Kenwood Vineyards creates its award-winning Sonoma County Merlot from vineyards located in the Sonoma, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys. Grapes sourced from
Sonoma Valley provide good color and excellent texture. The blend is balanced with fruit from the warmer Dry Creek and Alexander Valley regions that grow grapes with a more fruit forward character. The resulting wine is ripe, supple and well-proportioned.
The vintage of 2007 had a warm summer followed by a mild fall that gently ripened the grapes. The Merlot crop was harvested in September and October as the individual vineyards reached the peak of ripeness and flavor. Each vineyard lot was fermented and aged separately in French & American oak barrels for 22 months. After aging, the wines were removed from barrels and blended for taste and balance just prior to bottling in July and August of 2009. A touch of Cabernet Sauvignon was blended into the final wine for additional complexity.
This wonderfully approachable Merlot is an ideal complement to pasta dishes as well as roasted beef and pork.
98% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: 60% Sonoma Valley, 23% Dry Creek Valley, 17%Alexander Valley
Aging: 22 months in French and
American oak barrels
Production: 36,554 cases
Bottled: July & August 2009
Tasting Date: July 2010
Country: California, Sonoma County
Retail Price on Tasting Date: $11.99