Kenneth Volk Zinfandel Lime Kiln Valley Enz Vineyard 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

"This elegant, garnet-colored wine is medium bodied and has aromas of ripe plum and raspberry, cracked pepper corns, black licorice and confectionary spice. On the palate, this wine is rich without being heavy with flavors of blackberry, cherry and sarsaparilla. Our 2009 Zinfandel is a versatile wine and can be enjoyed with grilled and barbecued meats and vegetables or hearty red sauced pastas. This wine was awarded Double Gold, Best in Region and Best in State at the 2012 California State fair.The Enz Vineyard is located in Lime Kiln Valley, an American Viticulture Area. Lime Kiln Valley is located in the rugged Gavilan Mountains in San Benito County, twenty four miles east of Monterey Bay and directly adjacent to the San Andreas Fault. The geology of Lime Kiln Valley is truly unique. The tectonic activity of the San Andreas Fault pushed and tilted former horizontal beds of marine limestone to vertical columns protruding from the steep granite mountain sides that shape the valley. The vineyards are planted on the rolling terraces at the base of the mountains. They have deep top soils of decomposed granite which overlay granite and limestone bedrock. At the end of the 19th century, this historic valley was home to several hundred residents who were involved with the mining and kilning of limestone for the production of quicklime. The quicklime was in great demand for the construction of San Francisco and Santa Clara." -Winery

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Kenneth Volk Vineyards:
Kenneth Volk Vineyards is located on Tepusquet Road, in the northeastern portion of the Santa Maria Valley AVA in Santa Barbara County, California. The property is located at the mouth of Tepusquet Canyon on the Sisquoc River Bench. The vineyard and winery property was formerly the "original" Byron Winery (the "new" Byron Winery is located next door), established by Ken Byron Brown in 1981. I... Read more
Kenneth Volk Vineyards is located on Tepusquet Road, in the northeastern portion of the Santa Maria Valley AVA in Santa Barbara County, California. The property is located at the mouth of Tepusquet Canyon on the Sisquoc River Bench. The vineyard and winery property was formerly the "original" Byron Winery (the "new" Byron Winery is located next door), established by Ken Byron Brown in 1981. In 1994 the winery was acquired by the Robert Mondavi Winery Corporation. Ken Volk purchased the building and land at the end of 2004, after over a year of negotiations. The sale included the winery and vineyard only - no brands, no wine, and no on-going business venture. Ken was attracted to the property for a variety of reasons, including its beautiful, tranquil location along the ever-flowing Tepusquet Creek, and the oak and sycamore riparian habitat surrounding the winery. Another blessed feature of the site is its adjacency to some of the top Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards in Santa Barbara wine country. As well, being located up Tepusquet Canyon, the winery is out of the wind tunnel of the Santa Maria mesa. Ken describes the facility as a winery "fixer-upper." No maintenance, preventative or otherwise, had been done since the property changed hands in 1994. Ken spent much of 2005, and much of his resources, creating an efficient, sanitary and safe working environment appropriate for the production of luxury class wines. Ken reinsulated the production bays, installed fire sprinklers, re-plumbed the water system, and installed a proper ventilation and night-air fan system among other infrastructure improvements. Ken also brought in substantially improved crushing and pressing equipment to facilitate gentle and efficient fruit processing. The 12 acre property includes a 4 acre vineyard that was planted in 1981 to own-rooted Wente Clone Chardonnay. This fruit was used for the 2005 Estate Chardonnay. Read less
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External Reviews for Kenneth Volk Zinfandel Lime Kiln Valley Enz Vineyard

External Review
Vintage: 2007 02/09/2012

Originally planted in 1895, this head trained, dry farmed vineyard continues to flourish, producing delicious aromatic wines.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 07/06/2011

Winemaker's Notes - Lime Kiln Valley is one of the oldest but least known American Viticultural Areas in California. Adjacent to the San Andreas Fault, the Enz Vineyard is in the rugged Gavilan Mountains located 24 miles east of Monterey Bay. Lime Kiln Valley supported an active lime quarry which produced quicklime for much of the mortar and construction of San Francisco in the late 1800 s. Originally planted in 1895, this head trained, dry farmed vineyard continues to flourish, producing delicious aromatic wines.



"This elegant, garnet-colored wine is medium bodied and has aromas of ripe plum and raspberry, cracked pepper corns, black licorice and confectionary spice. On the palate, this wine is rich without being heavy with flavors of blackberry, cherry and sarsaparilla. Our 2009 Zinfandel is a versatile wine and can be enjoyed with grilled and barbecued meats and vegetables or hearty red sauced pastas. This wine was awarded Double Gold, Best in Region and Best in State at the 2012 California State fair.The Enz Vineyard is located in Lime Kiln Valley, an American Viticulture Area. Lime Kiln Valley is located in the rugged Gavilan Mountains in San Benito County, twenty four miles east of Monterey Bay and directly adjacent to the San Andreas Fault. The geology of Lime Kiln Valley is truly unique. The tectonic activity of the San Andreas Fault pushed and tilted former horizontal beds of marine limestone to vertical columns protruding from the steep granite mountain sides that shape the valley. The vineyards are planted on the rolling terraces at the base of the mountains. They have deep top soils of decomposed granite which overlay granite and limestone bedrock. At the end of the 19th century, this historic valley was home to several hundred residents who were involved with the mining and kilning of limestone for the production of quicklime. The quicklime was in great demand for the construction of San Francisco and Santa Clara." -Winery

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