Review: 2012 Kendall Jackson Pinot Noir Vintners Reserve

Yes, the 2012 Kendall Jackson Pinot Noir Vintners Reserve was pungent and peppery, two characteristics I look for in Pinot Noir, but something was off. It felt like I was drinking a watered down version of other Pinots I like.


The flavors were loose at first, but they picked up as the wine headed toward the back of my tongue, but not enough to save me from being disappointed.

This plummy wine also tastes of vanilla and a soft mouth feel, so the tannins were pretty supple. If you’re into that, this is for you. If you’re like me and want a little more punch, grab something else, like the 2012 Melville Estate Pinot Noir.

Nuts & Bolts:

  • Winery: Kendall Jackson
  • Type: Pinot Noir
  • Origin: Santa Rosa
  • Vintage: 2012
  • Price: $15
  • Alcohol content: 13.5%
  • When to drink: When you want a less expensive Pinot and you’re not in the mood for something tightly wound.