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March 2011

Another fantastic review of the 2008 Cabernet Franc:

"hey nancy, just wanted to say hello and pass on a note that I got from a friend of mine. he's out in northern california and he has a little circle of wine geek friends that do these dinner parties. i guess that they all individually take notes and score wines then compare them collectively. So it was your cab franc, a nickel and nickel cab and then a hutchinson cab that garnered a 95+ robert parker score. needless to say your cab franc won the tasting and was 3 points average higher than both of the other two wines."

A computer message we can relate to!

From Murphin Ridge Inn, West Union, Ohio. The 2008 Cabernet Franc "has been the second most successful wine at Murphin Ridge. Never have we sold a single wine in such a short period.... Number one, Cinnabar, Mercury Rising Paso Robles every vintage 2003-2007 are great. We use 15 – 20 cases per year. So the Cab Franc has out sold all others Oct-‘10-Mar. 14 ‘11. This wine is special."

The Jefferson Cup has arrived! Only 20 wines of over 600 won this award. This is just as exciting as when we won the Double Gold medal for the 2004 Cabernet Franc at the American Wine Society competition.


Pruning has begun. Thousands of cuts. Here's a mini-movie we made in 2009 of the process.


Dayton mark your calendars: May 22, Carillon Park, the Fleurs et Vin Festival. Since we are fundamentally out of most of our wine releases, we won't be pouring this year. But there will be a very special auction basket... a bottle of the very rare (only 76 cases produced) 2008 Petit Verdot, autographed by the winegrower. As far as I can remember this is the only autographed bottle, though we normally will sign the last bottle to leave the winery. There are two left in the winery. Saving one for David Schildknecht (Robert Parker writer), who hopes to visit in March. Saving the other for Gary Vaynerchuk. Also in the basket: some nice grape earrings, two glasses, a jar of my home-made Cabernet Sauvignon Dessert Sauce, a six bottle carrier, two glasses and a golden pear!

Kinkead Ridge 2008 Cabernet Franc reviewed by Currently a front runner for 2011 Wine of the Year...

"A small number of wines and wineries have developed an almost cult-like following east of the west coast. Paumanok Vineyards Chenin Blanc, Barboursville Vineyards Octagon and rockstar-turned-winemaker, Maynard James Keenan portfolio of wines have all been certified platinum by wine writers and critics alike. After tasting the Kinkead Ridge 2008 Cabernet Franc, I?m convinced the list just got a little longer.

Two years ago I began reading and hearing lots of wine chatter about Kinkead Ridge Estate Winery, a small producer in Ripley, Ohio. Renowned for their Cabernet Franc, Kinkead Ridge also grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Viognier, Riesling, Roussanne and Sauvignon Blanc on their 5-acre estate vineyard.

Excited to learn more about Kinkead Ridge and especially their wines, Owner and Managing Partner Nancy Bentley kindly sent me 3 wines to sample, led by their Jefferson Cup Winner 2008 Cabernet Franc.

Dark fruit dominates the nose with a hint of red cherry, tobacco and spice. Blackberries, cherries, herbs and green peppers explode on the palate. A medium-bodied wine with balanced acidity and tannin. An outstanding effort, especially at $18 retail.

A front runner for my 2011 wine of the year, the Kinkead Ridge 2008 Cabernet Franc delivers on all fronts. Cheers!

--Brian Kirby

Kinkead Ridge 2008 Cabernet Franc and 2010 Viognier/Roussanne to be featured in internationally published volume "1000 Great Wines" by a publishing house in Britain in October. Details to follow.

Kinkead Ridge written up in the Washington Post! The "terrific Cabernet Franc from Ohio's Kinkead Ridge"... Click here...

Tweet from Brian Kirby, "Christmas came early. The 2008 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Franc is unbelievable."

Facebook post from Jens Rosencrantz, owner of the Cincinnati Wine Garage: "One advantage of having a poor inventory system in the cellar, is that you get surprised by a case that you entirely forgot about. 2004 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon. Wonderful."


Kinkead Ridge 2008 Cabernet Franc
Wins Coveted Jefferson Cup

The Jefferson Cup Wine Invitational is over and judges tasted over 600 wines. Wines are by invitation only, this is not a typical paid competition where wineries pay a fee to enter. They selected 70 of the very best as contenders for the top 20 winners (6 from CA, 14 other states). Only 4 of these 14 winners are vinifera, 2 winners from Ohio and we are the only vinifera winner from Ohio.

Kinkead Ridge in the Top Five of the Ohio/Michigan Wine Clash Competition
Winner: 2008 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

American Wine Society Competition Results
2008 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon: Silver Plus; 2008 Kinkead Ridge Winery Cabernet Franc: Silver. Both of these wines were judged in October after only a few months in bottle. Many of the gold medal wines at this event were from vintages from 2007 or earlier, so this was a great result.

Kinkead Ridge and Ravenhurst, the only two Ohio wineries featured in Opus Vino. Written by a new generation of wine critics with up- to-date, in-depth knowledge of the different wine regions, the wineries and their wines, Opus Vino provides greater coverage to the wine world than any other illustrated wine book. Organized by country, and then broken down into regions, districts, and wineries, the book looks at more than 4,500 individual wineries, identifies each region's top producers and its rising stars, and entries cover the owner, grapes, wine styles, and their best wines.

At 800 pages, Opus Vino takes wine publishing to new heights and gives both professionals and amateur enthusiasts a wine reference fit for the 21st century. Available in the U.S., U.K. and Australia in November, with international editions to follow next year.
Click here for details.

Click here to request a copy of our retail outlets. There are three wine stores in Ohio that can ship within Ohio or out-of-state.

Click here for a one page summary of the upcoming 2010 releases, or visit the Wines link from the home page and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Read what others are saying about Kinkead Ridge in their blogs...

Click below for access to six regional tours of Ohio wineries. Visitors can download turn-by-turn directions to their : Garmin, TomTom, Smartphone, PDA, iPod or any MP3 player. Also included is a brief description of each winery, along with contact information and hours of operation.


We are often asked about food and wine pairings. Try Natalie's food and wine matcher!



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1. Fear of the future.
2. Desire for fermented liquors.

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