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2014 Releases

The 2013 white wines will be released Memorial Day weekend 2014. The 2012 red wines (all River Village Cellars this year) will be released Labor Day Weekend 2014. Quantities of 2013 white wine are much greater than the 2012 vintage.

2013 Kinkead Ridge Viognier/Roussanne A Rhone style blend with the kiwi and guava aromas of Roussanne merging with the orange blossom and golden raisin aromas of Viognier. An excellent dry blend with fish, shellfish and poultry. Production: 257 cases. Alcohol 14.1%  
2013 Kinkead Ridge White Revelation This winegrower's blend is crisp, refreshing and aromatic. Aromas of grapefruit, pineapple and melon, with a honey note and a mineral finish. Classic accompaniment to shellfish and mildy acidic cheeses. Production: 146 cases. Alcohol 13.3%  
2013 Kinkead Ridge Riesling Honeysuckle, apple and rose petal notes precede a flinty finish. This racy wine's floral front palate and sweetness balance its crisp acidity. Food friendly, serve chilled with cold meats, fresh salads, light cheeses, poultry, veal and Asian cuisine. Residual sugar 1.2%. Production: 179 cases. Alcohol 11.4%  
2013 River Village Cellars Seyval Seyval, a hybrid grape, has a characteristic citrus element, as well as a minerality that may be compared to white burgundy. Similar to a Chablis, with notes of grapefruit, green apple and melon. Harvested at McCafferty Bridge Vineyard.Production: 87 cases. Alcohol 13.8%  
2013 River Village Cellars Traminette A new world hybrid grape with a pronounced character reminiscent of Gewurtztraminer from Alsace. Harvested at McCafferty Bridge Vineyard. Its fruity and spicy nutmeg flavors, floral aroma and refreshing finish make it a perfect match for southwest and Asian cuisine. Residual sugar 2.1% Production: 185 cases. Alcohol 13.2%  
2012 River Village Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Hand harvested on October 17, 2012, this well-structured wine displays classic aromas of red fruit and black cherry. Aged in premium American and French oak barrels. Enjoy with beef, lamb, pork, or braised chicken. Production: 172 cases. Alcohol 14.5%  
2012 River Village Cellars Cabernet Franc This wine displays a harmonious complexity with cherry overtones and modest tannins. Aged in premium American and French oak barrels. A fine companion for beef, turkey, pork and richly flavored stews. Production: 174 cases. Alcohol 14.3%  
2013 River Village Cellars Chambourcin A French-American hybrid grape. Full bodied, deep-colored dry red wine with notes of cassis, berry fruit and plum. Barrel aged nine months. McCafferty Bridge Vineyards. Pair with beef, lamb, wild game or richly flavored cheeses. Production: 111 cases. 
Alcohol 12.8%
 

Our return policy: As is standard policy in wine stores, if you ever have a wine from us that you find unsatisfactory (e.g. corked) please return the bottle, wine, and cork to the store where you bought it, or to us, and we will replace it with a current (if available) or future vintage of the same wine. Thank you!

2013 Releases

 
2012 Kinkead Ridge Viognier/Roussanne









 
A Rhone style blend of aristocratic varieties. The Viognier was hand-harvested on September 17 and the Roussanne on September 21. This complex and enticing wine has the orange blossom, golden raisin aromas of Viognier merging with the kiwi and guava aromas of Roussanne. An excellent dry wine with fish, shellfish, and poultry. Serve slightly chilled. This vintage has a higher component of Roussanme than in prior years. Alcohol 14.8% Production: 91 cases. $16.99

 
 
2012 River Village Cellars White Wine








 
Hand-harvested on September 12 and 13, this winegrower's blend is fruity with grapefruit and pineapple notes, and citrus, melon and floral aromatics. Its light flowery character pairs well with goat cheese and roasted poultry. Serve chilled. A blend of seyval blanc, riesling, chardonnay, and our miscellaneous whites from the vineyard, and it is delightful. The perfect summer sipper. Alcohol 13.3% Production: 160 cases. $9.99
 
 
2012 River Village Cellars Traminette








 
Traminette is a new world hybrid grape with a pronounced varietal character reminiscent of Gewurztraminer from Alsace, which is one of its parents. The grapes in this wine were harvested on September 19 and September 21. Traminette's fruity and spicy nutmeg flavors, floral aroma and refreshing finish make it a perfect match for Southwest and Asian cuisine. Served on its own, well chilled, it makes a great sipping wine. Residual sugar 2.1%.
Alcohol 12.4%. Production: 99 cases. $9.99
 
2011 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

Kinkead Ridge 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon wins a SILVER (other silver medalists included E&G Gallo... some silvers were not estate grown but made with California fruit, all were 2009 or 2010 vintages... if we entered this wine next year with a year of bottle age, it's probably a gold) at the 2013 American Wine Society Commercial Competition. The Cabernet Sauvignon was also awarded an Award of Merit at the Invitational Jefferson Cup. 

