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Kenwood Merlot Sonoma 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

After two and a half weeks of fermentation on the skins, the young wine was gently pressed and allowed to settle for five weeks before being placed into small oak barrels. After two years of aging the best individual barrels were carefully selected from our premier vineyard lots and blended together to form the 2009 Artist Series blend. Following bottling, the wine was aged an additional 18 months so it would be at the peak of flavor upon release. For 35 vintages, our winemakers taste individual barrels of our finest lots of Cabernet Sauvignon at the end of aging and select only the best to become part of the Artist Series blend. The result is a true “reserve” wine that represents less than 2 percent of our Cabernet Sauvignon production.

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Kenwood Vineyards:
Located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, Kenwood Vineyards is dedicated to producing premium wines truly representative of Sonoma County’s world-class vineyards. Kenwood Vineyards was established in 1970 in the former Pagani Brothers Winery, a historic cellar dating back to 1906. Thoroughly refurbished and modernized, the facility now boasts more than 125 stainless steel fermenting tanks... Read more
Located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, Kenwood Vineyards is dedicated to producing premium wines truly representative of Sonoma County’s world-class vineyards. Kenwood Vineyards was established in 1970 in the former Pagani Brothers Winery, a historic cellar dating back to 1906. Thoroughly refurbished and modernized, the facility now boasts more than 125 stainless steel fermenting tanks and large oak uprights, and 20,000 small French and American oak barrels, all devoted to Kenwood Vineyards’ “small lot” style of winemaking. In addition to the 22-acre vineyard surrounding the winery, Kenwood Vineyards sources grapes from dozens of vineyards – many farmed sustainably, using natural soil amendments and pest controls whenever possible rather than chemicals - in Sonoma County’s best appellations, including Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Mountain. Each lot from each vineyard is kept separate throughout the winemaking process, enabling the winemaker to bring it to its fullest potential. This “small lot” or “cuvee” style of winemaking also enables the winemaker to draw on an exceptionally broad “palette” to assemble wines that showcase classic character, subtle complexity and superb balance. As a result, every Kenwood Vineyards wine – whether Table Wine Series, Sonoma Series, Reserve, Jack London Vineyard or Artist Series – is consistent in quality and consistently delicious. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Kenwood Merlot Sonoma

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
0.00 5
06/11/2012

Jammy and plummy with a nice black currant and Zinberry character on the nose, framed with light charred cedar oak aromas. Light-bodied and fresh in the mouth with a nice cherry tone. This is dry and firm, a smaller wine that sweetens slightly on the back end but remains well balanced and rather subdued right through the modest finish. A smaller scaled table wine that has not succumbed to the “more sweet fruit is better” meme. 85pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.50 5
01/14/2014

Tight and slightly leafy on the nose with hints of black tea and tobacco layered over sweet edged black cherry and currant fruit. This shows attractive complexity already. Broad, supple and very well balanced in the mouth with an attractive transparent texture and rather [ure and bright black currant and mulberry flavors supported by well judged oak and some lovely tea and dried herb acetns. There’s some pencil lead that emerges on the backend where the wine shows more red cherry, sour cherry fruit before fading gently on the cedar and vanilla laced finish. Easy to drink but not facile, this will drink well early. 92pts


Member Reviews for Kenwood Merlot Sonoma

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.60 5
01/14/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: EMark
8478046,671
3.00 5
08/16/2012

Medium weight purple color in the glass. Some volatiles on the nose. Nice on the tongue. Medium weght, not a whole lot of fruit. A bit of a minty overtone. No tannin at all. Very pleasant, brief finish. Love the price--US$6.03 at Winco.


Snooth User: Mastadon
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0.00 5
06/13/2012

Dry, well balanced and slightly unremarkable in many ways, but perfectly delicious and great for just about any occasion. This is more Old World than New World, and quite the bargain to boot. It’s a light and fresh wine so don’t overpower it with big, smoky and sweet flavors, instead go for something with simple, clean flavors. Gently grilled pork chops marinated in mustard, white wine and sage are always delicious and would be the perfect yin to this wine’s yang.



Tasting Notes:

Aromas of black raspberries, cassis, with a touch of “dusty earth.” The fruity notes are joined by aromatic hints of mint, licorice, and white pepper. A full flavored and big bodied wine with excellent depth and structure. Silky tannins provide for a long and pleasant finish.

After two and a half weeks of fermentation on the skins, the young wine was gently pressed and allowed to settle for five weeks before being placed into small oak barrels. After two years of aging the best individual barrels were carefully selected from our premier vineyard lots and blended together to form the 2009 Artist Series blend. Following bottling, the wine was aged an additional 18 months so it would be at the peak of flavor upon release. For 35 vintages, our winemakers taste individual barrels of our finest lots of Cabernet Sauvignon at the end of aging and select only the best to become part of the Artist Series blend. The result is a true “reserve” wine that represents less than 2 percent of our Cabernet Sauvignon production.

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1016 produced.

Closure: Cork

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.55
Total Acidity: 6.5 grams per liter

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