The Wines of Summer: Kenwood Vineyards Vintage White and Vintage Red

(Sonoma Valley) – What constitutes a great summer wine? Opinions may vary, but most descriptions include affordability, fresh, approachable style and versatility with food. Add an easy-to-open screw cap, and you’ve described the newly released 2010 Kenwood Vintage White Wine and 2009 Kenwood Vintage Red Wine – wines of summer that can be appreciated year-round.

Kenwood Vineyard Vintage White

While easy on the budget, Kenwood Vintage White and Vintage Red display true Kenwood quality. The 2010 Kenwood Vintage White Wine blends Sauvignon Blanc, barrel-fermented Chardonnay and a dash of Muscat for fresh, appealing character. The 2009 Kenwood Vintage Red includes Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Syrah and Barbera components that have been aged in French and American oak barrels for additional complexity. For the first time, Kenwood Vintage White and Vintage Red have been bottled with screw cap closures, which preserve their fresh fruit, and make opening a bottle effortless and corkscrew-free.

Inviting aromas of citrus, lemon zest, honeysuckle and herb introduce the 2010 Kenwood Vintage White Wine’s delicious personality. The fresh, forward flavors are equally delicious; citrus, herb and just a hint of mineral in the background. Vibrant fruit and medium weight meld seamlessly in a smooth palate that extends through the long, crisp finish. Bright and vivacious, this versatile wine can be enjoyed chilled on its own or paired with a range of light summer fare. The 2010 Kenwood Vineyards Vintage White Wine is available nationally at a suggested retail of $9. Just 8,100 cases were produced.

Generous brambleberry, raspberry, bay leaf and white pepper aromas of the 2009 Kenwood Vintage Red Wine show this wine’s pedigree. Brambleberry and raspberry also dominate the medium-bodied flavors, together with toasty oak complexity. Youthful and structured, with gentle underlying tannins, it finishes with surprising delicacy. This sassy, fruit-forward red pairs well with a variety of flavorful dishes, including ribs, barbecued beef and chicken, and pasta in tomato-based sauces. An impressive 24,000 cases of the 2009 Kenwood Vineyards Vintage Red Wine were produced. It is available nationally at a suggested retail of $9.

Established in 1970 in the Sonoma Valley, Kenwood Vineyards produces premium wines that showcase the world-class quality and character of Sonoma County vineyards.

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