Review: Wines of Eric Kent, 2009 Releases

Review: Wines of Eric Kent, 2009 Releases

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Massive apologies to my friend Renee Humphrey for being so terribly slow at getting this tasting report online from our visit over a week ago.

Renee (who refused to be photographed) led me through two of the winery’s upcoming 2007 vintage releases and an already-out 2006. Eric Kent specializes in pinot noir, syrah, and chardonnay; the winery’s vintages are a regular favorite of mine at tasting events.

Notes on three current vintages follow:

2007 Eric Kent Wine Cellars Chardonnay Sonoma Coast – Buttery but tart with a nice apple bite. Melon notes on teh finish make this chardonnay a winner. B+

2007 Eric Kent Wine Cellars Pinot Noir Stiling Vineyard Russian River Valley – Amazing cedar and pine tree notes play atop light tannin and smokiness. The rich, velvety mouthfeel is unforgettable, but it’s the strong cherry fruit character that makes this pinot a knockout. A (rated A- earlier this year)

2006 Eric Kent Wine Cellars Syrah Dry Stack Vineyard Bennett Valley – Cocoa, caramel, and even creme brulee are all uncharacteristic in syrah, but provide amazing complexity. Bottle had been open a day and was feeling slightly tired, but still quite open and easy-drinking. A- (also rated A- earlier this year)

Thanks to Renee for a lovely lunch and to Winery Collective for hosting our tasting!

2007 Eric Kent Wine Cellars Chardonnay Sonoma Coast




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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