2017 Fall Harvest
The School of Wine at Kennedy Cellars is excited to announce our grapes for the 2017 Fall Harvest!
Aglianico: Native to southern Italy, this grape produces a full-bodied red wine with rustic red fruit flavors, firm tannins, and good aging potential. Often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon for complexity and Merlot for softness.
Barbera: Ripe and tart red fruit with crushed herbs on the finish; approachable structure makes this the perfect table wine with any type of food.Premium vineyard sites available.
Black Malvasia: This is the dark-skinned version of Malvasia. This grape will add a pretty floral note to a blend.
Brunello Clone of Sangiovese: This is the same clone of Sangiovese that is found in the Brunello region of Italy. With higher potential alcohol, tannins, and acidity, this grape benefits from additional aging in the barrel. It is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to create a Super Tuscan wine.
Cabernet Franc: The father of Cabernet Sauvignon, this grape adds pepper, violets, black tea, raspberries, and sometimes blackberries along with firm tannins and acidity to a blend or lovely as a single varietal. Premium vineyard sites available.
Cabernet Sauvignon: The King of California, Cabernet Sauvignon can produce some of the biggest, boldest and richest wines with a range of fruit flavors and complexity. Additional aging as a single varietal enables the black cassis to develop along with softening tannins and notes of licorice, pepper, mocha and cedar to shine through ripe fruit flavors. Premium, Super Premium, and Ultra Premium vineyard sites available.
Carignan: This is a perfect blending grape that adds color, tannins and acidity to enable a wine to age at length. Dark black fruit, spice and savory notes along with licorice are typical characteristics of this varietal. Known as Carineña or Mazuelo in Spain.
Dolecetto: A light, food friendly, and easy drinking red makes this wine fun and lively. Strawberry notes dominate with a touch of baking spice and graham cracker that follow on the finish.
Grenache: The dominant grape in the Southern Rhone wines, this grape increase alcohol and acidity in a wine. Fruit flavors run the range of tart red fruit to dark black fruit. Often blended with Syrah, Mouvedre, and Carignan in France, and Tempranillo (as Garnacha) in Spain.
Malbec: Think purple here folks, Malbec produces soft, lush wines full of blueberry, blackberry, and plum flavors that soften up any blend. Also beautiful as a single varietal. Premium vineyards sites available.
Merlot: The counterpart to the soul of Cabernet Sauvignon. Blue and black fruit dominate along with floral notes of violets and at times a hint of tea. Absolutely gorgeous as a single varietal as well, and benefits from additional aging in barrel. Premium and Super Premium vineyard sites available.
Montepulciano: Known for its purple color, soft fruit flavors, and gentle tannins this wine is approachable and food friendly when young. Also does well when blended with Sangiovese.
Mourvedre: Perfect for blending, this grape produces drying tannins along with meaty flavors and herbaceous notes. Also known as Monastrell in Spain. Premium vineyard sites only.
Nebbiolo: God of the Piedmont region in Northern Italy, also grown in California, this is the wine that creates Barolo and Barbaresco. Nebbiolo can produce a wine with enormous aging potential due to its pervasive tannins and acidity; however, the wait is certainly worth it. Seamless fruit structure along with delicate floral notes and balanced structure with make this wine a star at any dinner table. Additional aging is strongly recommended.
Nero D’Avola: Native to Sicily, this wine produces dark black fruit with floral and herbal notes to accompany it. Tannins and acidity can be firm and structured so blending with a softer Montepulciano or Merlot would make it more approachable in its youth.
Petite Sirah: This grape has it all: color, tannins, acidity, red, blue, black fruit with tart and jammy flavors punching through. This wine can be created as a single varietal with additional aging, or blended to enhance the entire wine. Premium vineyards sites available.
Petit Verdot: Known as the spice-box grape, meaning a little goes a long way. This grape can add color, tannins, and acidity to any wine in small doses. If crafted as a single varietal, be prepared for extended aging both in barrel and in the bottle. This guy is powerful! Premium vineyards sites available.
