The grapes for this Pinot Noir were grown in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley viticultural appellation. The Russian River empties into the Pacific Ocean and serves as a channel for the cool ocean fog to move inland from the coast. Kenwood produces its Russian River blend from vineyards located off River Road, where the soil combined with the ocean’s cooling influence creates the ideal conditions for growing Pinot Noir. Seventy percent of the grapes were grown on estate vineyards. A small amount of Syrah was added to the final blend to supply additional body and complexity.
The 2008 vintage had low yields but produced superior quality grapes. The vines were harvested in September and early October with ten percent of the harvest undergoing whole-berry fermentation in stainless steel tanks to preserve the fruity flavors of the grape. The wine was then aged in newer French oak barrels for eleven months. This vintage of our Pinot Noir serves up a delicious array of cherry and fresh fruit flavors
combined with spicy notes and smooth tannins that make for an exceptionally enjoyable wine.
This refreshing, fruity Pinot Noir is wonderfully versatile on the table and can be served with a wide range of foods, including pork, chicken, lamb and salmon.
Composition: 98% Pinot Noir, 2% Syrah
Appellation: 97% Russian River Valley, 2% Sonoma Valley, 1% Carneros
Aging: 11 months in 1 to 3 year old
French oak barrels
Production: 22,069 cases
Bottled: August 2009
Tasting Date: July 2010
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Retail Price on Tasting Date: $11.99