Kenwood Merlot 2003

Merlot from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 87086
  • red wine

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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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...

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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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