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’03 Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot

In the pantheon of wine industry luminaries, there is no way you can’t call Jess Jackson one of the leading lights.  He doesn’t have the mythology of Mondavi, but just the same he’s cut a large national profile with his everyday drinkers like the ubiquitous Kendall-Jackson Vintners Reserve Chardonnay. 

Clearly Jackson is a figure that through his own iconoclasm has created the very antithesis of just that notion—a model that others have followed:  wine, a variable product, wrought variable through artful blending.  Yellowtail and other wines at higher price points all owe a debt of gratitude to this model championed by Jackson and modeled from other consumer goods like McDonald’s and Starbucks.

In fact, a recent LA Times articles makes that same exact analogy in a nice piece that examines Jackson’s influence, albeit at a very high level.  And, separately, In a quote that is simple in its beauty, Jackson is quoted as saying regarding his entry into the wine business, “I was attracted by the lifestyle. I wanted to get away from law and become a farmer ...”

Silently, a nation of wine drinkers nod their head in agreement.

You can read the article here.

For my review of the ’03 Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot, please hit this link.


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On 09/10, Mikey wrote:

This wine has a great taste. I will buy few bottles for the Christmas.


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