The 2012 vintage was somewhat dreary (cold and wet), so we decided to release the reds under our second label River Village Cellars, value priced everyday wines at $14.99 and $13.99. They were so popular that many people thought they should have been the ultra-premium Kinkead Ridge label!
The winery is open on Saturdays from 11-5. We are still tasting five 2013 white wines.
The severe winter that impacted southern Ohio and northern Ohio vineyards as well as vineyards in New York, Michigan, Canada and Indiana precludes any harvest this year. So there will be NO Kinkead Ridge white wines from 2014. We suggest you stock up now on the 2013s while they last.
Here's the first review from a Dayton blogger of these reds.
2012 Cabernet Franc. This wine actually made me smile. There is a good amount of vanilla and oak in the nose, but they were fresh aromas. There is a lot of up front flavors of red cherry and spice. There's good acidity and tannin to hold every thing together. When the flavors faded at the end this was like drinking a rose' wine with more extracted flavors. This is simply a happy wine. It's also not one to save for a long period of time, though I will stow away a bottle for the future. 174 cases produced. 14.3% alcohol and $14.99.
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a much darker wine than the Cabernet Franc. It's also very closed up at the moment and it took a lot of swirling and a second glass to get the aromas flowing. When it did open up it was with earthy aromas rather than fruit. The taste was red cherries like the Cabernet Franc, but there was an underlying darker element as well. It seemed most like black raspberries to me. Again, there was good tannin and acid and there was a much longer finish. In six months or a year I will prefer this wine to the Cabernet Franc, but it still has some growing up to do in the bottle. 172 cases produced. 14.5% alcohol. $14.99