On July 20, 2008, our dear friends and long-time winery supporters, David and Jan Lazarus, treated a group of us to a Kinkead Ridge white vertical tasting. Today, February 21, 2009, they treated us to a Kinkead Ridge red vertical, including our red wines from 2001 through 2006. What a fantastic treat! Lots of surprises. The older Syrahs were really nice. The 2001 Cabernet Franc was stunning. The Cabernets, all of them, were showing really well. Guests included bloggers Michelle and Kevin (http://www.wine-girl.net) and Mike Rosenberg (http://www.thenakedvine.net).
Here's Ron with Jan and David, and the line-up. Here's what's amazing: If I'm counting correctly, we have released 32 red and white wines since 2001. This table has 15 of them! Syrahs on the left, followed by Cabernet Francs and Cabernet Sauvignon and Revelation blends. For descriptions of the older vintages and their medals, please see http://www.KinkeadRidge.com/htm/earlier.htm. For those of you with these older vintages in your cellars... lucky you!
Because we don't have a library of our wines in our own cellar (for two main reasons: we sell everything because we need the money! and every year the wines get better!)... it was fantastic to have this opportunity to taste the older vintages.
From our first vintage, David and Jan understood our vision, predicted our success, and had almost more confidence in our future than we had in ourselves!
Now for the 2009 releases... it was a long, hot summer; the 2007 reds are big big high alcohol reds, more like big California Cabernets than our normal European style wines. Production was impacted due to the Easter frost of 2007, so quantities are much smaller than usual...
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon: 247 cases
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon: 344 cases
2007 Cabernet Franc: 216 cases
2005 Cabernet Franc: 383 cases
There will be no Syrah from the 2007 vintage. Ron is not happy with the quality. It is not even good enough for second label. Possibly not even good enough to bring home... it may wind up being poured down the drain. There is still 2005 Kinkead Ridge Syrah and 2006 second label River Village Syrah available around the state. ($19.95 and $11.95 respectively). If you like Syrah, there will probably be a 2008 Syrah released in 2010.
So a word to the wise... after sales at the winery on relesae day, the 2007 reds won't last long. The 2006 red Revelation, which was released in September 2008, 404 cases, is down to 4 cases in the winery. The 2006 Syrah is also down to 4 cases. These two wines are still available around Ohio. If you are out-of-state and interested, see http://www.KinkeadRidge.com/available.pdf for two wine stores in Cincinnati that can ship to you.
The 2008 whites, which will be bottled in May and released Memorial Day weekend are going to be excellent: our estate grown Viognier/Roussanne, white Revelation (Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon), Riesling (off-dry) and Rock Springs Vineyard (Ohio River Valley) Traminette.
Your friendly wine blogger
Owner/Managing Partner, Kinkead Ridge Winery