Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay is both a wine and a legend. Widely loved and respected, its roots (well, not literally its vine roots!) have never been unearthed by many of its fans.
It began with a retirement project for a hard-working attorney and visionary named Jess Jackson. Jess found an orchard in Lake County – not in Napa, not in Sonoma – that he thought would be the perfect respite from his yellow legal pads and courtroom negotiations.
His vision was to replant the orchard to grapes. New wine industry friends thought Jess was crazy to plant Chardonnay. Ironically, most of what America drank in the late-seventies was bulk produced, near-tasteless “White Burgundy” that didn’t have a drop of Chardonnay in it. (Chardonnay is the grape of white wine from Burgundy, France.) Jess wanted a quality wine with flavor to match — accessible, fruit-driven flavor. Chardonnay – especially Jess’ version of it – delivers just that.
As Jess was determined to bring America the best, he knew he’d have to find more grapes than his Lake County vineyard provided. He wanted to craft a high-quality wine that was accessible and available to all.