Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot
93
points

Vintner's Reserve Sonoma County Merlot 2014

Intricate layers of black cherry, plum, currant, and wild berry mingle with a hint of spice. The soft, delicate, elegant tannins of this Bordeaux varietal carry these aromas and flavors to a long, silky and lingering finish.

$24
/bottle
$19.20 for Wine Club Members (Join)
Wine Facts
Appellation
97% Sonoma County, 3% Mendocino County
Composition
90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.5% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc
T.A.
0.56g/100ml
pH
3.64
Alc %
13.50%

Acclaim

93 points, Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, May 2017

Longtime K-J winemaker Randy Ullom has done wonders with the Vintner's Reserve program, consistently crafting impressive wines despite the significant volumes. The 2014 Vintner's Reserve Merlot is an excellent example. Well balanced and refined, it has an elegant mouthfeel, is very dry and shows nuances of red currants and plum, with a touch of wood spice and beautifully integrated tannins. A Platinum award-winner at the 2017 Critics Challenge.

Winemaking

Aged 12 months in 62% French oak (5% new) and 38% American oak (5% new)

black cherry, plum, currant and wild berry
Primary Aromas & Flavors
flatbread pizza
Food & Wine Pairing
55° F
Ideal Serving Temperature
bordeaux
Ideal Glass Shape