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Kenwood Merlot Sonoma Valley Reserve Massara Vineyard 2004

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The 2004 Reserve Merlot was selected from choice barrel lots produced from our best vineyards located in Sonoma County’s finest appellations. The small production of 816 cases represents less than one percent of our total Merlot production. The 2004 growing season is known for the light crop and the rich, ripe flavors that it produced. Harvested in late-September and October, the grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks for 10 to 17 days. The wine was then aged in French oak barrels for 24 months. Multi-layered aromas of raspberries, red currents and mint are followed by a touch of vanilla oak and a rich smooth finish.

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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: John Andrews
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3.50 5
03/23/2009

This is surprisingly good. Plum, raspberry and a bit earthiness in the nose. Decent acidity, nice smokiness, some oak and nice dark fruit.


External Reviews for Kenwood Merlot Sonoma Valley Reserve Massara Vineyard

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesIntense aromas of raspberries, plums and cinnamon are followed by a touch of vanilla oak and velvety tannins.



The 2004 Reserve Merlot was selected from choice barrel lots produced from our best vineyards located in Sonoma County’s finest appellations. The small production of 816 cases represents less than one percent of our total Merlot production. The 2004 growing season is known for the light crop and the rich, ripe flavors that it produced. Harvested in late-September and October, the grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks for 10 to 17 days. The wine was then aged in French oak barrels for 24 months. Multi-layered aromas of raspberries, red currents and mint are followed by a touch of vanilla oak and a rich smooth finish.

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