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Wine Enthusiast reviews 2008
Viognier/Roussanne: "This fun, flirty Viognier/Roussanne blend starts
with lively lemon and citrus aromas and leads into a joyful blend of
curvy honey and plucky spice. Fruit and acidity are in good balance. A
pretty wine with character." - S.K. (2009-11-12)
Loren Sonkin gives the 2007 Cabernet Franc 90 points on cellartracker.com.
"IMO, this is the best winery for red wines in Ohio. And, 2007 was the best vintage in these parts in a long time. Perhaps it truly will be a vintage of the century. I drank this bottle over two nights. $18 Ohio. Ruby in color with some opaque qualities to it. On the first night, it showed plenty of raspberries and some cassis. While these remained, on Day 2, a bit of green tobacco and an underlying earthiness came out. On the palate, this was medium bodied raspberry juice on Day 1, but it put on weight and showed much more complexity on Day 2. Layers of fruit and earth. I think a year or two in the cellar (or at least a couple of hours in a decanter), but this is a quality Cab Franc. It does not have any off green flavors. Want to impress someone with the quality of an Ohio red wine? This is it. And, the price is very reasonable for the quality."
Loren Sonkin, Mark Squires Bulletin Board gives the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon 90 points.
"I think this is one of the best wineries in Ohio and certainly the best for red wines. 2007 was also one of the best vintages in these parts. I served this blind and Jeff thought it was local. Most others found it to be very good although no one pegged it for a Cab. Light ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has pretty strawberry notes with some cherries. A bit of an herbal note as well. Nice texture. This is a very good red wine. I don't know about "varietal correctness" but it is delicious. For $17 Ohio, I am going to lay down a few. I think it ages well for 5 to 10 years as it got better all night long. (90 pts.)"
Happy Valentine's Day!
All the wine released in 2009 is now sold out at the winery, and the winery is closed until Memorial Day 2010 for the release of a small quantity of white wine. Because of the small quantity of white wine from 2009, the winery will probably not be open this summer. Check back after the Memorial Day release for details.
Ron will start pruning soon.
Photos of the annual winegrower party are on the blog, http://www.kinkeadridgewinery.typepad.com.
We had a similar
experience this year.
The Wine Enthusiast rates the 2008 Viognier/Roussanne 87 points! Tasting notes: "This fun, flirty Viognier/Roussanne blend starts with lively lemon and citrus aromas and leads into a joyful blend of curvy honey and plucky spice. Fruit and acidity are in good balance. A pretty wine with character." - S.K.
Reports from the Annual Barrel Tasting, the Saturday after Thanksgiving: first reviews of 2008 reds (currently in barrel, Released September 2010) from Dan McGrew, http://www.dogswine.blogspot.com
"The 2007 wines are big,
full flavored, young and delicious. The 2008 wines have many of the same
characteristics but seem to add a dimension of elegance to that mix.
Both are very, very good vintages in this area. Sadly, the 2009 vintage
is very poor - the price one pays in this area.
Review by Aaron Fetters, Cincinnati of the Annual Barrel Tasting.
"Let's start with our first stop of the day, Kinkead Ridge in Ripley. Kinkead was sampling 4 varieties from their 2008 vintage all still aging in the barrels - Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Verdot. I'll start by noting, 2008 was an amazing growing year for grapes here in Southern Ohio - hot and dry with a late harvest. With that fact in mind, it's no wonder all 4 of the wines Ron at Kinkead was sampling were absolute BOMBS. I tend to talk up Ohio wines probably more than I should, but for once I think it's no exaggeration to say no one would ever believe these wines come from Ohio - they taste way more like huge reds from northern California. My personal favorite at this point was the Syrah which will be the first Kinkead has put its primary label on since 2005. Each of these wines will be released around Labor Day 2010 so be sure to make a note of it for future reference."
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