Kinkead Ridge What's New
Two Kinkead Ridge wines win Gold and Double Gold at Appellation America's Best of Appellation... tasting notes should be published soon.
2008 Revelation: Gold Medal
A great time had by all at the Dayton Fleurs et Vin Festival. I spent three hours next to Tony Coturri, owner and winemaker of Coturri Wines in Napa. Here we are with him and his distributor representative, Cory.
The white wines were incredibly well received at a Taste of Duveneck. The buzz started early about the Viognier/Roussanne and Revelation. This always happens at festivals... someone tastes the wine and then we get a lot of guests who come up saying... "My friend told me to taste....."
Here are a couple of photos of the really nice volunteers who poured the wine. One originally from Russia who is the Art Museum librarian, one who spends time in Namibia, one whose aunt was a typesetter years ago like I was, and the lovely lady with friends who promised to visit the winery! Click any photo to enlarge it. For anyone who liked the Revelation Bordeaux blend reading this, get it now. This wine will probably be gone in two months. We only made 150 cases of it. 100 wholesale customers, plus selling at the winery. Do the math! And the winegrower Ron, thinks this is the best white wine of the vintage. My personal favorite is the Viognier/Roussanne.
First reviews of the 2008 whites!
From Mike Rosenberg, thenakedvine.net
Kinkead Ridge 2008 River Village Cellars
Traminette -- Traminette is a hybrid of Gewurztraminer, and a friend of
Ron's said that she had a couple of tons available for sale. He picked
them up and, unfortunately, found that some of the grapes had already
begun to raisinate. He cobbled together an interesting, semi-sweet,
eminently drinkable wine from the ton and a half he was able to use.
Plenty of traditional gewürztraminer pepperiness to be found therein,
lots of floral notes, and a surprisingly fresh finish. For about $10, a
very nice sipping wine or a nice pairing for spicy Asian cuisine.
From Andrew Hall, wine blogger from Columbus:
2008 Revelation White. Predominantly
Sauvignon Blanc, this was the clear winner in the 2008 white line-up.
Crisp mineral and herbal nose with nice persistence. Good lines and cut.
Nice intensity of the acidity and mineral. Nice integration which
carries its 14%abv well. A revisit showed an elegant side to this wine.
Very good, best white Revelation I’ve had. Wide open for business as
From Michelle, wine-girl.net
My absolute favorite of the Kinkead Ridge
wines is the Viognier-Roussanne. The 2008 is 14.8% AbV, which means that
I'll happily drink an entire bottle and then probably happily fall down.
I am usually fairly sensitive to high-alcohol wines, but this one isn't
hot at all. Ron may have contended with high alcohol, but he dealt with
Andrew Hall (http://oinosnervosa.blogspot.com) matched Ohio wines against comparable wines from around the world in a blind taste test. Our River Village Cellars Syrah bested Cycle Buff Beauties, a Syrah/Malbec blend and was a 6-1 winner and "it was clear it would be better with food than the Aussie." Our Revelation bested the Michel Rolland Close de la Siete.
The 2006 River Village Cellars Cabernet Franc won a Silver Medal at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, March 28-29, 2009. Excellent, considering this was a very difficult cold wet vintage resulting in a lighter bodied wine. We did not enter the Revelation or Syrah as they were sold out.
Click here for a one
page summary of our 2009 releases
The winery is closed until
Memorial Day 2009 (May 23 and May 25) when we will release the 2008
Kinkead Ridge written up in Trip Magazine: Song of the Vine. Click here.
Kinkead Ridge 2005 Syrah rated on the Most Exciting and Unusual Finds list, Atlantic Northeast Region, Tom Stevenson, British Wine Editor of the 2009 Wine Report. "Ohio Syrah? Yes! Former Oregon grower Ron Barrett keeps proving the viability of the limestone soils along the Ohio River."
On the verge of picking Roussanne, I came across a great article about this Rhone variety by Patrick Comiskey: "...the single white Rhone variety that has winemakers losing sleep, the one that lures them with its promise and its complexity, just as surely as Ulysses was lured to the rock by the Sirens, is Roussanne... the vine is designed to give winemakers a lifetime of mystery... " Click here to read the article.
Another vintage review:
"We were at a party at a friend's house and
we had given a bottle of the 2004 Cabernet Franc to them two years ago.
We found out their were not wine drinkers and they still had the bottle.
Of course I talked them into opening the bottle. It was superbly smooth
and fantastic to the taste and all the other guests that sampled said
that this was the best wine they had ever tasted! They asked me where
they can get some and I told them that it is all sold out and the only
places would be an auction or E-Bay. Looking forward to the 2007 reds."
Kinkead Ridge 2004 Cabernet Franc rated one of the Top 100 Exciting Wine Finds, international list compiled by Tom Stevenson, British editor of the New Sothebys Wine Encyclopedia and publisher of the paperback Wine Report 2008. "Succulent, intensely flavored fruit, ripe, supple tannins, and a truckload of flavors--from cherries, cassis, chocolate, and cream, to vanilla and coconut."--Sandra Silfven, Atlantic Northeast editor of the 2008 Wine Report "This shows what promise there is in Ohio." --Tom Stevenson
"Why go for those long distance relationships when you can find love
in your own back yard."
Brillat Savarin noted two features which
distinguish man from beast:
Words on Wine:
night, my friend and I were sitting in the living room and I said to
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when I reflect back on all the wine I drink
I feel shame. Then
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about the workers in the vineyards and all
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