Sunday, March 15, 2015

Kenwood Vineyards Sonoma County Merlot

Kenwood Vineyards Sonoma County Merlot 2012
Kenwood, California

This wine was on sale at my local Giant so a neighbor and I decided to give it a go. Results are mixed.

Review: The Sonoma Merlot is a deep purple-ruby color, with aromas of jammy plums, black cherries, and a bit of cocoa. On the palate, it's a bit off dry, with moderate acidity and pretty light tannin (I wish there was more for structure). There's a ton of ripe black currants and plums, and the tiniest bit of toast and chocolate from the barrel. The finish is on the short side. 

There is absolutely nothing objectionable about this wine. We drank the bottle -- it couldn't have been bad. I just wanted there to be more: more barrel spice, more texture and tannin, more acidity and brightness. It just seemed one note: ripe fruit.

Food Pairing: I paired one glass of Merlot with a second glass of Merlot. But if you wanted food, this would pair just fine with a soy glazed pork loin. 

Bottom Line: A ripe, simple wine.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2012
  • PLACE: Sonoma County
  • GRAPE: 98% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • AGEING: 20 months in French and American oak barrels
  • BOOZE: 13.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink now

Where did I get it? Giant Food
What's the damage? Mid Priced

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