Winemaking in Sonoma County California actually predates Napa County by a few years. In fact, Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma County is the oldest in the State, having been founded in 1857. Kenwood isn’t quite that old, but it has a long history of it’s own. Founded in 1970, Kenwood Vineyards is located on the site of the former Pagani Brothers Winery originally established in 1906. According to Kenwood, in 1970 the Pagani Brothers Winery was refurbished and modernized by “wine enthusiasts from the San Francisco Bay area.” Kenwood Vineyards makes a full line of varietal wines, including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Winemaker: Kenwood Vineyards
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: Sonoma County
Notes: This is a Sauvignon Blanc very much in what I think of as the “old world” mien. In other words the flavors are subtle, restrained and balanced. On the nose I encountered scents of citrus and apricot nectar. In the glass it is a very pale yellow with a slight tinge of green. On the palate I tasted lemon, peach and honey with hints of pear and kiwi, a light dusting of green bell pepper, and a nice zip of grass on the finish. Acidity is good, and alcohol is at 13.5%. A fine Sauvignon Blanc for sipping, I would imagine you could easily pair it successfully with plenty of foods – including grilled fish, a cheese course, or a light meat dish – pork or chicken. I might also say salad could work, but in my experience I have found that the dressing used can make or break a wine pairing.
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