JACK­SON FAM­ILY WINES

Food & Wine - - BOTTLE SERVICE -

It’s a safe bet that most of the mil­lions of fans of Kendall-Jack­son’s Vint­ner’s Re­serve Chardon­nay don’t re­al­ize ex­actly how many winer­ies this Sonomabased fam­ily (now headed by the late Jess Jack­son’s wife, Bar­bara Banke) owns. The an­swer is 40, mak­ing wines from $13 a bot­tle to al­most $400. The se­cret to their sus­tained qual­ity? The fam­ily’s seem­ingly unerring eye for wine­mak­ing tal­ent.

2016 Ken­dal­lJack­son Vint­ner’s Re­serve Chardon­nay

Wine­mas­ter Randy Ul­lom’s lat­est re­lease of­fers all the rich­ness and lemon cream fla­vors fans of this wine ex­pect.

2015 Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Co-founder and wine­maker Greg Brewer’s deft touch is a huge as­set, as shown in this spicy, fra­grant Pinot.

2015 Hick­in­botham The Re­vival­ist Mer­lot

Wine­maker Chris Car­pen­ter’s su­perb Aus­tralian Mer­lot is sa­vory, al­most gamey, and full of black cherry fruit.

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