SILVER MEDAL - Finger Lakes Wine Competition, March 2014







 

Hand-harvested on October 25, this dark ruby, well structured, complex wine displays classic Cabernet aromas of cassis, plum and black cherry. Enjoy with beef, lamb, or wild game. Alcohol 13.9% Production: 300 cases.$20.99

Aged in premium French and American oak. Small-lot fermentations with hand punch-downs and classic small scale winemaking techniques were used to create these wines.
We believe this wine will be very young on its release date; it may be enjoyed now, but could be cellared for five or more years.

Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon wins Silver Medal and 89 points (highly recommended) at the Bordeaux World Wine Competition run by the Beverage Tasting Institute in Chicago. Tasting notes... "Garnet violet color. Pleasant aromas and flavors of floral black raspberry preserves, chocolate nuts, and peppery spice with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, green apple and mineral accented finish. A very nice sipper with fine structure for the table too." Drink now-3 years. All the other 89 point wines appear to be from California, and all but one (at $19.99, and a 2012) were more expensive than ours. All results will be posted on tastings.com on March 3.

 

From dogswine.blogspot.com

"The Cabernet Sauvignon was its usual brooding self when it first hit the glass. This wine was closed up for a minute or two and never did produce a strong aroma. The flavors were like biting into the richest black cherry on the tree - fully developed sweetness but still with some tartness for balance. There was some dark plum flavors and just a bit of graphite in this wine. The tannin was strong in this wine and that added great texture and support for a few years of aging. 13.9% alcohol and $21. 300 cases produced."

2011 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Franc

Kinkead Ridge 2011 Cabernet Franc wins a GOLD MEDAL at the 2013 American Wine Society Commercial Competition. 

Cellartracker.com review of 2011 Cabernet Franc:
90 points. Remarkably complex nose of earth, leather, bacon and smoke. Medium+ finish. Firm tannin. Twice blind tasted at separate tastings and twice completely stymied all tasters - most frequently confused for an old world Bordeaux or CDP. No way you'd guess this is an Ohio wine.










 

Hand-harvested on October 11, this wine's fragrant aromas of violet and black cherry precede a taste of full-bodied, richly flavored complexity, with raspberry and spice overtones. Enjoy with beef, turkey, pork and rich stews. Alcohol 13.8% Production: 304 cases. $19.99

Aged in premium French and American oak. Small-lot fermentations with hand punch-downs and classic small scale winemaking techniques were used to create these wines.
We believe this wine will be very young on its release date; it may be enjoyed now, but could be cellared for five or more years.

 

From Adam, The Wine Spot, Cleveland

"The 2011 Cabernet Franc was poured alongside wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne and California cult wines such as Sine Quo Non and Cayuse at the graduation night of W2U 2013, the Walla Walla University. Winemakers from Walla Walla and attendees from around the country from places like the Ritz Carlton Naples, Bouchon, Disneyworld and others were talking about this great wine from Southern Ohio!"

From dogswine.blogspot.com

"The Cabernet Franc had a totally appealing flavor of bright, ripe cherries that seemed more toward the red end of the cherry spectrum. Toss in some red currants and a bit of raspberry and it made for a great flavor profile. Medium body on the wine with great acid. Lengthy and happy finish. $20 and 13.8% alcohol. 304 cases produced."

2011 Kinkead Ridge Syrah








 
Hand-harvested on October 17, this intriguing, intense and luxurious wine has excellent balance, smoky notes, deep ruby color and flavors of spice, pepper, plum and blackberry. Enjoy with beef, lamb, braised chicken and wild game. Alcohol 13.5% Production: 44 cases. $19.99

Aged in premium French and American oak. Small-lot fermentations with hand punch-downs and classic small scale winemaking techniques were used to create these wines.
We believe this wine will be very young on its release date; it may be enjoyed now, but could be cellared for five or more years.


 

From dogswine.blogspot.com, 

"I had a definite favorite in the 2011 Syrah. There was a deep color to the wine. Aromas of dark fruit, earth and a bit of raw meat were strong. The flavor was rich with black raspberries and red plums. There was also a sense of white pepper and cinnamon that came in at the finish. I loved in this wine. It leans most toward Europe with its flavors and mouth feel. Perfect balance here among the acid, tannin and fruit. 13.5% alcohol and $21. Only 44 cases produced."


2011 Kinkead Ridge Petit Verdot










 

Hand-harvested on November 1, this intensely-colored dark purple tannic complex wine displays a fragrant nose with tones of violet and leather. Enjoy with beef, lamb, or wild game. Alcohol 14.4% Production: 82 cases. $21.99

Aged in premium French and American oak. Small-lot fermentations with hand punch-downs and classic small scale winemaking techniques were used to create these wines.
We believe this wine will be very young on its release date; it may be enjoyed now, but could be cellared for five or more years.

