Fruity aromas of dried cherries and black raspberries combine with aromatic notes of thyme, sage and a touch of mint vanilla. The wine has a rich, full-bodied mouthfeel with an excellent finish. Concentrated and slightly dense, this comes from a lovely property still farmed independently by one of the original founders of Kenwood Vineyards. A deft core of mint and herbal spice makes the wine intriguing, surrounded by juicier black cherry and berry. Soft and supple, it’s fairly priced.
Since the 1977 vintage, Kenwood Vineyardshas been granted the exclusive rights toproduce and market wines from Jack London'shistoric vineyard in Glen Ellen. This uniquered-volcanic soil vineyard, located on theeastern slope of Sonoma Mountain, was firstplanted in the late 1800’s. It has alwaysproduced red wines distinct in depth andvarietal character.
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.