Kenwood Merlot Sonoma Valley Reserve Massara Vineyard 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

2007 started with a cold and dry spring that gave way to a mild summer with a warm spell in late August. The fall weather was mild, slowly ripening the grapes until they were picked in late September and October. After being harvested, they were crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks for 12 to 17 days. The wine was then aged in French oak barrels for 22 months. After aging, the wines were tasted, selected and blended before being bottled in June of 2009.

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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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Member Reviews for Kenwood Merlot Sonoma Valley Reserve Massara Vineyard

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4.00 5
07/26/2010

Bright red cherry aromas, very inviting. Warm spice and good structure, tar and black cherry, eucalyptus and leather. Nice long finish with a bit of tannic pucker.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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4.00 5
07/26/2010

Coffee and fennel on the nose, sort of chalky, with a pear/banana mouth.


Snooth User: Philip James
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3.50 5
07/24/2010

Rich merlot with good depth and body. Cedar, cherry and coco flavors. Nice dusty tannins on the mid palate, moving to bramble and woodsy cedar notes on the finish.


Snooth User: amn2110
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4.00 5
07/26/2010

Meaty aroma with a quick finish. Hints of vanilla, blackberry, capped with a woody finish


Snooth User: Dexter Krishnan
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0.00 5
03/26/2012

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Snooth User: ElChamucoBlanco
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3.50 5
11/26/2011

Three and a half glasses



Tasting Notes:

Complex aromas of blueberries, cloves and orange zest; rich full mouthfeel with dense tannins and an excellent finish.

2007 started with a cold and dry spring that gave way to a mild summer with a warm spell in late August. The fall weather was mild, slowly ripening the grapes until they were picked in late September and October. After being harvested, they were crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks for 12 to 17 days. The wine was then aged in French oak barrels for 22 months. After aging, the wines were tasted, selected and blended before being bottled in June of 2009.

1,629 six bottle cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Aged 22 months in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.48

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