 

"The Petit Verdot was what I expected - deep, dark purple color and not a shy bone in its fruity body. There are tons of blackberries and mulberries in this wine and more than a healthy dose of tannin to support the strong flavors. That said, this wine was a bit lighter in its profile than the recent vintages and seemed more balanced. The acid seemed stronger than recent years also. I will stash mine away for a few years before pulling a cork on a bottle. $22 and 14.4% alcohol. 82 cases produced."
2012 Releases

The 2011 white wines were released Memorial Day weekend, 2012. The 2010 Cabernets, Petit Verdot and Syrah were released Labor Day weekend, 2012. Quantities are small.
Our return policy: As is standard policy in wine stores, if you ever have a wine from us that you find unsatisfactory (e.g. corked) please return the bottle, wine, and cork, and we will replace it with a current (if available) or future vintage of the same wine. Thank you!

 
2011 Kinkead Ridge Viognier/Roussanne









 
This complex and enticing wine has the orange blossom and golden raisin aromas of Viognier merging with the kiwi and guava aromas of Roussanne. An excellent dry wine with fish, shellfish and poultry. $15.99. Alcohol 14.2% Production 110 cases. From dogswine.blogspot.com

Viognier Roussanne, this vintage a mixture that is 77% Viognier. In 2010 the blend was only 43% Viognier so these are vastly different wines. I drank a bottle of the 2010 a couple of weeks ago and you can read that here. The 2011 is much more citrusy, with orange peel and blossoms and lemon zest in the nose, along with a dose of honeydew melon. There's also a touch of green fruits, but no lavender that endeared me to the 2010. This wine is lighter on the nose and palate and is almost a full 1% less alcohol. Great acidity on the finish. The 2010 was good with grilled chicken, but I'll save the 2011 for fish and indoor chicken without the smokiness of the grill. At $16.95 a bottle one can't do better than this wine. 14.2% alcohol. 110 cases produced.

From BruceCass.com on Roussanne:

The full link is at http://brucecass.com/roussanne/447/

"Prominent among the grape varieties on display was Roussanne. I’d barely heard of it before. But the style was very attractive. It had the weight and length of good Chardonnay. By which I mean serious flavor and complexity in the mouth. It had the ability to age well in bottle. By which I mean the ability to develop enjoyable smells and flavors beyond those that could be found in the wine when it was young. And it had nuanced fruit and floral aromas to which no Chardonnay has ever laid claim. Finally, there was this utilitarian, root vegetable patina to the wine which spoke of noble yeomen, honest labor, and good health.

Roussanne is often blended with other grapes: Marsanne in the northern Rhône; Grenache Blanc in the south. This trick is not to demean Roussanne wine quality, it is a relatively difficult grape to grow, subject to mildew in moist summers and not very productive. The blending grapes add some complexity, but mostly they are used because they are reliable producers, and there are lots of them planted. Assume what you may as to implications for the quality of white wines from the Rhône in the future. My advice: taste each vintage before you buy any quantity to cellar.

If there is a classic dish to pair with Roussanne, I’d vote for cassoulet. No question about the dish being a classic anyway. Personally, being a Californian, I’m more likely to have some Thai soup redolent of lemon grass and loaded with coconut milk. Those elements really have got Roussanne’s number. Put a little seafood in a tomato bisque. Add lots of vegetables. Light it up with some hot sauce. Put in the coconut milk, the lemon grass, and some turmeric. Light chill on the Roussanne. Not a first course; serve as a meal with crusty bread."
 

2011 Kinkead Ridge White Revelation This winegrower's blend is crisp and refreshing. The wine has aromas of gooseberry, grapefruit and melon, with a honey note and a mineral finish. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and our miscellaneous whites including Chardonnay.and Pinot Gris. $13.99. Alcohol 13.5%. Production 85 cases. From dogswine.blogspot.com

"On the right is the White Revelation, a blend of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, semillon and a few other white grapes. Stick your nose in this wine and you are immediately transported to the grapefruit groves in Vero Beach, Florida in mid January. Sweet grapefruit aromas that leave no doubt in the mind what's happening here. There's a hint of some floweriness and just a touch of herbs in the nose. The taste is pure citrus, sharp, tart, refreshing and just crying out for halibut or cod. $13.95 and the bargain of the year so far. 13.5% alcohol. 86 cases produced."

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I love this quote. "It must be fun to be a winemaker," said Fred Tasker in The Miami Herald. "As little as one percent of a contrasting grape" can "noticeably change" the flavor of wine built from a different varietal. Imagine then, the complexity of flavor that can be achieved in a wine made from three grapes... or five." Kinkead Ridge Revelation anyone????

2011 Kinkead Ridge Riesling Honeysuckle, apple and rose petal notes precede a flinty finish. This racy wine's floral front palate ane sweetness balance its crisp acidity. Serve with cold meats, fresh salads, light cheeses, poultry, veal and Asian cuisine. $11.99. Residual sugar 1.2%. Alcohol 12.1%. Production: 101 cases.

