For the Wine Collector, a Valuable Addition From Sonoma

(DGIwire) – Some wine collectors pride themselves on their knowledge of the intricacies of winemaking, the ins and out of different vintages and the subtle gradations of taste that distinguish a fine wine from a less memorable one. But it isn’t necessary to be an expert. According to Wine Enthusiast magazine, maintaining a wine collection can be easily learned.

A modest wine collection can be located at any place in the home that maintains a relatively stable temperature throughout the year, is away from sunlight and is vibration-free, notes Wine Enthusiast. Don’t buy too much wine at once; and buying too much of the same type of wine ignores the likelihood that the collector’s tastes will evolve over time. One of the joys of wine collecting is experimentation. The bulk of a collection should be wines that can be enjoyed within a few years, to ensure their quality will not decline before they are sampled.

“Every bottle of wine comes with a story,” says Kevin Kinsella, founder of Kinsella Estates, a boutique winery in Sonoma County, California. “When carefully curating their collections, wine enthusiasts see enormous value in rare vintages from smaller, boutique wineries with interesting proprietors and winemakers.”

Kinsella Estates has produced some remarkable wines that could serve as the stars of any collection. For example, in November 2017, Wine Spectator magazine placed Kinsella’s Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley Spencer Vineyard in the Top Twenty of its list of recommended California cabernets, citing its “rich, juicy, seductive style, with tiers of blackberry, licorice, dusty, loamy earth and anise. Engaging and deftly balanced.” It was only one of two from Sonoma County to make the top of the list.

Kinsella Estates is an organically farmed vineyard situated in a private valley in the foothills of the western edge of Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. Elevated 500 feet above the Russian River, the valley enjoys a warm climate that virtually never sees winter frost. The hills even harbor occasional citrus trees.

In the summer of 2008, the latter two blocs were replanted with four different clones of cabernet sauvignon, handpicked by Kinsella Estates’ winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown. Also, two-thirds of an acre of Wente clone zinfandel was planted, as well as eight rows of petit verdot.

The Kinsella Estates vineyard is composed of three blocs: the Heirloom Vineyard, a steep-sloping, two-acre, 18-year-old parcel, wedged in between an arroyo and a knoll of Spanish oaks; the six-acre Jersey Boys Vineyard and the four-acre, lakeside Spencer Vineyard. The arroyo that runs between the Jersey Boys and Spencer vineyards feeds the lake, which in turn irrigates the vines. All Kinsella Estates wines are produced from organically grown grapes without pesticides or herbicides. All fruit comes from the estate. They buy no fruit and sell no fruit.

“The bond of friendship among our winemaker, vineyard manager, viticulturalist, ranch hand, the land, the water and the sun now extends to our customers, who have joined that circle of friendship, a relationship noted on our label as built ‘Su Una Stretta di Mano,’ on a handshake,” Kinsella adds.

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