Wine Books and DVDsWine Gifts & Wine Accessories


2012 Kendall Jackson Merlot "Grand Reserve"

Winery: Kendall Jackson

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Grand Reserve"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 99% Merlot & 1% Cabernet Sauvignon & Malbec

Region: Sonoma County

State or country: CA

Price: $28

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 90 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: October 13, 2014

Wine Review: This opaque and very very dark ruby colored Merlot from Kendall Jackson opens with fragrant boysenberry and black raspberry bouquet. One the palate, this wine is medium bodied, robust and fruit forward. The flavor profile is a ripe blackberry jam with notes of anise, black cherry, and oak. I also detected a hint of boysenberry as well. The finish is dry and its fruit flavors and moderate tannins stick around for a long while. This Merlot from KJ is pretty robust. As a result, I would aerate it briefly and pair it with a thick and juicy Angus burger. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Red currant and mixed cherry flavors with background notes of chocolate and cedar box. The wine is smooth and the chalky tannins are refined and elegant through the lengthy finish. - Randy Ullom, Winemaster

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Kendall Jackson 2012 Grand Reserve Merlot.

Bookmark and Share




Subscribers: Have you tried this wine? Rate it.

(Not a subscriber? Sign up.)

E-mail address:

Rate this wine:

  • Unbelievable (100-98) (Perfect or just about)
  • Excellent (97-94) (Wine just blows you away. Just makes you yearn for more.)
  • Very Good Plus (93-90) (Wine to impress someone, but not blow them away.)
  • Very Good (89-87) (Has character, is well balanced, & distinctive.)
  • Good (86-84) (Drinkable, ordinary, & non-distinctive)
  • Did Not Like (Not recommended &/or poor)
Your comments on this wine:





Are all wines meant to be aged? No. In fact, perhaps 90% of today's wines are vinified for consumption within 2 years of the vintage.

Source: All About Wine Calendar - Richard Nidel

Decant; Decanting
View Definition & Glossary




Ken's Wine Guide
RSS Feed



Add to Google

Red Wine Reviews & Ratings | White Wine Reviews & Ratings | KensWineGuide.com Blog | Subscribe Here For E-Newsletters | Ken's Wine Reviews & Ratings
Advertising | Contact Us | Site Map | Disclaimer