I recently had feedback second hand from a Cincinnati oenophile that our 2011 Riesling is EXTREMELY similar to Dr. Konstantin Frank Riesling. (New York). High praise indeed. And ours at $12 is $6 less expensive than theirs!

A review of their 2011 semi-dry: "The 2011 Semi Dry Riesling presents with a light golden hue and a nose of orange blossom, lavender and pear. A vibrant mouthfeel with flavors of apple, peach and mandarin oranges with a zesty fruit finish. Serve with light spicy foods or dessert." -
 

Dr. Konstantin Frank ignited the “Vinifera Revolution” a movement that forever changed the course of wine growing in the Finger Lakes and the United States. Dr. Frank’s vision, knowledge and determination are credited with elevating the New York wine industry from a state of happy mediocrity to a level that today commands world attention.
In 1962, merely a decade after arriving in America, Dr. Frank founded Vinifera Wine Cellars. The winery quickly earned a reputation for spectacular Rieslings and its original planting of vines formed the backbone of New York’s world-class wines and champagnes. Dr. Frank’s Wine Cellars is proud of its international winemaking team with each member bringing in their particular expertise. The talented group includes winemakers from California, Australia, France and Germany.

From dogswine.blogspot.com

"A little over a month ago I looked at the 2011 white wines released at the end of May by Kinkead Ridge.

At that time I described the 2011 Riesling as light and nondescript. I also mentioned that I had seen the same thing from previous vintages of this wine. It was such a hot week last week that something light in the wine department sounded good so I pulled the cork on one of the Rieslings. Six weeks out and the wine is beginning its change. There is more aroma of apples and honeysuckle coming out of the glass and the flavors are becoming more distinct. It's beginning to taste like Riesling instead of a generic white wine. There's a little more body and a little more substance to the wine. The finish had just a hint of sweetness that complimented the wine.

It took three days to drink the bottle, having a large glass with several different types of food. It was best on the second day some chicken thigh yakitori. Nice pairing with the soy sauce, brown sugar, mirin, and ginger in the yakitori sauce."

Happy 577th Birthday Riesling! The first recorded mention of Riesling was on 13th March 1435, when Klaus Kleinfish purchased six Riesling vines from Count Katzenelnbogen in Rüsselsheim

2011 River Village Cellars Traminette Vineyard designated, McCafferty Bridge Vineyards. A new world hybrid grape reminiscent of Gewurtztraminer. Fruity and spicy nutmeg flavors, floral aroma and refreshing finish. The perfect summer sipper. Residual sugar 1.9%. $9.99. Alcohol 12.5%. Production 85 cases.  
2010 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

Medal Winner November 2012, American Wine Society

This dark ruby, well structured, complex wine displays classic Cabernet aromas of cassis, plum and black cherry. Enjoy with beef, lamb, or wild game. Alcohol 15.2%. Production 164 cases. Aged in premium French and American oak. Small-lot fermentations with hand punch-downs and classic small scale winemaking techniques were used. Young at release date, could be cellared for five or more years. $20.99. October 2012... from a fan...

"the 2010 CS is quite possibly the best wine I have ever had. Yours is the only wine we get that I make a concerted effort (and it's hard) to put down in our cellar to age. We still have a little 2008 PV. I put down the odd other bottle but they are seldom better later. But yours ages wonderfully."

First review: Dan McGrew, Sept. 1, 2012

Next in line for me was the Cabernet Sauvignon. This was an inky dark wine that never thought about paling at the edges. It had a big, muscular frame that was evident just from the aromas. It had rich flavors of black cherries, black currants, oak and vanilla. There was nothing shy or reticent about this wine. It made a delicious statement. Good acid, strong tannin and a mouth filling finish. Very young and needs a couple of years to come together. 15.2% alcohol. $20.99. 180 cases produced.
 

2010 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Franc

Medal Winner November 2012, American Wine Society

Reviewed by Brian Kirby, theother46.com, May 2013

"I’m behind, way behind in keeping up with this site. No excuses, although my lapse is due to my love for local wine. I’ve been working tirelessly on an exciting, new website supporting the industry. I hope to share the news next week (so stay tuned). In the meantime, I hope to return to regularly scheduled programming this month.

I could be accused of sounding like a broken record, but I can’t help it when I describe Kinkead Ridge. I’ve raved about their wines since my first sip and continue to do so to this day. So I won’t attempt to write any more superlatives about their wines. Just try it! And if you love Cabernet Franc as much as I do, it’s all the more reason to get your hands on a bottle.

