The Vine (September 2009)

Patch Block Varietal Line

Les Vins Georges Duboeuf has redefined its varietal line under a new name, Patch Block. Its five varietals, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, will be available in September. The name “Patch Block” refers to a patch of land within a vineyard, known as a block, where the grapes have distinct characteristics and quality. The grapes are from vineyard blocks in the Languedoc region of France.

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2008 Kenwood Vineyards Chardonnay & Pinot Noir Rosé

Kenwood Vineyards released its 2008 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Rosé. The 2008 Sonoma County Chardonnay has flavors and aromas of red apple, pear, lemon and lime, accented by oak vanilla and spice. The Chardonnay works well as an aperitif and also to pair with chicken, seafood and light pasta. The 2008 Kenwood Vineyards Pinot Noir Rosé offers aromas of watermelon, strawberry, raspberry and a hint of lavender.

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2008 Lake Sonoma Chardonnay

The 2008 Lake Sonoma Russian River Valley Chardonnay is now available nationally. It offers rich pear, apple and butter aromas accented by vanilla and honey notes. Full flavors of Red Delicious apple, green gage plum and pineapple are backed by subtle vanilla. Lake Sonoma Winery fermented and aged the Chardonnay in small French oak barrels to match its bold character with savory complexity. The vintage yielded 4,500 cases.

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