Creamy and plush, this wine offers knockout aromas of black truffle, tomato skin, and strawberry jam, and in the mouth you'll find firm acidity to keep the flavors focused. This is Grand Cru Napa Valley Merlot if we have ever tasted it, which is why so many elite wineries are lined up for 90% of Kenefick's fruit.
The story of Kenefick Ranch is a microcosm of the Napa Valley’s own story over the last 40 years. When Dr. Tom Kenefick first laid eyes on this 125-acre vineyard in 1978, the owner was cultivating between his 90-year old, head-pruned, Italian grapevines with a horse and plow. Tom, a fastidious and scientifically-minded neurosurgeon in San Francisco, spent the next 20 years of weekends replanting the vineyard to Bordeaux cultivars, and today he still tends the vineyard closel. Until 2002, all of this vineyard’s production went to luminaries like Phelps, Shafer, and Pride Mountain Vineyards. Today, 90% of the grapes are still sold to folks like Etude, Caymus, and Merryvale, but the finest 10% of production is held back for the good Doctor’s own wines. This is Grand Cru Napa Valley Cabernet if we have ever tasted it, which is why so many elite wineries are lined up for the fruit.