We still had the good fortune to do a tasting with Korbin Ming of Korbin Kameron Vineyard at The Fine Wine Source of Livonia, my go-to wine shop. Mitchell Ming first started drinking California wines in the Seventies and fell in love with the area after his first trip to Napa Valley. Unlike others, that only dream, he took his family out there and settled on a homestead high up on Mount Veeder and now has one-hundred-eighty-six acres for his family endeavor. His home over looks acres and acres of rolling hills and so high that it is sometimes above the clouds. Out of this, he created Moonridge Vineyards and the winery is named after his two twin children Korbin and Kameron. The third child Kristin, who is the Director of Design has also been remembered at the winery as well.
The Korbin Kameron Merlot Moon Mountain District 2015 is an Estate Grown wine and Merlots have been one of my favorites since I was a teenager. The Moon Mountain District AVA was awarded in 2013, so it is still basically a new designation from Sonoma County. This wine was aged for eighteen months in French Oak, of which half was new, and they produced two-hundred-ninety cases of this wine. In 2020 I had the good fortune to try four vintages of the Korbin Kameron Merlot of 2007, 2009 2011 and 2015. I was enraptured by the 2007, which we bought, but everyone else was in love with the 2015. I think the extra couple of years in the bottle really changed my mind, but then I am very partial to older reds. The 2015 was now showing me the virtues of good breeding that a Merlot needs, and it paid back with the nose of red fruits and spices, a taste of rich cherries and a charming silky tannin finish. We earmarked some of this wine to go home with us.
The Korbin Kameron Cabernet Franc Moon Mountain District 2016 is an Estate Grown wine and my Bride’s ears perked up when she heard about this wine, as it is her favorite grape. A mountain wine that spends eighteen months in French Oak, sounded just perfect. It was not the finest example of Cabernet Franc that we have had. We both thought that the wine was a bit thin, both in flavor and tannins, though the finish had some nice terroir, perhaps with some cellaring this wine will be totally different.