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2014 Kendall Jackson Pinot Noir "Jackson Estate"

Winery: Kendall Jackson

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Jackson Estate"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Anderson Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $32

Cases produced: 5,874

KWG Score: 91 (based on 4 reviews)

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

Review date: September 17, 2016

Wine Review: This very very dark violet colored Pinot Noir opens with mild black raspberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and very smooth. The flavor profile is an old oak influenced mild black raspberry with notes of gentle minerality. I also detected a bit of black pepper and a hint of cola. The finish is dry and its flavors are nicely prolonged. This Pinot is very food friendly and a bit of a quaffer. I would serve this Pinot with a homemade roast beef sandwich au jus. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The wine shows its cool-climate origins in bright acidity, accenting the rich flavors of blueberries, black cherries, cola and dusty spices. Firm minerality grounds the wine. The tannins are powerful, yet with silkiness on the finish, while oak barrel aging brings a smoky, sandalwood note. Beautiful to drink now on release, this Pinot will age well over the next six-plus years easily.

Organic status: not organic

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