2016 Lateral Bordeaux Blend
Napa Valley, CA
Very deep dark royal purple color. Classic Bordeaux style nose with tobacco leaf herb notes and dark brooding black berry aromas plus hints of cherry cream candies. Ideal amounts of subtle creamy oak barrel influences. Soft ripe plums, vanilla cream and loamy earth notes are complex and very inviting. Fresh but rich in the mouth (like so many wines of 2016), lithe and elegant mouth-feel leads to cranberry, minerals and dark cocoa flavors. Tannins are still youthful and acid balance portends well for cellar development; This is a bigger style of LATERAL to be enjoyed now and over a longer period of years..
94 points - DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL, SF International Wine Competition, 2019
2015 Keenan, Merlot, Napa Valley, CA
The 2015 Keenan Merlot is composed of sixty eight percent Keenan Estate Merlot. Thirty two percent of the wine is Merlot fruit harvested from the Napa Carneros region. After hand harvesting, the grapes were de-stemmed, then inoculated with Montrachet yeast. Fermentation ranged from ten to fourteen days.The ‘15 Merlot has been aged in thirty-three percent new French and American oak barrels for eighteen months. The resulting wine shows intense aromas of black cherry, blackberry, and cassis. Complex nuances of cocoa and coffee bean emerge as the wine opens up. This is a “big” Merlot that will age for many years to come.
Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s , The Wine Advocate
October 2017 92 Points
" Medium garnet-purple in color and composed of 100% Merlot, the 2015 Merlot offers a plums, blackberries and dried flowers-scented nose with touches of mossy bark and garrigue. Showing good expression in the medium-bodied mouth with plenty of plumy fruit, it finishes long and spicy." –Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate
2018 Kathryn Kennedy, Small Lot Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Kathryn Kennedy's knowledge of the Santa Cruz Mountains allowed them to access grapes from superior small vineyards. These growers include residential homeowners who’s grapes arrive at the crush pad in very small lots. Warmer growing conditions on the inland side of the coast range have proven to yield superb Cabernet. The San Francisco Chronicle recognized Small Lot as being one of its “Top 100 Wines.” SRP
2018 Kathryn Kennedy,
Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Kathryn Kennedy is proud to designate this wine as “Made With Organic Grapes”. They crafted it by combining grapes from CCOF certified organic vineyards in Napa, Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma Counties. Each vineyard was selected for its exceptional viticultural care.
Previous winner “BEST OF SHOW” at the 2010 Organic & Biodynamic Wine Competition - 89 points Wine Spectator Magazine