult following.
Two years later, he transferred to Husch Winery. Over a period of ten years, he produced a string of critically acclaimed, award-winning wines before joining the Kendall-Jackson team.
Sustainable Farming Practices
For over 30 years, our family has been making great wine. If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s the better the soil the better the wine. So every day we work to ensure the healthy future of the land all around us – adopting clean energy practices, ensuring biodiversity, and using one-third less water than industry average.
100% of our estate vineyards and wineries are certified sustainable by the CCSW (Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing) and SIP (Sustainability in Practice) programs. We design our vineyards to have minimal impact on the surrounding environment and utilize sophisticated, leading farming practices to encourage soil enhancement, erosion control, and healthy ecosystems by using native crops and natural predators such as raptors, owl and bats.
Since 2008, we have reduced our water intensity 41% by investing in conservation technologies like barrel washing, recycling and precision drip irrigation. Kendall-Jackson wines are vinted and bottled leveraging the largest solar generator in the wine industry. We have 6.5MW of onsite solar arrays.
Our sustainability programs have earned the endorsements of a number of international third-party certifications and awards.