I have been trying to keep consistent here, but both my Bride and I have been out of sorts for the entire month of January and half of February. Thankfully I had enough articles stockpiled and the most of the time I was able to keep up a flow of writing, as we both tried to keep each other in good shape. Though enough of that, I finally got a chance to visit our local wine shop The Fine Wine Source, where we have a club membership and I was able to pick up both the January selections as well as the February selections. When I got there, they were quite busy with a couple of couples and I really didn’t feel like disturbing the tastings that were going on. I figure that I can always go and do a tasting at another time, which is one of the joys of retirement, as they say, every day is a Saturday.
Kenwood Vineyards was established in 1970 in Sonoma. It was founded by the Lee family when they purchased the estate and winery of the Pagani Brothers that began in 1906 and were successful until Prohibition. In 1999 the winery was bought by F. Korbel and Bros. and in 2014 Kenwood was bought by the international beverage concern of Pernod Ricard. Kenwood Vineyards has twenty-two acres of estate vineyards and also sources fruit from dozens of other growers in Sonoma. The winery has been known for years for some of their Single-Vineyard wines, as well as some of their other collections. The first time that I ever had a wine from Kenwood Vineyards was their famed Jack London Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.
So, my newest wine is the Kenwood Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 2015. The fruit for this wine was sourced from vineyards in Sonoma, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys, hence the Sonoma County AVA. While the wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon, there are small amounts of Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc blended in, to add to the final product. The wine is described as being full-bodied with a nose promising black fruits and spice notes of nutmeg, sage and vanilla. It is noted to be balanced and lively with a nice long finish. I am sure that this wine will be perfect with a dinner or a party that is featuring plenty of red meats.