A varietally-correct wine, consistent with their 2008 bottling. I’m confident this will only get better with short-term cellaring. But good luck not opening…"

This wine's fragrant aromas of violet and black cherry precede a taste of full-bodied, richly flavored complexity, with raspberry and chocolate overtones. Enjoy with beef, turkey, pork and rich stews. Alcohol 15.3%. Production: 180 cases. Aged in premium French and American oak. Small-lot fermentations with hand punch-downs and classic small scale winemaking techniques were used. Young at release date, could be cellared for five or more years. $19.99. From cellartracker.com:

Deep ruby red; cedar and floral nose; red and black fruits, herbs, big tannins and good acidity making for a medium finish. While the nose isn't jumping out of the glass like the 2008 did, this has a great, well balanced palate. I'm a big Bordeaux fan and I'm not exaggerating when I say that if tasted blind, I would have guessed right bank Bordeaux...seriously. Rated 92

First review: Dan McGrew, Sept. 1, 2012

Cabernet Franc... This is usually the most forward of the Kinkead Ridge red wines and this year is no exception. There's a brighter color to this wine and the shades are more red than purple. Fresh aromas of red cherries and a bit of red currants in the nose. There's some vanilla from the oak as well. Bright, cheerful flavors of those red fruits are supported by a good structure of acid and tannin. It has the sweetest taste of any of the red wines, almost candy like on the first couple of sips. There's a tiny bit of heat at the finish. This wine will be gone by the time the Petit Verdot is ready to drink. 15.3% alcohol. 180 cases produced. $19.99.
 

2010 Kinkead Ridge Syrah This intriguing, intense and luxurious wine has excellent balance, smoky notes, deep ruby color and flavors of spice, pepper, plum and blackberry. Enjoy with beef, lamb, braised chicken and wild game. Alcohol 14.8%. Production: 91 cases. Aged in premium French and American oak. Small-lot fermentations with hand punch-downs and classic small scale winemaking techniques were used. Young at release date, could be cellared for five or more years. $19.99. First review: Dan McGrew, September 1

Let's start with a wine that was far and away my favorite of the four wines released, the 2010 Syrah. The wine was a dark purple color and was a bit paler at the edges - almost an electric purple. Wonderful fruity nose on this wine with bits of oak and a hint of smoke. It has deep flavors of black and red plums and white pepper, very deep flavors. The wood is noticeable but not overpowering and there is a good amount of tannin. The acid is great in this wine and it gives the wine a sharpness and an edge that balances out the deep flavors. The finish is long and smooth. Over the years I've tasted nearly every vintage of their red wines on release and this one is certainly at the very top. A year or so ago I opened a 2005 Syrah and it was the best wine I've had from Kinkead Ridge. I'm hoping for the same with this wine. 14.8 % alcohol, $20.99. 91 cases produced.
 

2010 Kinkead Ridge Petit Verdot Only the third vintage released since 2001. This intensely-colored dark purple, tannic complex wine displays a fragrant nose with tones of blackberry and leather. Enjoy with beef, lamb, or wild game. Alcohol 15.5%. Production: 63 cases. Aged in premium French and American oak. Small-lot fermentations with hand punch-downs and classic small scale winemaking techniques were used. Young at release date, could be cellared for five or more years. $21.99 First review: Dan McGrew, Sept. 1, 2012

There was Petit Verdot for this vintage, something that doesn't always happen, the last time being 2007. The best way to describe the color is "black." This is a dark, highly extracted wine with loads of black fruit and even more loads of tannin. Good fruity aromas of blackberries and earth, almost jam like in the nose. That sensation of jam carried over into the taste as well. To be fair, this wine hasn't totally come together in the bottle yet, but when it does it promises to be a mouth full. The 2005 is delicious at the moment and this wine should come along and in five years or more should be wonderful. 15.5% alcohol $21.99. 63 cases produced.

2011 Releases

It was a difficult year. The hot dry conditions of the 2010 harvest meant that tonnage was way down on the fruit, as the grapes were small, resulting in very little white wine. After Memorial Day, some white wine may be available to our wine store and restaurant customers. Despite the small production, the quality of the 2010 whites is excellent.

The 2009 reds were harvested in cold wet conditions. At lower price points on our second label, River Village Cellars, they are very attractive. There is no Petit Verdot or Syrah from the 2009 vintage.

Ron is "very happy" with all the wines.

 

2010 Kinkead Ridge Viognier/Roussanne

 

 

 


 

 

 

Hand-harvested on Sept. 18 and Sept. 25, this complex and enticing wine has the rich, distinctive aromas of violet and orange blossom of Viognier merging with the stone fruit and kiwi notes of Roussanne. An excellent dry wine with fish, shellfish and poultry. Serve slightly chilled. $15.95. Alcohol 15.1% Production: 115 cases.

First review, Dan McGrew

"One of the best parts of late May is the annual release of wines by wineries in southwest Ohio. Yesterday was no exception as a number of them released their wines, and among the group was Kinkead Ridge with the release of their white wines from 2010. There wasn't much of it but it was worth the drive to Ripley OH to pick up a case, especially considering that the 2009 vintage was so poor that most of the whites were on the second label and there was no Riesling at all.

