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WINE REVIEW: Kenwood Vineyards 2016 Merlot, Sonoma County, CA ($16)

by Andrew Chalk

According to the back label the grapes for this wine came from various vineyards (no names) in Sonoma County. It was aged in French and American oak (no information on the age or the proportions of each). On the web site this wine is nowhere to be found. Safe to say, given the unspecific nature of the grape sourcing, this is the bottom end of the five or so product lines that Kenwood makes (Six Ridges, Jack London. Single Vineyard, The Barn, Artist Series).

It has to be described as average at best. A simple merlot that should be drunk now and as the bottle suggests, would pair with mushrooms and beef bourguignon.

A: Translucent garnet core, transparent garnet edge;

N: Medium intensity. Fruit-driven raspberry, thyme. Gradually opened up but not prominent even after 20 minutes.

T: Medium-plus acid. Soft, velvet tannins. Some herbs and oak.




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