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Kenwood Vineyards Merlot Jack London Vineyard Sonoma 2011

External Review by We Speak Wine:

TASTING NOTES: Flavorful aromas of plum and fig combine with delicate hints of allspice and vanilla. A full bodied wine with structured tannins and a long excellent finish. The Jack London Vineyard creates distinctive red wines that have a loyal following throughout the world. The red volcanic soil and pleasantly warm climate of this hillside location combine to produce rich, full­bodied wines. Located on Sonoma Mountain with a southeastern exposure, this vineyard is above the fog level and gets early morning sun followed by late afternoon breezes that temper the day's most extreme heat. The result of this exceptional terroir is grapes of great distinction that make wines with superb flavor and deep, rich color. The 2011 vintage had a mild growing season with moderate temperatures and rainfall. The harvest of the Jack London Merlot began in mid‐October with low yields but good quality fruit. After picking, the grapes were crushed and then fermented in stainless steel before aging in French and American oak barrels for 22 months. After aging, the wine was removed from barrels and blended with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah for complexity and balance. FOOD PAIRINGS The rich fruit flavors found in this Merlot complement a wide range of dishes, including braised beef, rich stews and pastas. - Winery Composition: 88% Melot 8% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Syrah Alcohol: 13.5%

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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

External Reviews for Kenwood Vineyards Merlot Jack London Vineyard Sonoma

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
03/13/2015

TASTING NOTES: Flavorful aromas of plum and fig combine with delicate hints of allspice and vanilla. A full bodied wine with structured tannins and a long excellent finish. The Jack London Vineyard creates distinctive red wines that have a loyal following throughout the world. The red volcanic soil and pleasantly warm climate of this hillside location combine to produce rich, full­bodied wines. Located on Sonoma Mountain with a southeastern exposure, this vineyard is above the fog level and gets early morning sun followed by late afternoon breezes that temper the day's most extreme heat. The result of this exceptional terroir is grapes of great distinction that make wines with superb flavor and deep, rich color. The 2011 vintage had a mild growing season with moderate temperatures and rainfall. The harvest of the Jack London Merlot began in mid‐October with low yields but good quality fruit. After picking, the grapes were crushed and then fermented in stainless steel before aging in French and American oak barrels for 22 months. After aging, the wine was removed from barrels and blended with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah for complexity and balance. FOOD PAIRINGS The rich fruit flavors found in this Merlot complement a wide range of dishes, including braised beef, rich stews and pastas. - Winery Composition: 88% Melot 8% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Syrah Alcohol: 13.5%




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