2018-C Kokomo Cuvée Red Blend, North Coast, California (750ml)
A Monthly Wine Club Selection
This wine is wildly aromatic and full of dark fruit. The palate shows many layers of blackberry, plum, white pepper and a hint of clove. It is rich and gripping with firm tannins and has a long, juicy finish.
Kokomo Winery is perched on the East side of Dry Creek Valley amidst 120 acres of prime benchland vineyards of Timber Crest Farms. Owner and winemaker Erik Miller started the winery in 2004. He named it after his hometown of Kokomo, Indiana, and decided on a Coastal Cypress Tree as the logo to signify his move out west. Kokomo currently produces over a dozen different varietals. Several of his single-vineyard designates are farmed by his partner in the winery, Randy Peters. Kokomo Winery focuses their terroir-driven wines on the three distinctive appellations of Sonoma County: Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Alexander Valley. This dynamic partnership of a grower and a winemaker ensures the winery’s ongoing commitment to quality and consistency for future vintages.
Kokomo Cuvée is a focused blend that is inspired by the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Fifty percent of this blend (comprised of 26% Grenache, 10% Zinfandel, 9% Carignan and 5% Petite Sirah) is made up of fruit from Tollini Vineyard, which is owned and farmed by third generation farmer Alvin Tollini. Located in the Redwood Valley AVA of Mendocino, Tollini is 100% dry-farmed. The other half of this blend is made with Syrah grapes grown in the cool climate of the Sonoma Coast appellation. The Syrah provides more richness on the palate and a distinctive white pepper character that the varietal is known for. This cuvée was processed in a combination of stainless-steel tanks and open-top fermentors. The resulting wine was aged for 11 months in 20% new oak.