Kenwood Merlot Sonoma County 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2008 Vintage is the 34th release of the Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon from Kenwood Vineyards. The 2008 growing season began with a cool and dry spring that gave way to a warm and mild summer. The vines had a light crop load which added intensity to the flavor of the fruit. We harvested our Artist Series grapes at the peak of ripeness as the weather began to cool in October. The grapes were gently crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks at moderate temperatures, with careful attention to flavor and tannin development. The finished wines were then settled for clarity and racked off their lees into a careful selection of barrels. After 27 months of oak aging, the very best lots were identified with regard to flavor, balance and ageability, and blended to create this exceptional wine. After bottling, the Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon received an additional year and a half of aging before being released. Each year since the 1975 vintage, 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
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Snooth User: Mr Dolce
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Tasting Notes:

Fruit aromas of raspberry and plum are joined by aromatic notes of vanilla, nutmeg, and cedar cigar box. The mouth feel is full bodied with rich tannins and flavors of tart Morello Cherries finished with a hint of mint. Although this elegant and complex wine is delicious now, it can be aged for at least a decade.

Our 2008 Vintage is the 34th release of the Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon from Kenwood Vineyards. The 2008 growing season began with a cool and dry spring that gave way to a warm and mild summer. The vines had a light crop load which added intensity to the flavor of the fruit. We harvested our Artist Series grapes at the peak of ripeness as the weather began to cool in October. The grapes were gently crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks at moderate temperatures, with careful attention to flavor and tannin development. The finished wines were then settled for clarity and racked off their lees into a careful selection of barrels. After 27 months of oak aging, the very best lots were identified with regard to flavor, balance and ageability, and blended to create this exceptional wine. After bottling, the Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon received an additional year and a half of aging before being released. Each year since the 1975 vintage, 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.

1454 Cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 6.0 grams per liter

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