Lime Kiln Valley Wine

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With only one winery, the Lime Kiln Valley AVA was granted its status in 1982, on petition from Enz Vineyards. A sub-region of Cienega Valley, this small appellation covers only 2,300 acres of land, with about 100 acres devoted to vineyards. Distinguished by predominantly sandy, gravelly loam, above dolomite and limestone, the AVA basks in warm summer temperatures of 85-95 degrees, with a large diurnal variation of up to 50 degrees. Though Lime Kiln is not a household name, it has occasionally been used on wine labels, notably an old vines’ Mouvedre, made by the Paso Robles-based Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

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  • Kenneth Volk Mourvedre Lime Kiln Valley Enz Vineyard 2006


    Up front on the nose, is bitter chocolate. Red and black fruit and freshly turned soil. On the palate, spicy tones and an almost zinfandel-like spice with rustic berry frame. It's richly flavored, but has high alcohol which detracts a bit. Good flavor, but it finishes rather hot. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • I'd make a lousy detective! I try to sniff out Mourvèdre/Mataró/Monastrell wherever it's grown & made but I was too...discreet to ask about any plantings on my visits to Calera & DeRose wineries in the neighboring Cienega Valley a few years back...

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  • Kenneth Volk Mourvedre Lime Kiln Valley Enz Vineyard 2006


    Inviting nose of sweet vanilla, mint/forest, hints of earth, leather, red fruit (cherry berry). Heavy on the tonque, nice acid, with lip-smacking, deep, and notably sour fruit (raspberry, red currant, and cherry) starting on the attack and continuing through the mid-palate and finish. Balanced but favors the fruit. Well-integrated, off-dry. ... Read More

    Wine review by dynowine


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