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2015 Kenefick Founder's Reserve
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2015 Kenefick Founder's Reserve

New Release!

"The 2015 Red Estate Grown Founder's Reserve is a total knock-out. Freshly cut flowers, mint, raspberry jam and mocha infuse this super-expressive and giving Bordeaux blend. All of the elements simply fall into place effortlessly. Soft contours and silky tannins push the fruit forward in a wine that delivers the goods. Time in the glass just helps bring out the wine's textural richness and intensity even further. This is a tremendous showing." - Antonio Galloni Vinous (96 points)

Enjoyable now but certainly can be cellared for 15+ years.

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Region: 100% Estate Grown in the Calistoga AVA of the Napa Valley

Volume: 75 Cases

Composition: 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Petit Verdot, 21% Merlot, 15% Malbec, 12% Cabernet Franc

Average Tons/Acre: 2.3

Average Brix: 27.6

Hand Harvested: 8/24/15 – 9/8/15

Wood: 80% New French Oak, 20% Neutral French Oak, Flashed in 10% New Oak for 2 Months Before Bottling

Coopers: Taransaud, Orion

Bottled: January 15, 2017

Barrel Aged: 24 months

Bottle Aged: 12 months

pH: 3.85

TA: 5.4 g/L

ALC%: 15.4

Winemaker Notes:

A blend of the five essential "Bordeaux" varietals from the Kenefick estate, this is the culmination of how the diverse profiles between varietal, soils, and microclimate can come together to create a stunning wine.

Bright red fruits and racy acidity define the highlights of the Founder's.  With well integrated oak nuances of creme brulee and vanilla spices.  This wine is very approachable now, but will age gracefully.