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Kenefick Ranch Founder's Reserve 2013

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750ML / 15.2% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

A blend of the five essential "Bordeaux" varietals from the Kenefick estate, this is the culmination of how the diverse profiles between varietal, soils, and microclimate can come together to create a stunning wine. Bright cherry, baker’s chocolate and cassis leap out of the glass to form the aromatic profile. The palate consists of fresh berries, underlined by custard and fresh vanilla bean. Velvety rounded tannins are finely integrated to extend the finish. Good to drink now and will cellar well for the next 15-25 years.

Blend: 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Petit Verdot, 21% Merlot, 15% Malbec, 12% Cabernet Franc

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The 2013 Founder’s Reserve Proprietary Red is a creative blend of 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Petit Verdot, 21% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. A gorgeous effort and a great blend, this wine is supple even with all that Petit Verdot in it. It seems to me Kenefick is doing some special things. This wine, which comes entirely from their estate, looks to be a 15- to 25-year bottle of wine. Loads of blue and black fruits, charcoal embers, barbecue spice, earth and some subtle background oak are all present in this multi-dimensional, blockbuster wine. Drink it over the next 25 years.
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Kenefick Ranch, California

Kenefick Ranch Vineyards are located in Napa Valley’s northern most AVA – Calistoga. The entirety of the Calistoga AVA is underlain by volcanic bedrock and sediments more geologically uniform than other Napa Valley AVAs with valley floor environments. Almost completely of volcanic origin, soils range from rocky, stony loam on the hillsides, to gravelly or cobbly loams on the alluvial fans, and heavier clay-silt soils in the valley center areas. Volcanic soils yield more minerals for limiting nutrients that grapes need and allow for better drainage which is better for root development. Further, thinner volcanic soils lead to less green growth and more concentration of flavor within the berries. As a reputable grower, we’re able to control vine quality and produce consistent flavors and characters within small vineyard blocks.

For nearly 25 years, Kenefick Ranch has sold its grapes to such prestigious labels as Caymus, Joseph Phelps, Shafer, and Pride Mountain. In 2002, Tom retired from neurosurgery and Kenefick Ranch began producing and selling its own portfolio of award-winning wines. And today – complemented by advanced vineyard techniques and state-of-the-art winemaking – Kenefick Ranch is still reminiscent of the working ranch it was during the nascent days of the Napa Valley.

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Napa Valley, California

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One of Napa Valley’s oldest wine growing subregions but last to gain appellation status, Calistoga occupies the northernmost section of the valley. Beginning at the foot of Mount St. Helena, its vineyards stretch over steep canyons and roll out onto the valley floor. The soils in Calistoga are volcanic, which means they are heavy in minerals, low in organic matter and allow good drainage for vine roots, creating less green growth and more concentration of flavor within the grape berries.

Summer days are very hot but most nights cool down with moist ocean breezes sneaking in over the Mayacamas Mountains or from Knights Valley to its northwest.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the area’s star variety with Zinfandel coming in a strong second, though the latter commands far less price per tonnage so continues to be outshined by Cabernet in vineyard acreage, save for some important exceptions.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

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