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2017 Venge Kenefick Ranch Merlot

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May 7, 2023 - $46



93Wine Enthusiast

This is a powerfully built, indelibly memorable wine from a well-known site, its soils littered in volcanic ash. Sweet plum, mocha, vanilla and thick rich round tannins give it a robust intensity that works within its chiseled structure and complex nature.

90Jeb Dunnuck

...bouquet of ripe black fruits, black cherries, licorice, ground herbs, and chocolate. With medium to full body, solid balance, and good density through the middle...


United States, California, Napa Valley, Calistoga

Calistoga AVA is one of Napa Valley’s newer appellations, having been given appellation status in 2010. It is notable for its volcanic soil, which is unusual in the Napa Valley. Calistoga also experiences the greatest average 24-hour temperature swing of any Napa Valley AVAs, which Calistoga grape growers insist give the grapes time to “cool down” at night, making for better balanced wines. The 1,500 Calistoga vineyard acres are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah, along with smaller amounts of other varietals. Calistoga is at the northern end of Napa Valley, northwest of the Diamond District and St. Helena AVAs. Longtime winemaker Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena, which is located in the Calistoga AVA, proposed the creation of the appellation.


Red Wine, Merlot

The Merlot grape is such a deep blue that it is named for the blackbird. It’s an early ripening grape and one of the primary varietals used In Bordeaux. Merlot is also grown in the "International style," which is harvested later to bring out more tannins and body.