The Viognier / Rousanne was distinctly different this vintage and was far and away my favorite. The last several vintages this wine were predominantly Viognier but in this vintage it was predominantly Rousanne. There was much more of a white peach and pear element to the wine and less of the orange and citrus quality. The oily viscosity was still there - this is a wine that coats the mouth. That unctuousness was balanced with great acidity and this wine had by far the longest finish of any of the white wines. For me this is the best vintage ever for this wine and maybe the best white ever from Kinkead. I liked the way it tasted and I loved the mouth feel and refreshing finish. Time will tell. 15.1% alcohol and $15.95. 124 cases produced.

By way of comparison, the 2010 vintage is 42% Viognier, the 2009 was 79% Viognier and the 2008 was 57% Viognier, with the balance being Rousanne. Those figures probably explain the difference with past vintages. Come fall it may be time for a vertical tasting on this wine since I have five vintages in the cellar."

Kinkead Ridge's signature white blend. The 2003 was rated in the Top 100 Exciting Wine Finds in the World by Tom Stevenson, British editor of the New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia.

For seven years, the federal government approved this label with the sentence "A Rhone blend of aristocratic varieties." This year we were thrown into a tizzy with our label printer when the label was rejected. They wanted it to say a "Rhone STYLE blend of aristocratic varieties." Luckily, through WineAmerica, a lobbying organization for U.S. wineries that we belong to, we were able to get a "Use Up" approved to print the labels as is this year.

May 2012 review

The wine? Very light golden color in the glass. The aromas were rich with orange peel, a touch of honeysuckle, white blossoms, and a tiny bit of lavender. The lavender was not something I was used to with this wine so I went back to sniffing four or five times with a few minutes interval between, and the nose was consistent. Very full bodied for a white wine, almost viscous in the glass. Wonderful tastes of peach and apricot and perhaps a little bit of lychee. There was a bit of fully ripe apple tastes in the wine as well. Long, dry finish that had some mineral qualities on the very end.

This is a wine that is a little bit serious and not at all shy. It more than stood up to the smoky flavors of the chicken. I really think the wine might overpower a delicate fish or bland chicken, but it certainly had a great partner with the spatchcocked chicken from the grill.

REVIEWED AUGUST 2012

The fish is a pan seared Coho salmon fillet. The rice is black, forbidden rice and the tomatoes are black cherry tomatoes tossed with olive oil and sea salt and set on fresh basil leaves and some crumbled goat cheese. The sauce was what made the meal so interesting. It was white wine, grapefruit juice, orange juice, shallots, ginger and saffron simmered together until reduced to a syrup and then finished with a few swirls of butter. Sharp and citrusy, and yet earthy from the shallots and saffron and perky with the notes of fresh ginger.

My first inclination for wine was a dry Riesling, but the saffron called me elsewhere. The choice was a 2010 Kinkead Ridge Viognier Roussanne. The wine is a blend of 42% Viognier and 58% Roussanne. The wine is full bodied and bold with aromas of oranges and herbs and it was a seamless companion to the orange flavors in the sauce. The Viognier picked up the saffron and earthiness while the oiliness of the Roussanne work great with the acid and the richness of the salmon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010 Kinkead Ridge White Revelation Hand-harvested on Sept. 13, this winegrower's blend is crisp, refreshing and aromatic. The wine has flavors of grapefruit, melon and pineapple with a honey note and a mineral finish, and is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and miscellaneous whites from the experimental block. $13.95. Alcohol 14.8%. Production: 67 cases. First review: Dan McGrew

"Revelation is a blend of the estate's white varieties, including sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and other white varieties. To my palate there seemed to be more sauvignon blanc in the mix this vintage since I got a greater then usual impression of herbs and fresh cut grass in the glass. The wine was citrusy and had a mineral quality similar to a French white from the Savoie. The wine had an austere and crisp quality to it that I liked. 14.8% alcohol and $13.95. 67 cases produced"

2010 Kinkead Ridge Riesling

 

 

 

 

Hand-harvested on Sept. 21, honeysuckle, apple and rose petal notes precede a flinty finish. This racy wine's floral front palate and sweetness balance its crisp acidity. Serve chilled with cold meats, light cheese, poultry, veal and Asian cuisine. Residual sugar 1.2%. $11.95. Alcohol 11.8%. Production: 82 cases.

Kind words from Barolo!

Ciao from Barolo,

I am just sending you a quick e-mail because while on a trip to Cincinnati to sell our wines recently, I bought a bottle of your 2010 Riesling.
... I opened it on Thursday with the cellar-masters from Marchesi di Gresy and La Spinetta in Barbaresco, and finished it yesterday with our UK importer and several other producers here in Piemonte, including Bartolo Mascarello, Mauro Mascarello, Sarotto, Cornarea, Fratelli Alessandria, Mario Fontana, La Colombera and Cascina Luisin.
The universal opinion of the wine was that it was very good - yesterday with our importer and the other producers, we tried it after a line-up of 16 Loire Valley whites, including the likes of Huet and Cotat, and your Riesling was in the same class (though quite a bit cheaper!).
Complimenti on a lovely bottle - keep up the good work!

