A WORD FROM OUR WINEMAKER

Hello Wine Club Members!
With the cold winter months upon us now is the perfect time to cozy up with some lively wine offerings to shake of that chill. Even at my house, I am reaching further back in the cellar for the bolder and more structured reds and properly selected richly structured white wines. This current selection of releases holds a treasure trove of opportunities to pop a cork with close friends and family and pair for the cool evenings. The range of wines you will find offer glorious structure, ripeness and personality with many years ahead of them I would encourage you to try a bottle now and stash away others for later evaluation.

 

As for what is occurring within the cellar we are slowly evaluating our 2022’s for assemblage of blends and preparation for bottling. The Chardonnays have finished malo-lactic for several months now and have developed the desired secondary and flavors from their time in oak. Secondary in evolution are the reds which are being slowly selected and evaluated for the expression of the vast diversity of new and older cooperages. By having a healthy stock of different oak types and toast we have a large selection of potential options to select from to pin-point the prime options for the wine that deserve. The 2023 wines are all barreled down or in full tanks and we successfully finished primary fermentation on all lots (a big winemakers task to check off the to do list). A majority of the reds have completed malo, received their protective dose of SO2 and will reside for an additional 12-20 months depending upon their evolution and varietal. It is a bit on the early side to say which barrels are the best but the promise is showing and we will continue to check in on them as that magic alchemy is happening with the barrels imparting its lovely secrets into our favorite blocks. The white wines have also finished primary and either reside in the barrels they fermented in getting occasional lees stirring for added body and complexity or are in tank. The Sauvignon Blanc for Discoveries are to be bottled shortly as they require minimal aging.

With the holidays behind us and winter looking to ease its grip it is not too early to ponder the approach of bud break and the potential of the next vintage. While the seasons and the work may change there is always something to look forward to as cycle makes yet another turn here in Sonoma County at Kenwood wines. Come by the tasting room and say hello. Our wine family is waiting to see you.

 

Mark Beaman
Kenwood Vineyards Winemaker

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