Here's my review of the Kendall Jackson 2011 Grand Reserve Chardonnay that I purchased from Costco a couple of months ago for $10.99. Its California county composition is 53% Monterey, 42% Santa Barbara and 5% Sonoma.
First thing I noticed is it comes with a pretty short cork. I guess it isn't meant for long-term storage.
My tasting confirmed my guess. The wine had a golden color, looking a bit older than what I would expect for something from 2011.
The tropical fruit aromas match the taste. It has a nice, full entry with lots of tropical fruit that is offset by juicy, zingy acidity. There's also a good dose of oak. To me it is in good proportion and there's lots of everything - a full bodied California Chardonnay. I liked it.
I'd say drink this wine now or in the near future because once the fruit starts to fade it will become unpleasant. Right now it is very full bodied and fresh, great for summer sipping. Enjoy it before it starts losing the abundant fruit and acidity.