Best wishes,

Evan Byrne.
Azienda Agricola Giovanni Rosso.

From Brian Kirby, theother46.com

"I’m fortunate to try some of the best local wines produced each year. I’m well aware, at least in most cases, several of the wines I feature are near impossible to purchase. Blame it on shipping laws, limited production or small marketing budgets, at the end of the day, most of the wines I write about are not going to make it into your glass.

This is never more evident than with Kinkead Ridge Winery. Located in Ripley, Ohio, Kinkead Ridge has garnered more awards and acclaim than most wineries from the other 46. But plagued by difficult shipping laws, low production wines and pending retirement, most will never have the opportunity to try their outstanding lineup of wines. Which is all the more reason for locals and visitors to jump on the Ohio wine trail and pay them a visit. Trust me, you’ll thank me afterwards."

March 2012 Review: Dan McGrew

"Nothing says spring like Riesling and yesterday the wine was the 2010 vintage from Kinkead Ridge here in Ohio. It was light and spring like on the nose with definite white flower and blossom aromas, a bit of crisp apple and a small hint of citrus. Fruity taste with some lime and lemon, apple and honeysuckle. Just off dry and a wonderful mouth feel. The wine ended almost dry with limestone in the finish. Perfect wine for the day and eating outside before the insects arrive for the year. The neighbor stopped by and we finished the bottle about dusk.

It was paired was with a butterflied chicken done on the grill and some pasta tossed with 2011 vintage olive oil, fresh from the garden tarragon, rosemary, thyme and spearmint which are already to a small harvesting stage. The mint and the wine were a quirky and delicious combination."


Second review: Dan McGrew

"Cool, crisp, fresh and primary also describes the 2010 Kinkead Ridge Ohio River Valley Riesling we had with dinner Thursday night. When this wine was released back in May it had just been bottled and seemed loose and light. Four months bottle age helped this wine. Now it is definitely focused and the Riesling flavors are coming to the front. This wine had a very linear taste - most of the flavor seems to run down the center of the tongue while the sides pick up the acidity. Very good with two grilled Kurabota pork, rib chops. One was cooked with minimal seasoning of salt and pepper and the other had some added paprika and once it was flipped on the grill the top was coated with a mango chutney. Hard to choose between the two chops but the wine was great with both."

First review: Dan McGrew

"The Kinkead Riesling is usually my favorite white from this winery, but not this year. The wine was very reserved and not forthcoming with much in the nose. After some swirling there was a floral bouquet that began to peek out. Light and crisp on the tongue the apple tastes were dominant but balanced by a little residual sugar, 1.2%. I liked the wine, but this year it wasn't my favorite. Considering it has only been in the bottle for only a week or so I will put mine away for six months and try it again this autumn. 11.8% alcohol and $11.95. 82 cases produced."

Nancy's comment: Some people liked this wine the best! Different tastes for different folks!
 

2010 River Village Cellars Traminette

A new world hybrid grape with a character reminiscent of Gewurztraminer. The grapes were grown at McCafferty and Meranda-Nixon vineyards, harvested September 14. A perfect match for southwest and Asian cuisine, or served well chilled makes a great summer sipping wine. Residual sugar 2.6%. $9.95. Alcohol 11.8%. Production: 111 cases.  
2009 River Village Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Our second label, River Village Cellars, is the home for engaging and aromatic everyday wines. Hand-harvested on October 21 through October 30, this blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller quantities of Syrah and Petit Verdot displays classic aromas of plum and black cherry. Enjoy with beef, lamb, pork or braised chicken. $12.95. Alcohol 13.1%. Production: 214 cases.

 

Not entered into any competitions due to small quantities and lighter style.

From dogswine.blogspot.com, February 2012

The 2009 vintage in this area, southwest Ohio, was miserable from a weather standpoint. It was wet and cold and basically a washout. Still there were grapes and if there are grapes there must be wine. There was.

There was a pan roasted rib eye steak the other night so I grabbed a 2009 River Village Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon. This is the second label for one of my favorite wineries, Kinkead Ridge. The year's entire production of red wines was moved off the primary label and bottled under this second label and sold at a more than reasonable price.

Nice cherry flavors with some earth notes underneath it, and surprisingly it was dry earth and not the wet mud that dominated much of the harvest. There was a small suggestion of darker fruit, but this primarily stayed on the red end of things. Unmistakably Cabernet, but definitely on the light side.

Good wine with the steak, and there was no sauce or heavy seasoning on the meat, just a simple steak and a simple wine to go with it. Nothing wrong with that, and at the price a good buy.

