Kenwood Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes for this Pinot Noir were grown in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley viticultural appellation. The Russian River empties into the Pacific Ocean and serves as a channel for the cool ocean fog to move inland from the coast. Kenwood produces its Russian River blend from vineyards located off River Road, where the soil combined with the ocean’s cooling influence creates the ideal conditions for growing Pinot Noir. Fifty-five percent of the fruit was harvested from our estate Russian River vineyards. A touch of Syrah was added to the final blend to supply additional body and complexity. The 2011 vintage had a light crop load and an unusually cool growing season that preserved the grapes natural acidity and fresh fruit flavors. The vines were harvested in late September and early October, with ten percent of the harvest under¬going whole-berry fermentation in stainless steel tanks to preserve the fruity flavors of the grape. The wine was then aged in newer French oak barrels for 10 months. This vintage of our Pinot Noir serves up a delicious array of berry fruit flavors. The excellent aroma combined with its rich body and smooth tannins, makes for an exceptionally enjoyable wine.

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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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External Reviews for Kenwood Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
11/25/2013

Intense aromas of cherries and black raspberries followed by subtle aromas of rose petals and spice; rich, full-bodied texture with a smooth, long finish.



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Tasting Notes:

Excellent aroma of raspberry, plum and lavender join with notes of nutmeg and forest floor; bright acidity with smooth tannins and a lasting finish.

The grapes for this Pinot Noir were grown in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley viticultural appellation. The Russian River empties into the Pacific Ocean and serves as a channel for the cool ocean fog to move inland from the coast. Kenwood produces its Russian River blend from vineyards located off River Road, where the soil combined with the ocean’s cooling influence creates the ideal conditions for growing Pinot Noir. Fifty-five percent of the fruit was harvested from our estate Russian River vineyards. A touch of Syrah was added to the final blend to supply additional body and complexity. The 2011 vintage had a light crop load and an unusually cool growing season that preserved the grapes natural acidity and fresh fruit flavors. The vines were harvested in late September and early October, with ten percent of the harvest under¬going whole-berry fermentation in stainless steel tanks to preserve the fruity flavors of the grape. The wine was then aged in newer French oak barrels for 10 months. This vintage of our Pinot Noir serves up a delicious array of berry fruit flavors. The excellent aroma combined with its rich body and smooth tannins, makes for an exceptionally enjoyable wine.

Dietary Information: Vegan

43629 produced.

Closure: Cork

Notes: 10 months in 1 to 3 year old French oak barrels

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 6.1 grams per liter

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