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Kenwood Vineyards Sonoma County Chardonnay 2011

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Combining grapes from the cool climate regions of southern Sonoma Valley and the Russian River Valley, Kenwood's Sonoma County Chardonnay nicely balances the classic fruit flavors of this varietal with subtle notes of French oak aging. The 2011 vintage was marked by a light crop load and a temperate growing season. The cool weather produced Chardonnay with excellent structure and crisp acidity. Beginning in mid September, the grapes were picked by hand and brought to the winery for whole cluster pressing. After harvest, two thirds of the juice was fermented in French oak and aged on the lees for five months to add viscosity and complexity to the blend. The remaining juice was fermented in stainless steel to retain a fresh natural flavor. After fermentation, the barrel lots used in the blend underwent a secondary malolactic fermentation to enhance the rich, round flavors.

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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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Editorial Reviews for Kenwood Vineyards Sonoma County Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,171
3.50 5
12/18/2012

Vanilla cream, green apple and lime leaf greets the nose along with a touch of golden raisin. A bit tight on entry with a touch of dissolved CO2 adding a bit of a prickle on the palate. Once you get past that this is fairly dry and nicely complex with an earthy streak of apple fruit layered over hints of butter, vanilla, and gentle mineral tones. Really kind of tense and restrained for a wine at this price point, there's a hint of tannin on the finish, which is long and fairly complex. Solid value. 87pts Acidity: Medium Perceived Sweetness: Low Oak: Low Spicy Flavors: Medium Low Savory Flavors: Medium Low Fruity Flavors: Medium Intensity of Flavor: Medium Weight in Mouth: Medium


External Reviews for Kenwood Vineyards Sonoma County Chardonnay

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
02/05/2013

Aromas of green apples and Asian pears followed by notes of tropical fruit and French oak, lush and viscous mouth feel with a lingering, slightly crisp finish.



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Tasting Notes:

Aromas of ripe pears and Meyer lemon combine with gingerbread and vanilla notes, lush and viscous mouthfeel with a crisp mineral quality to the finish.

Combining grapes from the cool climate regions of southern Sonoma Valley and the Russian River Valley, Kenwood's Sonoma County Chardonnay nicely balances the classic fruit flavors of this varietal with subtle notes of French oak aging. The 2011 vintage was marked by a light crop load and a temperate growing season. The cool weather produced Chardonnay with excellent structure and crisp acidity. Beginning in mid September, the grapes were picked by hand and brought to the winery for whole cluster pressing. After harvest, two thirds of the juice was fermented in French oak and aged on the lees for five months to add viscosity and complexity to the blend. The remaining juice was fermented in stainless steel to retain a fresh natural flavor. After fermentation, the barrel lots used in the blend underwent a secondary malolactic fermentation to enhance the rich, round flavors.

78691 produced.

Closure: Stelvin

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 6.9 grams per liter

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