2009 River Village Cellars Cabernet Franc

Our second label, River Village Cellars, is the home for engaging and aromatic everyday wines. Hand-harvested on October 14, this wine displays a harmonious complexity with cherry overtones and modest tannins. A fine companion for beef, turkey, pork and richly flavored stews. $11.95. Alcohol 13.5%. Production: 240 cases.

 

Not entered into any competitions due to small quantities and lighter style.

Several of my wine store customers commented that this Franc is reminiscent of the style of the Chinon Cabernet Franc from France. Lighter in style.

Review of 2009 Cabernet Franc by Angela, wine-girl.net. As with our other wines, this wine has improved in the bottle with age, it was bottled in May of 2008.


"A Local Winery that Produces Some of the Best Cabernet Franc

I tasted the Kinkead Ridge Estate River Village Cellars Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc again. I love this winery, it's located in Ripley Ohio and their wine towers over so many California wines. The 2008 Cabernet Franc won the Jefferson Cup Invitational in which 600 wines entered and only 20 wines won in 5 different categories. Click here to view their other awards

The Cabernet Franc grape is usually blended with other red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. It's lighter than the Cabernet Sauvignon and more peppery. River Village Cellars Cabernet Franc is 100% Cabernet Franc. Tastes of cherry, raisin, and oak fills the pallet with medium tannins. The grapes were cold-soaked and fermented in small bins aged in American and French oak barrels. A great wine that goes with beef, stews, red sauce pastas, and pork."
 

 

There were no Kinkead Ridge red wines from 2009. All are second label. There is no Petit Verdot and no Syrah.
Thanks to Mother Nature.

 Production: 2001-2013
Release Year Cabernet
Sauvignon
Cabernet
Franc
Syrah
Red Revelation
(Winegrower's blend)
Petit Verdot
Chambourcin Viognier / Roussanne
White Revelation
(Winegrower's blend)
River Village Cellars White Wine Riesling
Traminette
Seuval Sauvignon Blanc
2014 2012 RVC. 172 cases 2012 RVC. 174 cases None produced None Produced None Produced 2012 RVC. 111 cases. 2013 KR. 257 cases 2013 KR. 146 cases None produced 2013 KR. 179 cases 2013 RVC. 185 cases 2013 RVC. 87 cases No longer produced
2013 2011 KR. 300 cases 2011 KR. 304 cases 2011 KR. 44 cases None produced 2011 KR. 82 cases. 2012 KR. 91 cases. None produced 2012 RVC. 160 cases None produced 2012 RVC. 99 cases. None produced
2012 2010 KR. 164 cases. 2010 KR. 180 cases. 2010 KR. 99 cases None produced 2010 KR. 63 cases 91 cases None produced 160 cases
Riesling, Seyval Blanc, and misc. from Revelation, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, etc.
None produced 2011 RVC. 85 cases None produced
2011 301 cases. Release date Sept. 2013  311 cases, Rekease date Sept. 2013 44 cases. Release date Sept. 2013 None produced 82 cases. Release date Sept. 2013 110 cases 86 cases   101 cases River Village Cellars. 85 cases. Grapes sourced from McCafferty Bridge Vineyards  
2010 162 cases. Release date Sept. 2012 180 cases.  Release date Sept. 2012 91 cases.  Release date Sept. 2012 None produced 63 cases
Release date Sept. 2012
115 cases 67 cases   82 cases River Village Cellars 111 cases. Grapes sourced from Meranda-Nixon and McCafferty Vineyards None produced. Generally blended into white Revelation.
2009 Difficult vintage. 214 cases. Releasing September 2011. Second label River Village Cellars Difficult vintage. 240 cases. Releasing September 2011. Second label River Village Cellars. None produced None produced None produced 126 cases None produced. Replaced by second label River Village Cellars White Wine, 42 cases, Released May 2010   None produced, blended into 2009 River Village Cellars white wine None produced None produced
2008 364 cases, Released Sept. 2010 388 cases, Released Sept. 2010 194 cases, Released Sept. 2010 None produced 76 cases, released September or November 2010 367 cases 147 cases   225 cases 73 cases (River Village Cellars) None produced
2007 246 cases 216 cases None produced None produced None produced None produced 48 cases (Easter frost)   38 cases (Easter frost!) None produced None produced
2006 None produced 375 cases (River Village Cellars) 179 cases (River Village Cellars) 404 cases None produced 303 cases 125 cases   184 cases None produced None produced
2005 344 cases 383 cases 187 cases None produced 76 cases 299 cases (River Village Cellars) 84 cases   147 cases 199 cases None produced
2004 355 cases 355 cases 149 cases None produced None produced 177 cases 56 cases   118 cases None produced None produced
2003 228 cases 135 cases 56 cases None produced None produced 75 cases None produced   17 cases (second label) None produced 39 cases
2002 None produced None produced None produced 110 cases None produced None produced None produced   23 cases None produced None produced
2001 None produced 120 cases 95 cases 120 cases   None produced None produced   55 cases
(white table wine)
None produced None produced