Kenwood Merlot Sonoma Valley Reserve Massara Vineyard 2007
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.
Coffee and fennel on the nose, sort of chalky, with a pear/banana mouth.
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.
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.
Meaty aroma with a quick finish. Hints of vanilla, blackberry, capped with a woody finish
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Three and a half glasses
Food Pairings for Kenwood Merlot Sonoma Valley Reserve Massara Vineyard
Complex aromas of blueberries, cloves and orange zest; rich full mouthfeel with dense tannins and an excellent finish.
1,629 six bottle cases produced.
Aged 22 months in French Oak.
|Alcohol: 14.5%||pH: 3.48|