Kenwood Merlot Sonoma County 2008

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Fruit aromas of raspberry and plum are joined by aromatic notes of vanilla, nutmeg, and cedar cigar box. The mouth f...

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453542 Snooth User: Mr Dolce
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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.

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.

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1454 Cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Chemical Analysis:

Total Acidity: 6.0 grams per liter

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