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Kenwood Merlot Cuvee R 005210 Kenwood Red 2007
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.
2009 Vintage - Garnet opaque hue, aromas of dried berries, game and spice; flavor notes of plums and boysenberries with good acidity and balance to a moderate finish.
Vile wine. I Added soda water to this and it became drinkable. It like being corked, but its not TCA, it was something else. Cork was in good condition. Is this wine for real, or did someone microwave this stuff and I'm missing something?
Standard merlot. Picked up on sale, very drinkable, far from "vile". Seems to be aging well.
External Reviews for Kenwood Merlot Cuvee R 005210 Kenwood Red
Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Fairly dense yet a touch withdrawn in the nose with hints of dark earth, tobacco and tea-leaf tied to a subtle note of black cherry fruit, this bottling follows as expected in the mouth and is a little tougher and less inviting than classic Merlot is wont to be. It is not wildly excessive in tannin, yet its shortfall of core fruit leaves it gritty and gruff all the same.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.
"Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Fairly dense yet a touch withdrawn in the nose with hints of dark earth
Food Pairings for Kenwood Merlot Cuvee R 005210 Kenwood Red
Complex aromas of cherries, loganberries and spice. Full-bodied with excellent structure, smooth tannins and a long finish.
26,597 cases produced.
Notes: 28 months in 82% French oak and 18% American oak barrels
|Total Acidity: 6.7 grams per liter|
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