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Korbin Kameron Merlot 2014
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Moonridge Vineyard is a family endeavor. On a drive through the Sonoma Valley, Mitchell, Jenny along with their children Kristin, Korbin and Kameron - came upon a homestead hovering high above the valley floor, so high that the land lived above the clouds. The house looked over acres and acres of rolling hills, wild with nature. And in that idyllic scene, they saw their dream of working together and creating quality wines from the estate.
After many years of planning, turning, planting and nurturing the land, their first harvest and Moonridge Vineyard was born. The wine brand, Korbin Kameron, is named after their two twins. The vineyard, located on a 186 acre property on Mount Veeder, embodies the best trait of each member of the family: know-how, determination, creativity, vision, compassion and exuberance. Though they are new to the enterprise of winemaking, they have relied upon their acumen and experience in business and fashion to craft quality Bordeaux varietal wines and create lasting family memories.
One of their greatest strengths is to find the expertise and experience of others like a great vineyard manager, Phil Coturri, as well as an experienced veteran winemaker, Bob Pepi, and craft it so that it fits their vision of quality. Most importantly, the family learns and grows together.
A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties—they cover nearly double the vineyard acreage compared to whites.
While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.
Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates with vineyards climbing up mountains, reaching far into valleys and stretching along some the state’s most dramatic coastlines. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon do well in its warmer locations.
Winemaking in California dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes. But the industry experienced its first boom with the Gold Rush in the last half of the 19th century when miners brought vines to the Sierra Foothills.