JACKSON FAMILY WINES
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.