Kendall Jackson Vintner's Reserve Pinot Noir, California, 2016
Vintner's Reserve. For more than two decades, my family has sourced fruit from our mountain and hillside vineyards to bring you world class wines. As a family owned winery, we go to extremes to ensure our wines are of the highest quality. This is demonstrated by our family's investment in a French stave mill. There, we search for the finest oak for our barrels. The timber is hand split in this mill and the staves are dried for two to three years. This natural process cures the oak, slowly softening the tannins. Finally, we retain several French and American coopers to handcraft the barrels. As far as I know, we're the only American winery that fashions and sources its barrels in this manner. Our Pinot Noir delivers black cherry fruit with velvet tannins found in hillside grapes along the North Coast, raspberry notes from the Monterey region that intertwine with plum and spice from benchland vineyards on the Santa Barbara Coast. The wine was aged in a mix of new and older French and American oak barrels that impart a hint of cola, vanilla and cedar aromas. Founder, Jess S. Jackson. Alc 13.5% by vol.