This classic, well-balanced
Merlot combines elegant structure with loads of fruity aromas of plums and
fresh berries that are combined with more aromatic notes of bay, cocoa nibs, and
vanilla. On the palate, it has an excellent mouthfeel with supple tannins and a
Kenwood Vineyards creates its award-winning Sonoma County
Merlot from vineyards located in Sonoma County’s best grape-growing appellations.
Our Estate Vineyard located in the heart
of the Sonoma Valley provides good color and excellent texture. The blend is balanced with grapes from the
warmer Dry Creek and Alexander Valley regions which have a more fruit-forward
character. The resulting wine is ripe, supple and well-proportioned.
After a long growing season the Merlot crop was harvested
in September and October of 2010 as the individual vineyards reached the peak
of ripeness and flavor. Each vineyard lot was fermented and aged separately in a
combination of French and American oak barrels for 20 months. After aging, the
wines were removed from barrels and blended for taste and balance, just prior to
bottling in July of 2012.
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