Imagine having enjoyed ten wines from Korbin Kameron and knowing that there are still four more bottles to try while I was at The Fine Wine Source in Livonia, Michigan. Well, we already had discovered that Mitchell and Jenny Ming had twins Korbin and Kameron, but they also had a third child Kristin, who eventually became the Director of Design for Moonridge Vineyards and Korbin Kameron Vineyards. Kristin has the honor of having inspired Cuvée Kristin.
While the last nine wines that we had tasted were either Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, the next and final four wines that we tried were Blended Red Wines, and all carried the Sonoma Valley AVA. These wines also were aged in French Oak, of which seventy percent were new and aged for eighteen months. The Korbin Kameron Estate Blend Red Wine Cuvée Kristin 2007 was thirty-one percent Cabernet Sauvignon, twenty-eight percent Merlot, nineteen percent Cabernet Franc, thirteen percent Malbec and nine percent Petit Verdot. There were seven-hundred-sixty cases made and this wine was a big Bordeaux style wine and the additional aging even made it more elegant and I wrote “wow” and I know that I will be drummed out of the wine bloggers group for that erudite description. The Korbin Kameron Estate Blend Red Wine Cuvée Kristin 2009 was a blend of thirty-nine percent Merlot, twenty-five percent Cabernet Franc, eighteen percent Malbec, nine percent Petit Verdot and nine percent Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine had three-hundred-fifty cases made and I had written Pomerol/ Saint-Emilion, because it was more elegant and the tannins and spices were just so pleasing. The Korbin Kameron Estate Blend Red Wine Cuvée Kristin 2011 was thirty percent Cabernet Sauvignon, twenty percent Petit Verdot, twenty percent Malbec, seventeen percent Merlot and thirteen percent Cabernet Franc. There were two-hundred cases made of this wine and it was a big chewy red that would stain your teeth and have you wanting more. As you can see, these were not repetitive of prior vintages and they were looking for the best qualities of the grapes to shine.
The last wine of the tasting I separated, not so much because it was different from the other three, but the labeling had changed and I thought it worthy to mention. The last wine we tasted was the Korbin Kameron Proprietary Red Wine “Kristin” Moon Mountain District AVA 2015. The wine had a new name and a new designation. This blend was forty percent Cabernet Sauvignon, thirty percent Petit Verdot, twelve percent Cabernet Franc, twelve percent Malbec and six percent Merlot. There were one-hundred-twenty-four cases produced and I detected more black fruits, spice and a bit more terroir. Of the blends there really was not a bad wine as they were each so distinct, but I was really impressed with the 2009 vintage, but I was in the minority once again with the group that I was tasting with.