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Perception & Reality: the origin of wine quality and wine character

A thorough review of Kendall-Jackson's Grand Reserve wines and their substantive origins

Lawrence OBrien

on 15 September 2015

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Transcript of Perception & Reality: the origin of wine quality and wine character

Wine quality
Perception & Reality
13K planted coastal acres: benches, hillsides and mountain tops
Would you agree that quality begins in the vineyard?
Kellogg Vineyard Knights Valley
Camelot Highlands Santa Maria Valley
Trace Ridge Knights Valley
Trace Ridge Knights Valley
Trace Ridge Knights Valley
Trace Ridge Knights Valley
So we own great vineyards, but how do we farm them?
Intense focus on optimal quantity, maximum quality and...
Innovation in the vineyard and the winery...
Panorama Vineyard, 408 acres, is the largest high density vineyard in America
3' X 4' or approximately 3630 vines per acre
Pellenc Selectiv' On Board Harvesters
use of optical sorters for both large and small volume wineries
50% owner of Merrain International stave mill in France
Business partners with Cooperage 1912 of MO
Amazing vineyards, precise, methodical farming and a team of all-star winemakers
The best vineyard management in CA...
Randy Ullom
“I look at all of the vineyards we own, and all of the individual lots of wines that we make, and the thousands of barrels we have sitting in our cellar and sometimes I think, you gotta be kidding me! After I’ve sufficiently recovered from my daily panic attack, I take off my coat, dig in my heels and take it one barrel at a time. It’s a rewarding job that I love.”
Mark Theis
Matt Smith
Fritz Meier
Innovation in the vineyard and the winery...
A team of over 100 top professionals in their field...
Academic expertise
Countless years of practical experience
Geographical specialization
The most contemporary equipment & materials
The Sum of These Parts
Big in Context
Gallo - 75,000,000
The Wine Group - 62,000,000
Constellation - 47,000,000
Treasury - 18,000,000
Trinchero - 16,500,000
Ste. Michelle - 7,300,000
Diageo - 6,000,000
Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone - 3,500,000
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