Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Syrah 2013 – 86 Pts.

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I recently heard a story that my favorite sommelier at our favorite local eatery had an affinity for Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay, and in fact had picked it first in a blind taste test of some truly excellent Chardonnays. True or not, it reminded me that price doesn’t always equate to quality, especially in the world of wine.

Dark and long legged, a big, aromatic nose of raspberry and spice leads into a flavor profile that includes the aforementioned, then follows it up with hints of cinnamon, woodsmoke, and more bright fruits. Fine tannins make for some structure, and formidable acidity prevents it from being perfectly balanced, although it opens up in time making it smooth and easy-drinking. All things considered, I’m enjoying it quite a bit right now, especially given the excellent QPR; I got it on sale tonight for $10/bottle.

Some mass-produced wines taste mass-produced. This one does not. Regularly scoring in the mid to high 80’s to low 90’s in Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator, it gets full marks for value and 86 points on my scale. Recommended.

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