10/2/2014 – Why the shift from the traditional Kiona cab reserve in numbers of grape varieties? We loved the old ones back to 1990. . . .
Response From Kiona Vineyards and Winery: Hello Lloyd - The Estate Red Mountain Reserve is indeed made with 100% estate-grown grapes. I'm glad to count you as a long-time supporter of our wines. The world’s finest wines are all a reflection of the areas from which they are grown. Origin and geography matter most when dictating what a finished bottle tastes like. More than winemakers, more than varietals, more than yeast or barrel or blending variables; wines taste like their vineyards.With that in mind (and because we are extremely well- positioned to build such a wine) we have put together a geographically designated flagship product. This is the definitive wine of our vineyards, of our viticulture, of our plantings on Red Mountain.Freed from the constraints of blending a varietally- designated reserve-tier wine (a Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, for example, must be at least 85% Cabernet Sauvignon) we were able to pluck our favorite individual barrels from the stellar 2012 vintage for use in this blend. The wine is a spiritual successor to the Estate Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, the Estate Red Mountain Reserve is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon. We feel by removing the blending constraints inherent with releasing a varietally-designated wine, we can put together the truest and most delicious wine possible.
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