Review: Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Summation Red Blend

Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Summation Red Blend

Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Summation Red Blend is an interesting wine for me. I drink a lot of red blends, but they are usually lower end wines. What Kendall-Jackson has done with the Summation is to take their same dedication and know-how that they apply to their other varietals and use it to make one of the better red blends that I have ever had (and do so at an affordable price).

The Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Summation Red Blend is a blend of just about everything. For the 2009 vintage, that included 43% Zinfandel, 24% Syrah, 21% Merlot, 5% Grenache, 4% Petite Sirah, and 3% other varietals. KJ, in their owns words, is striving to blend a wine that is, “smoother than Cabernet Sauvignon, richer than Merlot, more balanced than Zinfandel.” I don’t know if I would quite agree with all those superlatives, but I would agree that this wine is delicious.

I found this bottle of Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Summation Red Blend for $12. That price for a wine this good is simply a steal. If you see a bottle for anywhere around that price, I recommend you grab it quickly and enjoy it yourself.