December 2001

The vineyard was "put to bed" on December 5; the new planting was mulched to protect the graft unions from winter damage; the temperature on December 5 was an unbelievable 72 degrees.

Ron's Notes, December 7, 2001:
The Cabernet Franc is through malolactic fermentation, with the other reds lagging behind. By the end of the year, all should be in barrels. Acid, pH and potassium levels are finally making sense with the big question being: "What is going to happen during cold-stabilization." An amazing amount of tartaric has gone into these wines, but I can't argue with the results so far. The Cabernet Franc is looking to be very pretty and aromatic wine, while the Cabernet Sauvignon is, well, Cabernet Sauvignon. The two, blended, are presently better than either separately. The Syrah is and has been an impressive wine from Day 1. It is high in alcohol, extract and fruit intensity, but is more approachable than the other red wines at this stage. 
The white wines have been lightly fined and will be racked and loosely filtered next week. Our dry white blend of predominately Viognier and Roussanne is particularly appealing, but unfortunately the quantity will be very limited.

We picked up our barrel racks in St. Louis, Missouri. We have acquired new,  premium quality American oak fire-bent, medium-plus toast barrels from World Cooperage, who utilize French and Eastern European oak as well as American oak; our other premium barrel supplier will be Canton Cooperage. 

We picked the Riesling, Roussanne, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and miscellaneous whites on September 29. October 10 was Cabernet Franc day... two tons of it. The largest part of the vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot and Syrah was picked on October 18. 

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Kinkead Ridge featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer
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In addition to the harvest, we continue to work on the winery, and all the peripheral activity, like ordering tanks and barrels, designing labels, and following the BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) and State of Ohio permit process. Friends in Ripley recently gave us a copy of the newspaper "The Ripley Bee" from February 1859, which describes the vintage of 1858. Total # of acres planted in this area: 1631. Total # of gallons produced: 18,199. At an average price of one dollar per gallon!

The Kinkead Ridge Vineyard Cake... can you find "mini-Ron"? Riesling harvest

Kinkead Ridge featured on the cover and lead story of Ohio Magazine
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Kinkead Ridge featured on Wine on the Web

The "Radio Postcard", an interview by internationally known wine broadcaster and author Andrew Jones with Ron is now available. We are excited to be featured on Wine on the Web, in very important company, including King Estate, Oregon, Chateau Phelan-Segur, Bordeaux, DeLoach Vineyards, Russian River Valley California, Frogs Leap, Napa Valley California, and Frescobaldi Nippozanno, Italy.

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