Ron is dropping crop in the Petit Verdot. Many other varieties to follow. This optimizes the quality of the remaining grapes.
The winery opens September 3 and 5 for the release of the 2009 red wines and the annual vineyard tour.
Update on the shipment of five bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon to Todd Kinkead in Penrith Australia, what a saga! He clearly is very proud of his family name! This wine won a Gold Medal at the Finger Lakes New York competition.
From Todd Kinkead:
"Yay I have it! Thanks sooooo much! Every bottle is in immaculate condition & will stay that way for years to come. I'll get a few photos when I see my girlfriend on Friday night. My father and brother will get their bottles at Xmas time & that's when we will finally open one."
Australia customs called me; the customs form said five bottles of wine. They had to know was it red, white, sparkling, still, ABV and cost per ml (2-1/2 cents!)
Australian customs charged Todd Kinkead $120 for duty on five bottles of wine. So his five bottles of wine topped out at $99.75 for the wine, $263 for the shipping and $120 for duty. Shocking. An astonishing total of $96.75 per bottle.
Great revisit of the 2004 Cab Franc, the double gold medal winner at American Wine Society from www.dogswine.blogspot.com...
"Last night I opened a bottle, my next to last, of the 2004 Cabernet Franc.
"The problem with the wines from Kinkead Ridge is that they are so easy and good to drink that it takes a lot of willpower to let them age. This bottle was stashed away in an odd location so it did get some bottle age to it.
"The aroma was wonderful, full of black raspberries and bright cherries and clean earth. Those aromas had mellowed into a wonderful bouquet. The wine was medium weight in the mouth and the flavors were soft and appealing. Both the cherries and raspberries were there, along with a touch of cinnamon and some subtle hints of vanilla."
"The acid was still wonderful in this wine and there was just enough tannin to complete the package. The wine was fully mature, lean, svelte, and all the parts were completely harmonized. This wasn't a loud, brash teenager, this was a mature woman with a few discreet stories to tell. They were stories I bought into, and they were just about perfect with the filet and the sauce. Wonderful bottle of wine."
Could be a big release weekend. I even had inquiries from Canton, Ohio, 4 hours from Ripley.
Your friendly wine blogger,