Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay is a wine that reviewers love to hate but that people love to drink. Before I set about reviewing this myself, I put a lot of thought into why such negative feelings abound all across the internets about this wine. I think it less about the wine and more about Kendall Jackson itself. Kendall Jackson is the exact opposite of artisan, small batch, exorbitantly expensive, hard to find wines that seem to often get the best reviews. Instead, you can get it at just about every supermarket, its hugely mass produced, and it is available for $14. There is nothing cool about that, but it does not mean that the wine tastes bad.
To test my theory, I had some people blind taste the Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay and every single one of them liked it. They praised the oak and butter flavors complimented by just the right amount of fruit. It was labeled smooth and mellow, going down quite easy. It is not a wine without flaws, with the biggest complaint being a lack of complexity.
Basically, the Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay is an incredibly solid Chardonnay that will please just about everyone you serve it to, especially if they do not know what it is. It is not the most exciting wine, though it is good, consistent wine for drinkers of all persuasions. I recommend you overcome the KJ hate and serve a bottle of this for your next dinner party.