Pinot Noir: This grape can produce such a wide range of aromas and flavors from light, elegant, refined and floral to dark, juicy, candy-like flavors. There are tons of clones and terrior seriously impacts the ultimate wine. Premium and Super Premium vineyard sites available.
Primitivo: the genetic ancestor to Zinfandel, originally found in Southern Italy and Croatia, this wine is similar to a Zinfandel with more rustic and herbaceous flavors developing with time. Premium vineyard sites only.
Ruby Cabernet: This is a clone of Cabernet Sauvignon that produces a lighter fruiter version. Adds approachability to a blend with ripe red and black fruit dominating and a silky mouthfeel.
Sangiovese: The mother of Tuscany, this wine is highly regarded for its structure and fruit profile of tart red fruit, orange peel, and herbaceous notes. Often blended with International varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon to produce a bigger, bolder Super Tuscan wine.
Syrah: A wine drinker’s red wine. This varietal engulfs raspberry, cherry and plum notes wrapped in pepper and spice. Oftentimes bacon or cured meat aromas will be present with a clean mineral finish. Fantastic. Premium vineyard sites also available.
Tempranillo: The grape native to the world-renowned Rioja in Spain. This varietal can show tart red fruit, stewed tomatoes, orange peel, and black fruit along with baking spices, vanilla and dill from traditional American Oak aging. Often blended with Garnacha (Grenache) and Carineña (Carignan).
Zinfandel: Soft black fruits, a bouquet of purple flowers and a hint of crushed herbs make this wine juicy and sensual. Old Vine Zinfandel has a more concentrated fruit profile due to the age of the vine and therefore smaller quantity of grapes per vine. Premium vineyard sites available.
Chardonnay: Considered a chameleon grape, this varietal changes with terrior and vinification. Typically full-bodied with notes of pineapple, apple and pear fruit.
Malolactic fermentation provides the buttered popcorn flavor while lees aging can create flavors of graham cracker, bread dough and spice in the wine. Oak can seriously influence this wine with flavors of toast and vanilla. Premium Vineyard sites available.
French Colombard: A refreshing white wine, this varietal is typically used as a blending grape. Bright acidity and citrus flavor adds zip to any wine or food.
Muscat: An ancient grape varietal this aromatic grape shows an abundance of floral and perfume notes in a wine. Delicate and refreshing, approachable when young, some of the best dry examples undergo batonnage when lees stirring create a graham cracker flavor with the wine. Premium Vineyard sites available.
Sauvignon Blanc: The mother of Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine provides elegance and balance. Flavors from grapes grown in California show tart gooseberry, citrus, herbs, and hay with a touch of smoke. *Premium Vineyard sites available.
Riesling: Some of the most age worthy white wines in the world is from the Riesling grape. Searing acidity and zippy freshness with lemons, limes, petrol and flint make this super food friendly for all involved. *Premium Vineyard sites available.
Viognier: Semi aromatic grape with tropical notes of pineapple, mango and melon. Low acidity keeps this a full-bodied white wine that does well in both stainless steel and oak. Clean mineral finish ensures freshness and pairs excellent with fish tacos!
Sinatra Blend: 33% Cabernet Sauvignon 33% Merlot 33% Cabernet Franc
Meritage: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc 10% Malbec 5% Petit Verdot
Cabernet Sauvignon/Petite Sirah: 70% Cabernet Savignon 30% Petite Sirah
Triple 7: 33% Cabernet Sauvignon 33% Merlot 33% Syrah
Syrah/Viognier Blend – Northern Rhone and Aussie Style: 85% Syrah, 15% Viognier
Aglianico, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Blend – Southern Italian Style: 40% Aglianico, 40% Merlot 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
The cost per share is $650.00.
Rosé: We invite students to make our very 1st Rosé wine! We will process 500 liters of Malvasia and blend in a percentage of Carignan to create the perfect balance. This Rosé will be aged mostly in stainless steel, with a percentage of oak from the Carignan. Additional blending classes will be offered to students during the season. Each share equals 3 cases (36 bottles) of wine.