Kenwood Vineyards Chardonnay 2010

Well, it was time for this Kenwood Chardonnay.  After all, I had their Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot recently.  This bottle is the last in the Kenwood trio I bought at the store awhile back.

Winemaker:  Kenwood Vineyards
Varietal:  Chardonnay
Vintage:  2010
Appellation:  Sonoma County, CA
Price:  $17.49

Notes:  This California Chardonnay was a bright yellow in the glass.  On the nose I got lemon, apple, and floral notes.  It had a good weight on the tongue.  On the palate I found very ripe pineapple, lemon and toasty oak with hints of butterscotch and artichoke.  For those who don’t like heavily oaked whites, it was a definite but by no means overpowering presence in this Kenwood.  Alcohol is at 13.5%, and acidity is good.  I wish it cost a few bucks less, of course, but I will be checking around now to see if another store has it for less.

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Kenwood Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  Sonoma County
Price:  $17.49*

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.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

* also available at Whole Foods at $11.99

Kenwood Sonoma County Merlot 2010

More from California but in a very interesting Merlot from Kenwood Vineyards.

Winemaker:  Kenwood Vineyards
Varietal:  Merlot
Vintage:  2010
Appellation:  Sonoma County, California
Price:  $17.49

Notes:  This Merlot was very dark garnet in the glass.  The bouquet presented whiffs of red berries and moist loam.  It is medium-bodied and gently velvet on the tongue.  Flavors for me were a core of ripe strawberry and black cherry, clay, some spice notes, a little leather, a bit of ash, and clove.  Modest-to-moderate tannins brought menthol to the finish which also had some lingering hints of pine.   Alcohol is at 13.5%.  I thoroughly enjoyed this selection.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.