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Date Printed: 7/25/2014
Kenwood Merlot 2003
Kenwood Merlot 2003
(search item no. 87086)

PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $16.79

Winemaker's Notes:

Fruit aromas of black currants and figs followed by nutmeg and vanilla from French oak. Full-bodied with smooth tannins and a long finish.

Following a temperate growing season, the Merlot crop was harvested in September and October of 2003.  Each vineyard lot was fermented separately in stainless steel tanks and aged individually in a combination of American and French oak barrels for 21 months.  After aging, the wines were removed from barrels and blended for taste and balance just prior to bottling in late June 2005.  A touch of Cabernet Franc was blended into the final wine for added zest.
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About Kenwood Vineyards:

Located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, Kenwood Vineyards is dedicated to producing premium wines truly representative of Sonoma County’s world-class vineyards.

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.