90 points, Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Apr 2018
Kendall-Jackson's longtime winemaker, Randy Ullom, has a deft hand with Syrah and his expression of this classic grape variety in the Vintner's Reserve lineup never seems to disappoint. This vintage shows a bit of heft through the mid-palate with notes of blueberry and plum. A touch of spice adds to the overall complexity but it really sings on the finish.
Artisan winemaking techniques, such as cold soaking, early maceration and délestage were used to enhance and simultaneously soften the tannins, deepen the color and intensify the flavors. Aged 12 months in 87% French oak (18% new) and 13% American oak (4% new).
We are committed to producing only the finest quality wines from grapes grown in California’s cool coastal vineyards. We carefully match climates and soil types for each grape varietal, and then craft each vineyard lot throughout the entire winemaking process.