December 23 Wine of the Week

Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

(Every week Brambleberry Winery owners Chris and Sherry Hardie review a wine that is not their own. They have been writing a weekly wine column for more than 15 years. The wines are ranked on a 5-star system)

This iconic California winery is best known for its top-selling chardonnay but also makes some top-notch reds.

Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

The grapes for this Sonoma County vintage are all estate grown — 81 percent cabernet sauvignon, 9 percent petit verdot, 5 percent merlot, 3 percent cabernet franc and 2 percent malbec.

The blend brings some additional fruit and berry flavors to this medium-bodied wine that spends 16 months in barrels before bottling. It would pair nicely with a holiday prime rib or any other red meat on your menu.

Sherry: “Deep rich color with a bouquet of black currant and dry, strong tannins with flavors of black currant, black cherry and blueberry.” (3.5 stars out of 5)

Chris: “A bouquet of plum and spice with flavors of cherry and blueberry and long, dry tannins.” (3.5 stars out of 5)

Available from $22 to $26.

Coming next week: Premius Cremant de Bordeaux Brut

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