The history of Kenwood Vineyards is really a story about the pioneer spirit and embracing the wild. This is easily seen in their acquisition of vineyards – many on the outskirts of viability – and almost all claimed long before the now household name AVAs came into being and to encompass them.
Whether its their original homestead – a 1970’s outpost in Sonoma on the site of the former Pagani Brothers Ranch or their purchase of Jack London’s (yes – of White Fang fame) historic Sonoma Mountain property in 1976 or the others that now rattle off like a where’s where of the county: Ricioli and Olivet Vineyards in the Russian River, Andrew’s and Yoakim Bridge in the Dry Creek, and more.
The prize jewels – by any standard are their holdings that sprinkle through the nefarious & nebulous AVA called the Sonoma Coast which encompasses parts of the RRV along with Carneros. Two wines are drawn off of these tiny holdings – cherry picked from the very best vineyards.
This is just a beautifully balanced and super food-friendly offering – perfect for the warm days ahead. Crisp acidity and bright citrus are followed by a refreshing finish that begs for the next sip. Better yet, when you lock into a case, you lock into the best price per bottle of anybody in the country. Not too shabby for a 92-point beauty.
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92 Points, Wine Spectator
Distinctive and stylish, this white offers bold passionfruit, gooseberry and lemon verbena notes on a crisp frame, with white pepper, dried pineapple and candied ginger notes on the long finish. A precise thread of acidity weaves in and out and a touch of lanolin lingers. Drink now.