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Review: Wines of Kelley & Young, 2017 Releases

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Late Harvest Zinfandel

Recently we attended Kelley & Young Winery’s first Meet the Winemakers Dinner and enjoyed a selection of this California-based operations products. Here’s our impression of the wines served.

2015 Kelley & Young Sauvignon Blanc finishes fermenting at a lower alcohol content a month after crushing the grapes. This Sauvignon Blanc has a clear pretty yellow color and a bright scent, reminiscent of grapefruit, that is less brassy than many other Sauvignon Blancs on the market. The palate of lemon, vanilla, and pear mingle nicely. It has a light dry finish, making it the perfect wine to go with appetizers. B / $27

2015 Kelley & Young Kathleen Rosé has a blush rose color. On the nose, strawberries and cherry notes hint at an overall sweetness. Five varietals of grapes are used to make it. A / $25

2014 Kelley & Young Zinfandel has a beautiful, ruby red body with a lovely bouquet. While aromatically rich, I get a nose of phosphorous. The taste of dark, sweet cherries comes through with a light but spicy dryness on the finish. B+ / $36

2014 Kelley & Young Late Harvest Zinfandel starts off with a rich, blood red color. As you would expect from a dessert wine, it is sweet both in scent and palate, but not syrupy. The palate hints at a Port with notes of cherry and chocolate — which is particularly clear because the winemakers indeed add dark chocolate tannin to the blend. Coming through that are notes of dark cherries and oak. A+ / $35

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Kim Richards

Kim Richards lives in Santa Rosa, California. She is an author, amateur cheese maker, wine/mead maker, and a novice home brewer. She enjoys a nice cocktail while listening to live music, watching movies and mixed martial arts, or dining at home and in restaurants. She and her husband frequent festivals and love to visit breweries and distilleries. Favorite cocktail: Old Fashioned with maple syrup.

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